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EAST ASHTABULA CROSSING, ND

part ofAshtabula Lake, US Army Corps of Engineers
Photo: EAST ASHTABULA CROSSING
Status: Closed through Thu Apr 30 2015   Season Dates
 

Overview

The East Ashtabula Crossing Campground is located on 12 developed acres adjacent to Lake Ashtabula in eastern North Dakota. It is one of the most popular campgrounds in the area.

Lake Ashtabula was created by the construction of the Baldhill Dam on the Sheyenne River in 1944, and is situated in one of the most scenic river valleys in the region, offering visitors a wide range of recreation opportunities year-round.

Summer activities include fishing, boating, swimming and picnicking, while Ice fishing and cross-country skiing are popular during winter months.

Natural Features:

The campground is on a wooded hillside offering shade for most sites. It lies amidst the 'prairie potholes' region of glacially-carved lakes in North Dakota.

Spring and fall bring bountiful views of migratory water birds to Lake Ashtabula, including the unique white pelican, which can be seen in large flocks during summer.

The lake region also provides habitat for white-tailed deer, sharptail grouse, wild turkey and gray partridge.

Recreation:

The name "Ashtabula" is a Native American word meaning "Fish River," which suits the lake's fish population; popular species include walleye, northern pike, white bass, yellow perch and black bullhead. With seven boat ramps, two accessible fishing piers and four automated fish cleaning stations, the lake is very convenient for anglers.

Nearly 3,000 acres of land around the lake is managed as wildlife habitat by the Corps of Engineers and open to the public for wildlife viewing, birding, hiking and hunting. Hunters and anglers should contact the North Dakota Game and Fish Department for seasons, restrictions and licenses; fishing licenses and bait may be purchased from concessionaires around the lake.

Campers can also drive the 63-mile Sheyenne River Valley National Scenic Byway and access nearly 35 miles of the North Country National Scenic Trail nearby.

Facilities:

East Ashtabula Crossing has 38 campsites, 32 of which offer electric hookups. The facility also features a swimming beach, drinking water, flush toilets, a playground and a picnic shelter.

Within walking distance campers will find a dump station, fishing pier, boat ramp, restaurant and hiking trails. The nearest town is Valley City, less than 15 miles away.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Beach
  • Boat Ramp
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Fishing Pier
  • Flush Toilets
  • Hiking
  • Pay Phone
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Pit Toilets
  • Playground
  • Restaurant
  • Showers
  • Swimming
Know Before You Go
  • Firewood restrictions are in place; because of the potential to carry invasive insects, absolutely no outside firewood is allowed
  • No alcohol is permitted in this facility
  • Don't Move Firewood: Protect your forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. Visit Dontmovefirewood.org for further information.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
47.1375, -98.0
47°8'15"N, 98°0'0"W

The main route to the park is via Interstate 94 to Valley City exit 292. Follow the signs through Valley City and turn left onto County Road 19. Travel for 10 miles.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

EAST ASHTABULA CROSSING
2630 114TH AVE SE
VALLEY CITY  ND  58072

Phone Number:

Information:  (701)845-2970
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