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8 RV Parks near Garrison, North Dakota
Jun 2016 - $17.00
Campground is located on the shores of Lake Sakakawea. There are quite a few seasonal campers in the park, but their sites are clean and well-maintained. Our site (201) was huge as were all the sites in the same area of the park. We were able to pull into the site as if it was a pull-through, so it was very easy to park. Our campsite was on grass, but some sites are on gravel. Also, some sites are quite large while others are very close together so be sure and check out the map before making a reservation. We had electricity, but no water or sewer. There may be drinking water in the park, but it wasn't labeled and we couldn't tell for sure. There is definitely no dump station, which can be a bummer. There is water and a dump station (both free) in Garrison, however. The best part of this experience was the office girl who works Friday through Sunday. She was very friendly and helpful and will make sure you get the best available site if you talk to her. - Bobbi1948
Aug 2019 - $29.00
We stayed seven nights in a 40 foot fifth wheel. This is a beautiful park in a great location on the Lewis and Clark Trail. The park is clean, well maintained, and the staff were very helpful. Note only the north loop is full hookup. We were able to move there after three days in a back-in water/electric site. Also note that some to the back-in sites share both a water pole and an electric pole. We had electric hookup on the left shared with that neighbor and water hookup on the right shared with that neighbor. Forces you to say howdy. Seriously, make sure you have enough electric cable, water hose, and a splitter for the spigot. The full hookup sites in the north loop are the most spacious sites I have ever seen. Most have room for RV, vehicle, boat and more. Really amazing. Paved roads, easy to navigate, easy water access, utilities work great. Many folks bring boats and fish, so have a ball. - Moe and Flo are on the go
Jul 2018 - $20.00
Another great North Dakota state park!! This state runs a great program and this park was no exception,loved it. Lake is beautiful and BIG. No cable or wifi but that's all ND state parks. - Donny and Donna
May 2017 - $30.00
We thought Lewis and Clark State Park in Williston, ND was great, but Ft. Stevenson State Park in Garrison, ND was even greater! The spaces were huge, with lots of trees around them. The roads were paved and easy to navigate. We had full hook-ups, a fire pit, a picnic table, the works. Plus the marina isn't very far and they sell ice cream. The entire park was in pristine condition and very quiet. The staff were courteous and ready to help with anything you needed. - Marilynintexas
Jun 2017 - $30.00
An off the beaten' path camp that was suggested to us by a fellow camper. The customer service is incredible. We took a wrong turn and the owners sent a person to guide us to the park. The RV park is on a hill but the sites were level. This is an absolutely beautiful location. The view of Lake Sakakawea is truly amazing. There were quite a few RVs here but it is deceiving because they are spread out over a large area with big, grassy sites. Quite a few hiking trails. Our 30 Amp service was good. There is a well stocked convenience store on site. - docsouce
Aug 2018 - $9.00
This was a lovely campground. There is no office. You make reservations online. Lake Sakakawea is the 3rd largest reservoir in the U.S. The Garrison Dam is a 2-1/2 mile long earthen dam. The sites are roomy. We had a site right on the lake shore with a full unobstructed view of the water outside our window. There are two loops. One has electric with water fill points and a dump station. The other has no facilities. There is no bathroom. Just two pit toilets. The town of Garrison is cute. There is not much to see in the area but the beauty of nature is everywhere. - Melodycthomas
May 2018 - $9.00
This appears to be primarily a fishing destination. We were there before the high season, and it was mostly empty & quiet. We never saw an attendant, but because you book online, that wasn't an issue. The attendant was in a trailer on the Pike Loop, but we had no need. It might get busy and noisy at the height of the fishing season, but it was very tranquil during our stay. We were just passing through, so the location was perfect. There's some scattered trees, but in hot weather it would probably get toasty. And there's little privacy to speak of. But it's roomy, and I doubt even when full it would feel cramped. Our site was 50 amp, there's no water or sewer. It's very convenient to Highway 83, and the traffic noise was not an issue. There's not much nearby in the way amenities. there's a gas station at the entrance, but no nearby towns or restaurants. Overall, this is a nice way-point destination, and you might be able to squeeze in an evening of fishing . . . - J Mike G
