The best camping near Fort Stevenson State Park

Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next Fort Stevenson adventure.

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Mellow Moose Campground

50 sites · RVs, Tents9 acres · Minot, ND
Beautiful wooded sites create a shaded and cozy camping experience! We are a brand new campground opening in the Summer of 2023, so more amenities will become available as the summer progresses. We are excited to announce we are starting to open our tent sites. These sites have electricity. Camper vans and truck-mounted campers can fit in some of these sites. Due to the wooded nature of the site, travel trailers over 35 feet long will have difficulty moving through the campground. I would be happy to chat if you have any questions about whether your unit will fit in the campground. Note: - The Mellow Moose Campground is currently under construction. Follow our progress on social media! - The Bison Plant Trail is a hiking and biking trail for the whole family! It is located nearby and popular all year long. Also, it's a great spot for birding! - Reservations are now being accepted. Mellow Moose Campground has 3 loops. Sites 1-19 are mostly back-in RV sites. Sites 20-39 are tent sites; while pick-up campers and sprinter vans are welcome, there are no pull-behind trailers allowed on these sites. Sites 41-48 are mostly pull-through RV sites.
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The best camping near Fort Stevenson State Park guide



Fort Stevenson State Park features modern campgrounds, cabins, and a visitor’s center, but anglers know this as the walleye capital of North Dakota. In fact, it hosts a variety of fishing tournaments including the Governor’s Cup Walleye Fishing Derby. While most of the land was historically used for agriculture, sections of native mixed grass prairie still remain. Common native plants found here are little bluestem, blue grama, needle-and-thread, and western wheatgrass, along with purple coneflower, fringed sage, lead plant, and prairie smoke. There’s also an arboretum containing over 50 native and non-native trees, shrubs, wildflowers, and grasses has been established near the campgrounds. Two rare animals, the piping plover and the black-tailed prairie dog, can be found within the park.

Notable campgrounds

  • 55 Modern Plus Campsites: These sites offer full hookups, including electricity, water, and sewer, for a comfortable camping experience.
  • 18 Group Modern Campsites: Ideal for larger gatherings, these sites allow multiple units and provide electricity and water.
  • 17 Primitive Campsites: For a more rustic adventure, these sites offer a back-to-nature camping experience with basic amenities.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  • Book early, as reservations can be made 95 days in advance and tend to fill up quickly, especially for peak seasons.
  • Consider staying during weekdays for better availability and a quieter experience.
  • Keep an eye on cancellations, which can provide last-minute opportunities for popular dates.
  • Explore nearby camping options if your preferred campsite is unavailable, as the park offers a range of accommodations.

When to go

The best time to visit Fort Stevenson State Park is from mid-May through September when the weather is warm and all facilities are open. Winter offers a unique charm for those prepared for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, but be aware that some amenities may be limited during this season.

Know before you go

  • Check the weather forecast and pack accordingly, as conditions can change rapidly.
  • Remember that pets are welcome but must remain on a leash, with off-leash areas available for their enjoyment.
  • Non-smoking policies are in place for all cabins, ensuring a clean and healthy environment for all guests.
  • For marina and boat rental inquiries, contact the park directly to ensure availability and rates.
  • Be mindful of park safety guidelines, especially when engaging in water activities or exploring trails.

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