7 Parks near Mandan, North Dakota
Apr 2016 - $25.00
With an excellent location along with helpful and friendly staff, you really can't go wrong with this inexpensive option. Located just across the Missouri River from Downtown Bismarck, North Dakota - this Mandan, ND facility doubles as both a hotel and RV Park. Sites and roads constructed of gravel, but even with several days of rain, the campground didn't get overly flooded. We stayed two weeks here, and never had a problem with the Wi-Fi. No cable, but plenty of OTA stations available. A family might instead prefer staying at one of the nearby State Park Campgrounds - as there would be more to do - but for us (or any transient workers) this spot works perfectly. A 'Neighborhood' Tavern is attached to the hotel with very reasonable drink prices. We'd stay here again if we returned to the area. - Todd and Heather
Jun 2013 - $25.00
Pros:Cheap, full hook-ups in oil boom area. Excellent location, convenient to Mandan and Bismarck. Cons: Getting in there was tricky in my 35' motorhome, but there were bigger rigs in there. You can do it, but I wouldn't say it was friendly. It's not paved. Part of a motel complex, the motel has a bar attached. They cater to mostly transient workers/oil boom folks. They are not anti-children, but there is nothing for kids to do on site. We stayed here about a week. Probably would not return unless we had to. - Joann26
Sep 2016 - $42.00
We spent three days here and loved it, plenty of things to see, check out the historic fort recreation and guard posts on the top of the hill. The location is scenic, right next to the confluence of two rivers. The sites are spacious and the facilities well tended and adequate for the volume of campers, at least in September. - Dondi-496
Sep 2016 - $30.00
This is a lovely, quiet park at the confluence of the Heart and Missouri rivers, a few miles out of Mandan and near Bismark. The sites along the river are long, covered with fresh gravel, with trees trimmed for large RVs. A variety of walkways and paths wind through the park, which also features historic buildings. Cyclers will enjoy the bike paths. Birders will see a variety of special birds. We stayed two nights and found a variety of activities to do in the area. - JBick
Aug 2016 - $42.00
Clean nice state park along the Missouri and with lots of history. Sites are interesting - a few are single pull throughs but most are either back-in or pull through depending on who gets to the site 1st, as they are shared semi circles. Then you face the issue did the other party park in the middle of the site so that the 2nd party can't get in. Also, we had a 50 amp plug, but was only wired for 30 amp! Price is steep for a state park as they charge $30/night + $6 per person entry fee hence $42 for 2 persons + reservation fee if applicable AND needed for weekends. NO view of water except for a few primitive sites. - BandD
Jul 2016 - $22.00
A very large campground that is very spacious and clean. Our site was shady. Plenty of open space to walk our dogs. We arrived late and left early. - Hoovr108
Jul 2016 - $22.00
Very large city park. Stop and register at office when you enter. We were offered a choice of pull through or back-in sites. Some are paved, some gravel. All those I saw were reasonably level. Lots of trees for shade but also lots of open mowed grassy areas with good spacing between sites. We were offered a double pull through that was perfect for us and our traveling companions. It was easily 200' long. There are 2 dump stations near the entrance as well as locations for filling the FW tank. We were there mid week and while there were many others using the campground, the size of the place made it feel like you were the only ones there. - Trailbuddy
Jul 2015 - $22.00
Beautiful campground with lot of shade and acres of mowed grass. This is a wonderful place for self-contained RVs, and only about three miles from town. 50 and 30 amp hookups at 114 sites that will accommodate even the longest RVs. Most site pads are paved, some gravel. Negatives are too few restrooms, and water is available only at the two dump stations. But, really, this is a wonderful park for an overnight stay or a few days, right along the Missouri River. It fills up on summer weekends, but is quiet mid-week. There's a boat ramp and disc golf course. - Charles3
Oct 2016 - $37.00
Very clean place. Washrooms and laundry immaculate! Owner super nice and helpful. Sketchy wifi. Stayed one night. - Paige Taylor
Sep 2016 - $25.00
I stayed here long term (from May-end of Sept); rate was a monthly rate.
I can't say enough good things about this park, especially having been here through 3 seasons. This place has won the KOA President's award for many years and I can certainly see why.
First, the owners and all their staff are the most amazing folks I've met yet. No matter how busy they get (and during the summer it was crazy busy), they always make everyone feel like they're the only customers, with great care and attention. They take immaculate care of the grounds. We arrived in the spring, when all the lilac bushes which surround the perimeter (and some in between the sites) were in full bloom. Such lovely color and fragrance! There are many trees, and now, in the fall, they again surround us with lovely autumn colors.
Sites are gravel and level, and very spacious with bushes separating each site. Included is a picnic bench and you can rent a fire pit. There is also a general store which sells almost anything you need. Dan's supermarket and Gee Williquors are right up the road as well for the rest of your grocery and alcohol needs.
The length of our stay was due to traveling for work as a contractor. Although there isn't a whole lot to do in Bismarck for an extended period of time, this has been a wonderful place to call home for 6 months! If not for the brutal winters, I'd love to stay here longer! - cherylbrv
Aug 2016 - $50.00
It is a very clean, well maintained park with excellent, friendly, staff. In our full hookup site, all services worked fine. WiFi was very poor. A bit worse than other campgrounds. It is very convenient to town and the interstate but is well removed from both to not have any noise issues. Lots of trees between most full service sites provided good shade but prevented satellite service and no cable provided. They need to have cable with the trees and Wifi that works. Travelers need reliable online connectivity. I can't say enough about the staff. Absolutely awesome. Always smiling. Always helpful. I would stay there again for sure but not long term with the current deficiencies. Surprisingly few children present. May have been the time of year. - DMcKitt
Aug 2016 - $33.00
The rate is for a 30 amp FHU pull-through site. I have to confess that my review may be influenced by the trailer about 8 feet away that had a yelping dog the whole time we were here, or by the dog waste that I stepped in just outside our RV.
