Jamestown, North Dakota, is the perfect base of operations as you explore the heart of the North Dakota prairie. With a rich history, stellar outdoor recreation opportunities, and plenty of small town charm, Jamestown is sure to delight you and your family and friends.
If you’re traveling in an RV, you’ll probably be on the lookout for some outdoor fun. Local campgrounds and RV parks offer you full hook-ups. After you set your RV up at your site, Jamestown offers plenty of recreational opportunities.
You can hit the hiking and biking trails in the area, from an easy one mile paved walk around a lake to a challenging eight mile trail.
The area is home to numerous lakes, the most notable of which include Jamestown Reservoir, Pipestem Dam & Lake, Spiritwood Lake, and nearly twenty more lakes. Most have swimming spots (Jamestown Reservoir has two good public beaches), weather permitting, and are also good for fishing and boating. There are also several indoor and outdoor pools for public use.
There are two 18-hole golf courses, two disc golf courses, and a number of public parks with various attractions and amenities.
If you’re into nature watching, there are three wildlife refuges in the region, which notably serve as home for herds of American Bison. These are Arrowwood, Chase Lake, and Halfway Lake National Wildlife Refuges. Those more interested in birdwatching can catch over 300 species of birds. Chase Lake has one of the largest white pelican nesting colonies in North America, while Arrowwood is a breeding ground for migratory birds.
There’s also the National Buffalo Museum, which documents and exhibits the history of bison from prehistoric times to the present. They even take care of a herd of bison, which includes a rare white buffalo.
Jamestown further pays homage to the bison with the World’s Largest Buffalo Monument. The enormous buffalo statue, called Dakota Thunder, looms over visitors. The monument is part of the larger Frontier Village attraction, which is a small street of relocated historic buildings from the original Jamestown. These buildings are filled with authentic antiques and artifacts that showcase early life on the North Dakota prairie. The village includes Louis L’Amour’s writing shack, a Northern Pacific Railroad Depot from 1880, stagecoach and pony rides, and a Wild West Shoot-Out show.
The downtown area includes plenty of shopping and dining options. Many shops offer handcrafted local treasures so that you can take a piece of North Dakota’s prairie with you. Be sure to grab a bite at Depot Cafe, Frontier Fort Bar & Grill, or Spiritwood Resort, among other restaurants.
Visit Capital RV Center
If you’re interested in starting the RV lifestyle, come see us at Capital RV Center in North Dakota. Our wide inventory of RVs and motorhomes is sure to have just the right model for your needs. If you have any questions on driving, operating, or setting up an RV, we’d be glad to help!