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RV Camping and Campgrounds In North Dakota

There are great RV camping opportunities in North Dakota. Private RV parks are located throughout the state, and several county, and town campgrounds offer great public RV camping locations. Dispersed camping is available, as well as river access campsites. US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has several water containment projects with camping available, and National and State parks offer great RV camping destinations.

Private RV Parks and Campgrounds

Private RV Parks - Research tool for finding the best private RV parks and campgrounds in North Dakota.

Federal RV Camping

  • National Park Service - NPS information about camping on National Park Service administered lands in North Dakota. Great RV camping locations from Carlsbad Caverns National Park to the remote Chaco Canyon Heritage Area.
  • US Forest Service - USFS information about free dispersed camping and developed campgrounds in each National Grassland in North Dakota.
  • Bureau of Land Management - BLM information about camping and developed recreation areas in the North Dakota.
  • US Army Corps of Engineers - USACE/COE information about Corps lakes and campgrounds in North Dakota.
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service - FWS information about National Wildlife Refuges in North Dakota. Not all locations allow RV camping, so check regulations for each NWR.

State RV Camping

  • State Parks - Information about camping in the many state parks in North Dakota. State park campgrounds are ideal RV camping destinations.
  • Wildlife Management Areas - Information about North Dakota WMA's. Many allow RV camping. This 7 page PDF document has all the rules and locations.
  • Boat Launch Areas - Primitive and developed campgrounds along the Missouri River great for RV camping.
  • State Tourism Website - Where to go, and what to do in North Dakota. Includes RV camping suggestions.

Campground Reservations

Camping Reservations - Make your North Dakota campground reservations in advance and your campsite will be waiting for you when you arrive.

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County Park Campgrounds

Many county parks have campgrounds ideal for RV camping in North Dakota. To find these parks we recommend an Internet search for - nd county park campground. The following are examples of the many RV camping opportunities available in North Dakota's county parks. These campgrounds can also be found through the state tourism link above.

  • Morton County offers two county park campgrounds with electric hookups and non hookup campsites with a minimal charge. The county also has numerous free primitive campsites perfect for RV camping.
  • LaMoure County Park Campground has tent, 90 RV sites with electric, shower, picnic tables, and fire pits. This county park campground is located 12 miles northwest of the town of LaMoure.

Municipal Park Campgounds

Many North Dakota towns offer a municipal park campground. Some are RV friendly with hookups, while many are primitive campsites next to a lake or river. Often the price is free for these primitive campsites. The following are just a few examples of municipal park campgrounds suitable for RV camping in North Dakota.

  • LaMoure - The town web site lists several parks in the area with primitive free RV camping.
  • Adams - The Adams town park offers travelers tent and 2 RV sites with electric, dump station, and a picnic area.
  • Anamoose - The Anamoose town park offers 2 RV pads with full hook ups. There is a tenting area, restroom, two picnic shelters, a playground, tennis and basketball courts.
  • Beulah - Two municipal campgrounds are available that offer RV camping. Buelah Bay Recreation Area offers water, electrical hook-ups, RV dump station and much more. Primitive camping available as well.
  • Edmore - The town park offers 4 electric hookup sites and a dump station, there are tent sites available.

North Dakota municipal campgrounds can most easily be found on the North Dakota travel website. A quick tour of their "where to stay" section will allow you to search for campgrounds. You can search by area of the state, or by town, or just view the whole list of over 400 campgrounds. There are numerous free camping opportunities in municipal parks in North Dakota.

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USFS (US Forest Service) - Describes USFS policies and rules about RV camping. Information about dispersed camping, and tips on how to find great free RV camping sites.

NPS (National Park Service) - General information about RV camping and campgrounds in US National Parks. With campgrounds in the most historic and scenic places in the country, the NPS offers some of the best places for RV camping.

USACE/COE (US Army Corp of Engineers) - USACE (perhaps better know as COE) manages water recreation areas throughout the USA. Information about finding USACE lakes, RV camping possibilities, and rules and policies for use of these water based recreation areas is included.

BLM (Bureau of Land Management) - Located throughout the western USA, BLM managed lands offer great camping locations. Developed campgrounds, and almost unlimited dispersed camping opportunites await you.

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Free Overnight Parking Ideas

Here's a list of places to consider when looking for a free overnight RV camping or parking location in North Dakota. We always recommend asking for overnight RV parking permission when looking for a free spot to spend the night. The smaller your RV, the better chances you will have finding places to stay if you choose not to ask permission. If you don't ask permission, you end up "sneaking" into places and hoping nobody bothers you or issues you a trespassing ticket before you move on.

Be smart and Be Safe...Ask Permission.

  • Truck Stops - Asking permission is usually not a requirement Be considerate of the big rigs!
  • Walmart - Not all stores allow overnight RV parking in North Dakota due to city ordinances. Check store for policy.
  • Nightclubs - Had one too many or just pretending?
  • Grain Elevators - Ask where you can park your RV out of the way for the night.
  • Fraternal Organizations - VFW, Elks etc. may allow members free overnight RV camping.
  • Cemetery - Sounds creepy to us, but we've also heard they may have water available.
  • Fairgrounds - State and County facilities may allow RV camping when not otherwise in use.
  • Parks - City, County, State, and Community parks often have free RV camping.
  • Churches - You can almost make "reservations" by calling ahead for permission.
  • Hotel Parking Lots - Assuming a nightclub/bar is inside, had one too many or just pretending?
  • Truck Terminals - Parking areas for large trucks might allow you free RV camping permission.
  • RV Dealers - Pretty brave to us, but you could fit right in.
  • Cracker Barrel - These nationwide restaurants usually allow free overnight RV parking.
  • Movie Theaters - Too tired to drive home after the late show?
  • Highway Rest Areas - All rest areas allow a few hours of free RV parking, but noisy.
  • Drive In Movies - Got a small RV, park in the back row and enjoy the show. Fell asleep by accident right?
  • Vehicle Repair Shops - Need to see the repairman first thing in the morning?
  • Big Box Retailers - Kmart, Best Buy, Sams Club often allow free RV camping.
  • Roadside Parks & Picnic Areas - The early day version of the rest area.

As you can see, there are a lot of free RV camping and parking possibilities in North Dakota. If you are not asking permission, it's best to keep a very low profile. If your RV has slide outs, jacks and TV antennas, don't use them so as not to draw attention to yourself. Consider your surroundings carefully and if you feel uncomfortable with the area, move somewhere else.