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.
Bev Anderson 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 59 campsites Ė 21electrical and 38 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 Trail, a 4,600 mile premier hiking trail that stretches across 7 states from Crown Point, New York, 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
$20 per night for campsites with electrical
$15 per night for primitive campsites
$35 per day for shelter reservations (Call the Park Shop at 701-762-4450 and leave a message)
Campsites 1-12 are reservable from April 9 through September 30.
No charge for day use
No metal detecting, snowmobiling, off-road motorcycles, or ATVís allowed per ND Game and Fish.
2017 improvements: including replacing two old wooden privies about midway to the dam and playground equipment have been installed.
2016 improvements included installation of Rural Water, road repairs and adding of an asphalt lift to the loops to the boat landing and campsites.
2014 improvements included the upgrading of twelve 120 volt electrical pedestals to 50/30/20 amp services in the main north loop campground and replacement of fire rings.