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Icelandic State Park

Cavalier, North Dakota


13571 Highway 5
Cavalier, North Dakota 58220
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Sites: 160
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 48.77288
Longitude: -97.73527

Elevation: 983' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ Only 55+ Only no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking yes
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts yes
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup no
  • Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP)
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • Public Phone Public Phone no
  • Water Water yes
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area yes
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar yes
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault yes
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room no
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Beach Beach yes
  • Biking Biking yes
  • Boating Boating yes
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes ?
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts no
  • Pickleball Pickleball no
  • Water Access Water Access yes

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13 Reviews

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Review Count: 173
States Visited: 42
Helpful Reviews: 33

Date of Stay: September, 2019 - $32.00
Overall Rating:

Just west of Calvalier, ND is the Gunlogson State Nature Preserve and dammed up Tongue river with a nice visit-nature-history-office, with five historic buildings including the beautiful Hallson Icelandic Lutheran church, all you can enter. The Icelandic State park CG cost is $25/day plus $7/each day fee, so $32/day actually. The CG has three loops, plus a primitive cg area. the bathhouses in two of the loops were already closed in mid-September. All three looked externally very nice. All the mostly gravel sites are pull through arcs by the paved roads with electricity. Most sites are slanted side to side some. There are scattered water faucets by the roads, all most all needing about a 20 foot plus hose to get to. There is a entrance area dump. Lots of bass and bur oaks trees. There is the large Renwick lake with rental boats in season. Easy biking about. We camped at Icelandic State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
99
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
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Review Count: 24
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: August, 2019 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

What a pretty park. There's a nice little museum in the visitor's center -both inside and outside. The county has a museum across the street that's quite good. The campground itself it clean, the sites are huge, and there are enough trees to keep it fairly private. Our site was a very short walk from the beach where we rented kayaks for a very reasonable amount. Paddling around the lake was very pleasant. Safe place for kids to swim. We could have easily stayed here a week or two. We camped at Icelandic State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 92
States Visited: 27
Helpful Reviews: 19

Date of Stay: August, 2019 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

All interior roads are asphalt and in good condition. Sites are a mix of gravel, dirt and grass. All sites are electric and water only, although there is a dump station on the way out. There is a nice beach with a concession stand that operates on a limited schedule. We camped at Icelandic State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
116
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt, Grass
Site Type
Pull through
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

There is a missile site tour available about 10 miles west of the park. These were built during the height of the Cold War era.

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Review Count: 25
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: June, 2019 - $24.00
Overall Rating:

Stayed here while visiting Winnipeg Canada - gem in the woods so to speak. Park was exceptionally clean and well maintained. Sites were all pull-thru with electric and water (50 ft hose is best) in an arc right on paved roads- no sewer but dump station was excellent and easy to use. Stayed in North Loop with sites being very level and roomy for our MH. Super quiet during the week and weekend use was fuller but not as noisy as one would expect with families. No wifi but there was access at heritage center at parks entrance. Will stay here again if in the area. We camped at Icelandic State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
104 North Loop
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 35
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: July, 2018 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

ONLY reason we couldn't give this gem a 10 was because of 2 small items - 1. No sewer connection, 2. narrow (but paved) roads. Were there for the max 14 days, which meant that every 4/5 days, we had to unhook and drive our coach to the dump station along the narrow, winding roads, a bit of a pain. Otherwise, Icelandic State Park was a really great place to camp, the campground itself is on the banks of Lake Renwick and Renwick Dam on which boating and fishing was allowed. There is also a very nice beach and concession. Icelandic State Park had many sites, mostly pull throughs which were paved and mostly level (ours was perfect), there were plenty of trees ad manicured grass areas making the whole park quite pretty. The Bathhouses were always spotless, plenty of hot water! Also on the grounds of Icelandic is a fascinating museum called the "Pioneer Heritage Center" with exhibits from the Homesteading days and the original Gunlogson family Homestead. With this museum was a number of original and restored buildings, some from the original homestead and others brought from other areas nearby. Of nearby, the pretty little town of Cavalier is just 5 miles down the road with 2 supermarkets and a hardware store. If you're in this part of beautiful North Dakota - do not miss this park! We WILL be back. Other attractions about 10/15 miles away was the little town of Walhalla on the way to beautiful Pembina Gorge, there is a Ski Resort which has a summer theater called Frost Fire - well worth the visit. Also, only about an hour away, is the beautiful and interesting city of Winnipeg across in Canada. There is really so much to see and do around Icelandic State Park! We camped at Icelandic State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
36
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Icelandic State Park is near so much, across the road was another fascinating and interesting, Pembina County Museum, up highway 5 about 6 miles was a Missile Site #3, left over from the Cold War and now owned by a private individual who is restoring it and giving guided tours.

