Clausen Springs

Shower Facility is scheduled to be final cleaned and be closed for the Season on Friday 10-13. Water is scheduled to be shut off for the Season Monday 10-16. Privy Facilities are scheduled to be closed for the Season Monday 10-23. Docks have been pulled for the Season. Thank you for Camping with us in 2023!

NOTICE: No fireworks allowed in Clausen Springs Wildlife Management Area which includes Clausen Springs Park.

Clausen Springs Recreation Area, open year round is a 545 acre Wildlife Management Area multi-use recreation area with a campground located 4.5 miles west and 1.5 miles south of Kathryn. The main feature of the park is Clausen Springs Lake.

The Park Manager manages 2 part-time staff and Campground Hosts and oversees the day to day operation of the park. The park is managed by the Barnes County Park Board, and provides 54 campsites Ė 21 electrical and 33 more secluded primitive (non-electrical) campsites. There is also a dump station located above the main camping area. The campground is open May 1 through October 31.

The lake and adjacent wildlife management area is managed by the North Dakota Game and Fish Department in cooperation with the Barnes County Park Board. A swimming area (no lifeguard present) is available close to the main camping area with a shower house nearby. There is also an accessible fishing dock and boat ramp (non-motorized or electric motors only) located close to the main campgrounds. A newly paved drive offers beautiful, scenic views around the lake and access to boat landing and campsites.

The North Country National Scenic Trail, a 4,800 mile premier hiking trail that stretches across 8 states from the Appalachian Trail in Vermont, to Lake Sakakawea, North Dakota, follows the northern boundary of the park following an abandoned rail bed from the park into Kathryn. There is also a very picturesque 2-mile loop around the lake.

An interpretive site on the Sheyenne River Valley National Scenic Byway is located near the playground and main camping area highlighting the historic background of the park.

Clausen Springs Recreation Area is also easily accessible from ND Highway 1.

Camping Fees:
1 Unit per campsite (1 unit = a RV or Camper plus a tent or two tents)
Maximum of 8 people per site

$25 per night for campsites with electrical

$20 per night for primitive campsites

$35 per day for shelter reservations. shelters are reserved online now

Campsites 1-12, 29-31, and 55 are reservable from April 9 through October 31st.

No charge for day use

No metal detecting, snowmobiling, off-road motorcycles, or ATVís allowed per ND Game and Fish.

Amenities Include : Shower house, rural water, playground equipment, ball diamond, 4 modern concrete privies, dock with kayak launch and horse shoe pit.