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McDowell Dam Nature Park

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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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Great regional park

Went for a hike on the trail around the reservoir. Fresh fall smells and sounds, a great walk... read more

Reviewed October 22, 2016
Joe W
San Diego, California, United States
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“Nice relaxing getaway close to Biz”
11 Jun 2017
“Great area with lots of activities but not clean water”
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1951 93rd St NE, Bismarck, ND 58501-8514
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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

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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

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.

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

1  Thank Joe W
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!!

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

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.

Thank John M
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

1  Thank RetiredWatchman
Reviewed February 18, 2016

This is a great place to go in the summer for kids to swim. The water is warmer than the river. The only thing that stinks is it can get quite busy. Also a great place to relax at the park.

Thank Angie G
Reviewed February 3, 2016 via mobile

We rented a paddle boat, went swimming, built sand castles, had a picnic, and were able to shower off before getting in the car to go home. We had a ball!

Thank KayJay82
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Cheryl K
April 18, 2017|
Response from Joe W | Reviewed this property |
I believe it's May 1st.