Jun 2017 - $8.00
Stayed here two nights in site 26 while passing through with a 27 foot motorhome and a tow car. Price reflects Senior Pass discount. Another well laid out COE campground. I was there in the middle of the week and had a site that backed up to Lake Audubon. Hardly anyone else there. Sites are gravel and level and easy to access. No shade at the sites on the lake and only a little in other places. There are two loops -- one with electric and one for tent campers. The tent sites were really nice -- some back in the woods and some right on the lake. There is a small but nice sand/gravel beach at the end of the primitive loop along with a small playground and there is also a completely separate day use area with a boat ramp. Sitting out in the lake breeze watching the white pelicans and other birds was absolutely lovely. That night the storm hit --25 MPH winds for 5 hours straight and the wind was aimed right at the campground. Between the howling wind, the shaking RV, and the crashing of waves it was rather a restless night. Suddenly the major rock bulkhead on the lake shore made sense. The family a few sites down in a trailer picked up and left early. Warning: if you need to fill up with water you need to take an immediate right after you turn off the main road into the campground to access the dump/fill station. There is a sign that tells you the location on the way out but not on the way in. I completely missed it. This is also the location of the fish cleaning bench. - SoloRed
Aug 2019 - $25.00
This North Dakota State Park is a real gem. Just about all sites have a great water view. Bathrooms and showers were very nice and clean. Sites are very spacious with lots of room along the waterline between neighbors. Many sites were unoccupied even in mid-August. This is a definite stopping point. However, be aware of countless ladybugs everywhere and biting flies along the water. - EVO_Bob
Aug 2016 - $22.00
We were looking for a place to spend a couple of quiet days. We're self contained and don't use the facilities except for an occasional shower. We camped here on the weekend before Labor Day.
This is a large, beautiful campground on a peninsula in Lake Sakakawea. There are several distinct loops throughout the park. We stayed at Fishing Point which is primitive: no hookups. The sites are huge, grassy, no shade and all are right on the lake. The sites were not full over the weekend. The Far Loop sites are also primitive and most are large with good views. The Elbow Loop has large, gravel pad sites and water/electric. Sites along the perimeter have nice views. Some are pull throughs. Some of the Van Hook sites had nice views. The Sanish Loop had water/electric and had mostly long, narrow sites and felt crowded.
The park is meticulously maintained. The staff was helpful and friendly. Despite signs, there was no usable wifi. There's good ATT and Verizon cell coverage. - dsvt
Sep 2015 - $22.00
This campground has 249 first-come first-served sites and offers both electric/water hookups for $25 per night and non-hookup sites for $17 per night. Every site has a picnic table and a fire ring. This campground is pet-friendly. The pads in the non-hookup loop (we were in Fishing Point) are grassy and not entirely level, but easily workable with a few blocks.
The non-hookup loops and dump station area have potable water and threaded faucets. The water itself tasted a little funky during our stay, but it wasn't bad. The on-premises dump station is very large and surprisingly clean with four lanes for your dumping pleasure. Be warned if you stay here on a holiday weekend and need to dump-leave early or be prepared to wait.
During our stay the grounds were clean and well maintained. The grass was cut and the roads were free of major pot holes. The rangers came by every few hours to make sure everything was okay. Unfortunately, they didn't seem intent on enforcing the rules, as a quite a few of them drove by our neighbors who had all three of their dogs (and all four of their toddlers) off-leash and mostly unsupervised for the entire weekend.
We had excellent cell and data reception with 4 solid bars of Verizon LTE and 5 bars of Verizon 3G. We were able to stream videos and run updates the entire time we were there and had no interruption in service.
