Lake Metigoshe

Campground Star: Lake Metigoshe State Park

Lake Metigoshe State Park near the US/Canadian border in North Dakota is a favored vacation area, gaining a 5-star Campendium review.

Lake Metigoshe State Park

East Shore Park Road
Bottineau, ND 58318
GPS: 48.9806, -100.3364
Elevation: 2150 ft
Nightly Rate: $25

Situated in the scenic Turtle Mountains near the US/Canadian border, Lake Metigoshe State Park  was constructed by the WPA in the 1930s and is one of the most popular vacation spots in North Dakota. (You’ll want to make reservations.)

Lake Metigoshe

The park, 14 miles northeast of Bottineau, is adjacent to the southwest corner of Manitoba’s large Turtle Mountain Provincial Park. “We stayed here for a week while our daughter was at the International Music Camp,” writes Campendium reviewer “Streamy”. “Our site had water and electric hookups and a very nice shower house close by. There was a single lane dump station that was a bit busy at checkout time Sunday. The staff was very friendly and helpful and had the grounds in great condition for the busy 4th of July weekend.”

Kayaking on Lake Metigoshe“The real gem was kayaking on School Section Lake, adjacent to the park. While Lake Metigoshe is where all the cabins and boating activity is at, School Section Lake was quiet and as smooth as glass.”

“We came across all sorts of wildlife while kayaking. Deer, moose, and coyote on the shores and muskrat, beaver, ducks, geese, loons and pelicans on the water. The amount and variety of birds just from our campsite was outstanding…I had to buy a bird identification book just to try and make some sense of them all!”

The lake is also noted for its fish: northern pike, walleye and perch.

Lake Metigoshe

While there, drive the 53-mile Turtle Mountain Scenic Byway through the forested hills of north-central North Dakota. The International Peace Garden—a 2,339-acre botanical garden commemorating peace between the United States and Canada—is nearby on Highway 281.

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