This park, in an industrial area east of town, is primarily a long-term stay park with a very-few short-term sites. If you make reservations you will immediately be charged with one nights stay. If you decide not to stay, it will cost you.
Check in was quick and we were shown our site, very close to a long-term camper with a dog (see above). We thought that the site was very close, but at least one side was fairly open, until another short-term camper was parked on the other side, very close. We had a view of them cooking dinner about three feet away. We were next to the restroom which also had an outdoor dish washing area. So, we had folks walking past our rig all evening going to the bathroom. We could also watch them washing their dishes as we ate dinner.
On the plus side, we could listen to trains all night long. There was some traffic noise, but not bad.
We did not use the facilities but did use the laundry. It was $2 for wash and the same for dry. It works well and was fairly clean. The park WiFi was good when it worked. We were able to get satellite with our portable dish. We had good Verizon voice and data.
We certainly would not stay here again. - TheJim
Jul 2016 - $33.00
Excellent location for exploring Bismarck and the surrounding area. I have had Wi-Fi in several parks but this is the best I have ever had. The sites are close and most of the campers are working the area but would stay here again when in the area. - Jack&Wanda
Aug 2015 - $33.00
We stayed for a one night while passing through. All was pretty average, nothing special. Utilities were fine, Verizon signal strong. Very dusty interior roads. Road noise from highway. Would stay again for same quick night. - cwier
Sep 2016 - $17.00
Easy access off I-94, great pull thru lots, clean showers, would be nice to have a larger laundry area but the equipment works well and area is clean. A lot of park families are long timers. Park is clean and quiet especially at night. Occasionally you can hear a distant train-but not hourly. Self registration is a unique idea but the owner will assist as needed when called. We initially had to take a 30 amp site but where promised a 50 amp site upon availability which was followed thru. You do face your neighbor-one camper pulls in from one direction and the next from the opposite direction. - witchey1
Aug 2016 - $30.00
Easy stop off the interstate. Convenient to Bismarck. Utilities worked well although sewer connections are in odd places (had to back up RV and dump upon leaving). Showers and restrooms are recently constructed, but were not kept clean. (Mold, empty toilet paper, and urine on the floor.) I don't know who cleans them, but I never saw anyone. Your porch faces your neighbor's porch. Park is 90% local workers and their families. Quiet and respectful. Despite being a self-serve park, they do take reservations if you know you'll be stopping (recommended due to high occupancy). Otherwise, good for overnight or short stays in the area. - Phil Hyde
Jul 2016 - $30.00
Great location, just 12 miles East of Bismarck with wide open spaces. It's a self pay park with no onsite personnel. Good utilities, nice long sites and particularly suitable for longer stays. It's right off of I-94. - Dngreen51
Aug 2015 - $20.00
Very poorly kept State Park. Very hard to get into the park. When we got to our campsite, evidently there had been a storm come through at some point and we had to get out and clear out all the fallen branches before we could even back in. Was very disappointed after staying at a really nice ND State Park the night before. It is really secluded and we did not feel safe at all. We stayed 2 nights only because we couldn't get reservations anywhere else. The main area of Cross Ranch was well kept, but this area is about 1 miles south and is like an abandoned lot. Very unlevel site. - jacknpeg
Jul 2012 - $15.00
This campground is part of Cross Ranch State Park and is located two miles from the main part of Cross Ranch. If you self-register, and don't go into the main part of Cross Ranch, you are not required to pay the $5 vehicle fee on top of the camping fee. (This was my understanding, but I strongly urge you to check with the park on this. ) The electric sites ($15) are on one side of the driving road. The non-electric sites ($12) are on the other side of the driving road and face the river. Again, those are the prices that were on the sign. The non-electric sites are intended for tents, RV's do not fit into them (except for site 16, I'll explain later in this review). If you are in a tent site, you park along the driving road, and there is a small path down to your camping site. The electric sites are back-in, and are easy to get into as long as you are camping mid-week when it's not busy. However, if you bring an RV in for a weekend when it's busy, you have to maneuver around all the cars parked in front of the tent sites. Dicey! The electric sites have only an electric pole, no water or sewer. There is a water faucet at the entrance to the campground where you can fill up. Although the water is potable, might want to run it through a couple of filters as it's "well" water. There is no sewer dump. The closest sewer dump is in the main part of Cross Ranch, but if you go into the main part of Cross Ranch, you will have to pay the $5 vehicle fee (unless you have the North Dakota annual pass). Easier just to say "no sewer dump at this campground." There is a boat launch near the campground, and a picnic area and hiking trail. If you like to fish and don't mind dry camping, try to get site 16. It's kind of "hidden" and you have to go to the boat ramp to access it. You can creatively get an RV down there. Site 16 gives you "front row fish out your window" opportunity. Good place to overnight if you are out in the middle of nowhere in North Dakota and just need a place to stop. One more thing: If your GPS routes you through Hensler, IGNORE. Instead, take Highway 83 to Alt 200 until you get to Washburn, and navigate from there. Follow the signs. Sanger will be 2 miles BEFORE the main entrance to Cross Ranch. - DXSMac