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Review Count: 20
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: July, 2017 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

Beautiful state park with private sheltered, shaded sites. Small lake in the park. Frostfire, a nearby summer theater in Walhalla, ND puts on a nice community show every summer. A local foundation is working on developing the Pembina Gorge, a unique gorge in the middle of the flat Red River Valley. The park also has an historical display of Icelandic culture. We camped at Icelandic State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 92
States Visited: 27
Helpful Reviews: 19

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

We were camped in the north loop on the inner part of the loop. The water hookup was at the back of the site which is on a shared pedestal. The electric hookup is in an odd spot right outside the door of the trailer. The showers are free of charge and clean. There was a small beach with a concession stand and a fishing dock near the primative camping sites. There is also a interesting museum at the Pioneer Heritage centre with a small gift shop. We really enjoyed our stay at this park and can't wait to go back. The only negative was there is no sewer so long stays not practical for us. We camped at Icelandic State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
127
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

The campsites are well spaced and have shade. Most do not have level parking areas (slightly inclined), so bring some boards to level your RV. Although there are no lakeside RV campsites, the beach area is very nice -- and just a short walk. We camped at Icelandic State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
2
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
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Review Count: 15
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

20 is nightly fee but there is a $4 reservation fee and a daily vehicle permit fee. $54.00 for two nights and it was worth it. Park was virtually empty as we stayed on a Tuesday and Wednesday. Great playgrounds in several areas of the park. Big Rig friendly (our 40' motorhome fit well). Would have been a 10 if the water wasn't located at the back of the rig and we needed a short extension. You can swim in the lake and picnic on the tables nearby under the trees. This park is just beautiful. No sewer but there is a dump. At this time they are doing construction at the main entrance. You will need to take a gravel/dusty detour but the park is worth it. We camped at Icelandic State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 183
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 27

Date of Stay: August, 2012 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

The good news is every RV site is a pull through! The bad news is the shared water faucets. If you can get a spot in the West loop (which is 100% first come first serve), you get your own water faucet. Both the South Loop (100% reservations only) and the North Loop (part first come, first serve, part reservation only) have shared water faucets, one faucet between every other site. You will need 50 feet, maybe more, of hose. But the good news is there are two water faucets on the shared pole. So, you won't have to negotiate with your neighbor over using a splitter. Water irritation aside, this is a great park! The spacing between each site is adequate, the acreage per spot is adequate. There are plenty of trees for shade. Although every spot is a pull through, the bad news is the spots on the right of the driving road are easy to get into. The spots on the left of the driving road require either that you make a 180 degree U-Turn to get in, or that you turn around and approach the site from the other direction. Basically, this means you can drive both directions on the driving road, but the driving road is not wide enough for two lane driving. YIKES! The third alternative is that you can just pull in with a left turn, and put up with the hookups being on the "wrong" side. There are some "double" sites for buddy camping in each loop. If you can get one of those, the "shared" water faucets are more conveniently located. There is a beautiful primitive tent area with adequate spacing and adequate shade for tents. There are also three "park here, hike it in there" tent sites near the lake. You don't have to hike too far. Those sites have the best shade. Swimming pool had been marked "yes," but I changed it to "no." There is no swimming pool, but there is a "no lifeguard" swimming area in the lake. Also, plenty of playgrounds for children. During the summer, there is a concession stand with pizza and ice cream on weekends only. If you have the North Dakota annual pass, the rate is $20. Without the pass it's $25. Good TV reception of a few channels over the antenna. Good reception with Verizon cellular modem, cell phone, and "Home Phone Connect" service. I would love to give this park a 10, but the shared water faucets requiring 50 feet or more of hose, and the "not wide enough for two lane driving but two lane driving is still allowed" driving road make me only give it an 8. We camped at Icelandic State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2011 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

This is a very well maintained State Park. The lake is a man made lake and therefore is not the biggest body of water and it's popular with people looking to water-ski, jet-ski etc. All the sites in the main campground are pull through sites and are of good size with grassy areas on each site. The park has 3 different modern washroom buildings in the campground area. So well laid out and maintained the park is very enjoyable. Almost so much so that it's becoming tougher and tougher to even get sites during the summer weekends. We camped at Icelandic State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 89
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: September, 2010 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

Beautiful place, the museum and trails are great. It's big enough to use the bikes and don't forget the Pembook Museum across the road with many, many restored vehicles and tractors. Would return in a heartbeat. We camped at Icelandic State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2007 - $14.00
Overall Rating:

Very beautiful campground that is kept up immaculately. Swimming beach is great for the kids. Very impressive fishing pier with railings around it (keeps young kids at bay) and quite a few small perch that keeps kids interested. We camped at Icelandic State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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