Recreation

The Stutsman County Park Board oversees operation of public facilities at Parkhurst, located at Pipestem Lake; Sandy Beach, located at Spiritwood Lake; and Jamestown Reservoir. Each park offers visitors a variety of recreation experiences.

Parkhurst is a natural prairie setting covering approximately 134 acres. Visitors will enjoy the scenic views and wildlife. Parkhurst provides numerous amenities including boat docks and ramps, picnic sites, shelters, vault toilets and a dump station. Free overnight camping and group shelters are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The campground features six parking pads which are designed for horse trailers. There are also corrals and tethers for horses. Activities at Parkhurst include picnicking, boating, camping, fishing, wildlife viewing and photography. There is also a primitive trail for mountain biking and hiking. Located just 4 miles north of Jamestown this area is easily accessed from US Highway 52 and 281.

Sandy Beach and Spiritwood Lake offer outdoor activities in a quiet setting. Visitors can enjoy boating, fishing, swimming and primitive, overnight camping at no cost. Other amenities can be found at Shady Cove, a full service campground and Spirit Inn, a restaurant/lounge.

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Jamestown Reservoir is Stutsman County's largest public use area. It encompasses 2,095 surface acres and has 45 miles of shoreline. Jamestown Reservoir provides sweeping views of undeveloped prairie and wooded draws. The prairie areas feature grasses that cover the North American Plains and can be viewed from various points within the park. The wooded draws provide habitat for birds and other species of wildlife.

Unique landscape features at the Reservoir include a peninsula near the Jim River Bay area and an island near Lakeside Marina. The Island is available for day use activities such as picnicking, shore fishing and volleyball.

Facilities at Jamestown Reservoir include 7 boat ramps at various locations, numerous picnic areas complete with tables and shelters, two swimming beaches and two campgrounds with 335 campsites, 110 campsites with RV hookups, and two dump stations. The eastside of the park has over two miles of asphalt trails for walking and biking. Benches located along the trail provide places for recreationists to rest and enjoy the views.

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Hiking and wildlife enthusiasts will enjoy the Outdoor Wildlife Learning Site (OWLS). This is an outdoor conservation classroom where visitors can learn about the importance of habitat and conservation of wildlife resources. The Little Britches Fishing Pond was developed for young anglers and is stocked with fish by the North Dakota Game and Fish Department.

Pelican Point Landing is located on the west side of Jamestown Reservoir just 6 miles north of Jamestown on US Highway 52 and 281. The campground offers full hookups, showers, concessions, boat rentals and a dump station. Visitors can enjoy the swimming beach, playground equipment, fishing pier and boat ramps during their stay. For those looking for more homey accommodations, Pelican Point Campground offers four sleeping cabins as well.

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Lakeside Marina and Campground is located 2 miles north of Jamestown on US Highway 20. The campground offers full hookup with a dump station, showers, concessions, boat rentals and four sleeping cabins. Visitors can enjoy the swimming beach, playground equipment, fishing piers and boat ramps during their stay.