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Patterson Lake Recreational Area

3753 114th Ave SW, Dickinson, ND

Located 3 miles west and 1 mile south of Dickinson, ND on old Highway 10 or take Exit 59 off I-94 south.

Patterson Lake is owned by the United States Bureau of Reclamation, which leases the area to the City of Dickinson. The land used for recreational purposes is managed by Dickinson Parks and Recreation.

Information Booth – (701) 456-2056

The information booth can provide you with general information, camping and entrance fees along with local tourist information. Hours of Operation are Monday-Thursday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm, Friday 11:00 am – 7:00 pm, Saturday & Sunday 10:00 am – 7:00 pm Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Entrance Fee (Memorial Day through Labor Day)

$2.00 daily fee per vehicle
$20.00 Season Pass (registered by car license)

The fee is being used to maintain this recreation area, which consists of 26 miles of shoreline, 1,438 acres of land and 819 acres of water.

Senior Citizens, age 60 years and older, may get in free with a pass which may be picked up at the Information Booth during normal hours of operation.


  • Modern Sites – Modern Campground opens 5/26/17 – $26.00/evening (entrance fee included) Modern sites include bathrooms, water, electricity and sewer dump
  • Primitive Sites – Primitive Campground opens 5/26/17 – $18.00/evening (entrance fee included) Primitive sites are parking space only

Picnic Reservations

  • Lion’s Park Shelter – $50.00 (entrance fee included)
  • Old Archery Range Shelter – $45.00 (entrance fee included)

Shelter reservations must be made in advance by contacting Dickinson Parks and Recreation at 701-456-2074.


Campfires are allowed in designated fire rings ONLY and only when there is not a mandated fire ban. During a fire ban, all outdoor cooking will be confined to propane grills. Information concerning fire bans will be available at the information booth or by visiting Cutting of firewood is prohibited. FIREWORKS are not allowed!

Recreational Activities

Boating  |  Fishing  |  Swimming  |  Water Skiing  |  Camping  |  Picnic Areas  |  Playgrounds  |  Disc Golf  |  Horseshoe Pits  |  Mountain Biking  |
Nature Areas  |  Sand Volleyball Court  |  Crooked Crane Trail

Ice Safety

Dickinson Parks & Recreation wants to make sure you have a safe and enjoyable ice fishing season.  Please click here for ice safety guidelines from the North Dakota Game & Fish.

About Us

Dickinson Parks & Recreation

2004 Fairway Street
Dickinson, North Dakota 58601

Hours: Mon. – Fri. 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Telephone: (701) 456-2074
Fax: (701) 456-2073

Our Mission

Dickinson Parks and Recreation is a member of the North Dakota Recreation and Parks Association and supports the following mission statement: Provide recreational opportunities to enhance the quality of life for the community and its visitors.

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