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McDowell Dam Nature Park

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Fun family area

We often do here with our dogs or for geocaching. There are also canoe and kayak rentals and a... read more

Reviewed October 21, 2018
Bismarck, North Dakota
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Great area with lots of activities but not clean water

We go here because we enjoy the area. Nice picnic spots, bathrooms, play ground, kayak and paddle... read more

Reviewed June 11, 2017
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21 Oct 2018
“Fun family area”
5 days ago
“Surprising GEM”
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1951 93rd St NE, Bismarck, ND 58501-8514
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Reviewed 5 days ago

It's quite a ways outside of the Bismarck city limits, but definitely worth a visit. Shelters for groups are available, there's a few toy structures for the younger set. Great place for running and workout sessions. Plenty of trees and shade. The beach is quite...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank 134kenj
Reviewed October 21, 2018 via mobile

We often do here with our dogs or for geocaching. There are also canoe and kayak rentals and a beach area for swimming. Mosquitoes can be an issue so bring bug spray.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank JaimieMB
Reviewed September 3, 2018 via mobile

I had a lot of fun visiting McDowell Dam, it was really family friendly, and even dog friendly. You can rent lil boats, paddle boats, kayaks. Or even go and swim I'm q nice little area. Really beautiful and relaxing visit to bring friends or...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Alex A
Reviewed June 11, 2017 via mobile

We go here because we enjoy the area. Nice picnic spots, bathrooms, play ground, kayak and paddle boat rentals, fishing dock, hiking and walking trails. It is a very clean, we'll maintained area. My only bad part of this area is the water is not...More

Date of experience: June 2017
1  Thank myblessings
Reviewed March 2, 2017

rent a paddle board, boat, or go for a swim. there are picnic areas and playgrounds...it is a great outdoor adventure with some fun in the sun.

Date of experience: July 2016
1  Thank roamawaywithus
Reviewed October 22, 2016 via mobile

Went for a hike on the trail around the reservoir. Fresh fall smells and sounds, a great walk. 2&1/2 miles easy for everyone. Trail great and wide enough for the whole family. This park has seasonal boat and kayak rental. A beach for swimming and...More

Date of experience: October 2016
1  Thank 100joew100
Reviewed August 30, 2016

I was last at McDowell Dam a year ago. We went swimming. It was really gross. Lots of seaweed and algae and stuff in the water. I got out fast. I will not be going there again. UGH!!

Date of experience: September 2015
Thank jensenh98
Reviewed July 24, 2016

It is so beautiful at McDowell Dam. The water is clear and they have paddle boats available for rent. The beach is clean and the sand is really nice. The picnic areas are nice and clean as well. There are bathrooms available and they aren't...More

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank missyh606
Reviewed June 25, 2016 via mobile

Went here many of times! Such a great place to relax and tan. Kids love to go here, we typically rent the pedal boats. Recommend if you don't mind getting dirty while having fun.

Date of experience: June 2016
Thank johnmyhre
Reviewed March 23, 2016

This is a really nice place to go that is close to Bismarck. The fishing is ok in the early spring but gets pretty green after that. They have really nice picnic areas but reserve them if you have a planned outing. The small water...More

Date of experience: September 2015
1  Thank RetiredWatchman
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Cheryl K
April 18, 2017|
Response from 100joew100 | Reviewed this property |
I believe it's May 1st.