We often avoid state parks because they sometimes charge extra fees in addition to their camping fees. This place is no exception. Non-hookup sites are listed at $17, but you are also charged an additional $5 day-use pass per vehicle. But for a lakeside campground with amenities, the total nightly cost is still very reasonable. We'd easily stay there again the next time we are in the area. - technogypsies
Aug 2019 - $11.00
This was our 2nd visit to Downstream Campground (COE). Our only regret was not reserving a site for a multi-day visit several weeks in advance. During our visit we concluded, from the number of visitors with North and South Dakota license plates, that the CG is a short-term vacation meca local residents. Pros: Extremely low daily CG fees, three large CG loops with sites that are spacious, long, level, and easily accommodate the biggest RVs and trailers, 100ft shade trees and wide swaths of manicured lawns between each campsite, an extensive network of walking and bike paths that connect each CG loop with the full COE park and dam, and, finally, easy access to multiple fishing and boating opportunities. Cons: electric-only sites, on-site water access restricted to several communal faucets, sometimes spotty cell phone service, limited access to satellite TV service at many sites due to tall shade trees, and lots of mosquitoes that thrive in the parks well-watered lawns. Note: Given that its at least a half-hour drive to a grocery store or gas station - before arrival - fuel-up, top off RV water tanks and bring all necessary supplies. - Kona Boy
Aug 2019 - $11.00
Very nice COE park on Missouri River. Nice grassy setting, very spacious campsites. No water at site. We needed to fill fresh water because dry camping after this, however faucet located behind campsite and hopes connection worked fine. Would definitely stay here again. - Al Z
Jun 2019 - $22.00
This is a beautiful campground. The campsites are spread out nicely, and each site has a pit for cooking or campfires. The grounds are nicely maintained - lush lawns and lots of trees. We will definitely return and recommend this campground to friends. - Al T
May 2019 - $23.00
During the summer season, all spots are by online reservation only and appear to fill up VERY fast once the schedule opens in March. Our early-May arrival meant that we could drop-in, provided we didn't park in a "seasonal" space. Can confirm earlier reports that sites are WAY off level. Our sewer connection was significantly higher than rest of site. Water turned off for a leak mid-stay. Park has an interesting process where seasonal campsites are set aside as being different from the 'vacationer / daily' sites on the map. Locals can place their RVs on these sites (determined by a lottery system) for the whole season at a reasonable $ rate, provided they visit at least once a week (ie, not just "storing" it there). But out-of-towner seasonals (ie oil/gas or seasonal park rangers) are specifically prohibited. Therefore, during the week the park "looks" full of RVs but there's few people physically there. Makes for a weird ghost town vibe. There is a convenience store, bathrooms, and an office... but all were still closed for the season as of mid May. There's a wifi router broadcasting its SSID but the park employee we interacted with said it rarely actually has internet service. ATT data service was very spotty at our site, so we were effectively internetless during our stay. There are two main areas for non-seasonals: up on a ridge with wonderous views of the lake -- but epic winds... or down into a more sheltered lower area with no views but more trees and nice playgrounds for the kids. If you're an out-of-towner needing to stay seasonally in the area, you're better off at City of Hazen's other two campgrounds. - Jason Gray
Aug 2016 - $21.00
Our site was on the end & quite large. We were in the new section overlooking the bay & our view was beautiful, especially the sunsets. This is all grass & not at all level, so if you go, make sure you've got plenty of things to level your camper. There are no trees, and it was very windy while we were here.
We were here mostly during the week & there was no one around, so it was very quiet. We don't have a boat or anything, so we just enjoyed the view. They could use a trash can here. We did not have any problem with our sewer hookup.
We would go back again if in the area. You can't beat the price for full hookups. I am rating our site a 5 for the view, but again it was very unlevel! - goldenruler
Jun 2016 - $21.00
Large, grass sites with plenty of room for boat, camper, and vehicle. Water and electricity were good, but most campers in our area had issues with the sewer in that our hoses wouldn't connect securely. Some sites had large ruts from tires, which caused a minor inconvenience for those campers. Access to the boat ramp was good, but parking for boat trailers was at a premium on the weekend. Verizon MiFi worked well as did our AT&T phone and Dish satellite. - Bobbi1948
May 2019 - $15.00
Un-publicized city owned park and campground along the Knife River. Water and electric hookups, or primitive tent campsites available. Lots of trees, strong WiFi, boat ramp into river, and a very large playground and park. Dump station and fish grinder at the other end of Harmon Rd along the main highway. Fire rings and picnic table at east site, restroom with shower at the south end of the loop, near the camp host site. Camp hosts (2019 season) are very helpful and cool. Trail available to walk 1 mile to Knife River National Historic Site, a great small free National Park Service unit with the village site where Sakakawea lived before being recruited by the Lewis and Clark expedition. Also a strong option for overflow crowds who want to go to Lake Sakakawea for boating and fishing but can't (or choose not to) get into Hazen Bay or the state park. Not much highway noise as such, but the park loop road is well-used by locals getting to the playground (also a little noisy with local families) and the fishing / boating area. But for the rate, probably the best value around by far. - Jason Gray