Pipestem Lake

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Pipestem Lake

North Dakota

(701) 252-7666

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Overview

Located within the Prairie Pothole Region of ND, this 840-acre lake offers year-round recreational opportunities including birdwatching, boating, fishing, and hunting. Pipestem Dam was constructed for flood damage reduction, fish and wildlife enhancement, and recreation. Construction of the dam began in June 1971, and was completed in 1973. Today, the 4,200 acres of public lands and water provide a variety of benefits to the public, including flood damage reduction, fish and wildlife enhancement, recreation and conservation of natural resources.

Parkhurst is the primary camping area at Pipestem Lake. Activities enjoyed there include picnicking, boating, camping, fishing, wildlife viewing and photography. There are two hiking/biking trails at Pipetem. The Pipestem Creek trail is 8 miles long and goes south of the dam. The Northridge trail is 5 miles long and stretches north of the dam. The public use area located immediately downstream from the dam has picnic shelters and fireplaces. Other areas offer a rifle range, and allow boating, fishing, and hunting.

Map of Pipestem Lake

Latitude, Longitude: 46.972054, -98.759537

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Activities

  • Boating

    A boat ramp and courtesy dock is located within the Parkhurst recreational area located on the north side of the dam.

  • Camping

    Free overnight camping and group shelters are available on a first-come, first-serve basis in the Parkhurst Recreational area leased and managed by the Stutsman County Park Board. The primitive campground features six parking pads which are designed for horse trailers. There are also corrals and tethers for horses. Vault toilets are available.

  • Fishing

    The lake and downstream area offer fishing opportunities for walleye, northern pike, perch, bluegill, crappie, and smallmouth bass. Ice fishing also produces successful catches for the winter angler.

  • Hunting

    Public hunting on the project offers sporting enthusiasts a challenge hunting waterfowl, deer, upland game, and furbearers.

  • Picnicking

    The public use area located immediately downstream from the dam has picnic shelters and fireplaces.

  • Water Sports

    Swimming in Pipestem Lake is allowed.

  • Winter Sports

    Ice fishing also produces successful catches for the winter angler.

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Directions

Driving

From Jamestown, 5 mi N on US 52/281.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(701) 252-7666

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