Camping in the stunning Badlands and prairies of North Dakota makes it easy to see how this state was the birthplace of the conservation movement.
The sprawling state of North Dakota has a very direct connection to the conservation movement. President Theodore Roosevelt made environmentalism a priority of his administration after being enraptured in his youth by the state's natural beauty. Make sure to visit Theodore Roosevelt National Park near the Montana border if you've got any interest in geology. Here you can see the fabled Badlands, some of the planet's most impressive examples of slow erosion.
Surprisingly, this landlocked state also has some good options for spending time on the water. Lake Sakakawea State Park sits about 90 minutes north of state capital Bismarck. A full-service marina and boat ramps make this a hot spot for salmon fishing. The attached tiny, quaint town of Pick City (which features a population of just 200!) serves visitors year-round.
A bit to the east, Grahams Island State Park is also a great place to access coastal camping. With miles of lakeshore on the surrounding Devils Lake, fishing is a big draw here. Plenty of fishing resources are available to visitors. There are also many fishing tournaments held here. The park is open year-round with ice fishing and cross-country skiing available when the cold seasons come.