The campgrounds in North Dakota are confined to two lakes on opposite sides of the state. But what lakes those are.
Lake Ashtabula is located just north of Valley City and offers a variety of recreational opportunities the whole year round. Campers can choose from snowmobiling and fishing in the winter and swimming in one of the three designated areas around the lake, bird watching and boating in the summer.
Eggerts Landing and Mel Rieman Rec Campground are both right on the water and allow you to commence with your fishing for walleye and pike almost straight from your tent each morning. The East Ashtabula Crossing Campground is farther from the lake, but still only a short drive, and offers more comforts than some of the other campgrounds.
Farther west, the Lake Sakakawea State Park plays host to the Downstream Campground on Lake Sakakawea. With over 1,500 miles of coastline, the lake is easily accessible and has plenty of uses from water sports and fishing to camping and swimming. Lake Sakakawea is one of five dams on the Missouri river that was created to ease the annual flooding of some of the downstream lowlands, and as a bonus, North Dakota gained an excellent place to fish for a variety of trout and Chinook Salmon.
Lake Sakakawea is also a popular windsurfing destination, although few campers use the Downstream Campground to base their windsurfing trips from.
You will have the campground mostly to yourself camping anytime other than the heart of summer. North Dakota's climate ranges from moderate in the summer to exceptionally cold in the winter and camping is not recommended after October or before April. Because weather around large lakes can be unpredictable, you should be prepared for all types of weather and check the forecast before you head out on your trip.
North Dakota has a few more Parks and sights that you might want to see on your camping trip. You can find more information here.
North Dakota State Parks
North Dakota National Parks