The best camping near Garrison Dam & Lake Sakakawea

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Those looking to enjoy the prairie life can enjoy the oasis of Garrison Dam and Lake Sakakawea. Set amongst the prairie and badlands of North Dakota, those who seek adventure here will be rewarded with killer views, history, and tons of opportunity for exploration. Tour the powerhouse or local fish hatchery, the sheer number of fish will have you running out to the lake for a day of casting lines and snagging prizes! Even in the winter, Ice fishing is popular and made easy with close by camping. Explore the Audubon National Wildlife Refuge for a look into the heart of America. Wetlands, prairies, and stunning sunsets are right at your feet. If that doesn’t quench your sense of wonder, spend the day swimming and boating the shoreline of America’s 3rd largest manmade lake. If you can’t find a little “awe” out here, you might want to have your pulse checked!

When to go

The prime time to visit Garrison Dam & Lake Sakakawea is during the warm summer months when the prairie is in full bloom and the lake's waters are inviting. However, be mindful of the winter season, as North Dakota's harsh cold can limit access and activities, making it less ideal for visits.

Know before you go

  • Check weather conditions before your visit, as North Dakota's climate can change rapidly.
  • Be aware of water safety guidelines when engaging in recreational activities on the lake.
  • Accessibility may vary across different areas, so plan accordingly if you require specific accommodations.
  • Stay informed about any seasonal closures or restrictions that might affect your visit.
  • Remember to pack essentials for a day out, including water, sunscreen, and insect repellent.

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