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MEL RIEMAN REC, ND

The Mel Rieman Campground and Recreation Area is a 70-acre facility on the shoreline of Lake Ashtabula in eastern North Dakota. The campground is known for its spectacular sunset views. It is close to the Baldhill Dam and within walking distance of the Mel Rieman day-use area, where...
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MEL RIEMAN REC AREA STANDARD ELECTRIC 8 41 Back-In
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MEL RIEMAN REC AREA STANDARD ELECTRIC 8 57 Pull-Through
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MEL RIEMAN REC AREA STANDARD ELECTRIC 8 54 Pull-Through
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MEL RIEMAN REC AREA STANDARD ELECTRIC 8 60 Pull-Through
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MEL RIEMAN REC AREA STANDARD ELECTRIC 8 46 Back-In
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MEL RIEMAN REC AREA STANDARD ELECTRIC 8 57 Back-In
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MEL RIEMAN REC AREA TENT ONLY NONELECTRIC 8 0
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MEL RIEMAN REC AREA WALK TO 8 0
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Overview

Overview

The Mel Rieman Campground and Recreation Area is a 70-acre facility on the shoreline of Lake Ashtabula in eastern North Dakota. The campground is known for its spectacular sunset views. It is close to the Baldhill Dam and within walking distance of the Mel Rieman day-use area, where visitors can swim, fish and picnic.

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. Visitors can choose from a wide range of recreation opportunities year-round, including ice fishing and cross-country skiing during winter months.

Natural Features:

The lake area lies amidst the 'prairie potholes' region of glacially-carved lakes in North Dakota. Bountiful migratory water birds flock to Lake Ashtabula, including the unique white pelican, which can be seen in large quantities during summer. The region also provides habitat for white-tailed deer, sharptail grouse, wild turkey and gray partridge.

Recreation:

There is no shortage of recreation opportunities and outdoor fun in and around the lake. The day-use area is adjacent to the campground and has a visitor center, playgrounds, picnic facilities, concessions, fishing spots and a boat ramp.

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 reach the 63-mile Sheyenne River Valley National Scenic Byway and access nearly 35 miles of the North Country National Scenic Trail within a short drive.

Facilities:

Mel Rieman Campground has 27 campsites, 15 of which offer electric hookups. The facility also provides drinking water, showers and flush toilets. The nearest town is Valley City, 10 miles away.

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GROUP SHELTER ELECTRIC

Wed Oct 22 2014 - Tue Oct 20 2015

Reservations must be made 2 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 12 Month(s) in advance.

STANDARD ELECTRIC

Wed Oct 22 2014 - Mon Apr 20 2015

Reservations must be made 2 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 6 Month(s) in advance.

TENT ONLY NONELECTRIC

Wed Oct 22 2014 - Mon Apr 20 2015

Reservations must be made 2 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 6 Month(s) in advance.

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Services and Amenities
Within Facility
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Boat Ramp
  • Drinking Water
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Pay Phone
  • Picnicking
  • Pit Toilets
  • Playground
  • Showers
  • Swimming
  • Visitor Center
Fees and Cancellation Policies

Fees and Cancellation

Fee Information
Payment in full will be charged to your credit card upon completion of the reservation. A $9.00 non-refundable on line reservation fee may be charged for some facilities.

Payment Methods Accepted On-line:
Visa Mastercard Amex Discover UnionPay JCB

Changes and Cancellations
A $10.00 service fee will apply if you change or cancel your reservation. Late cancellations are subject to additional fees. For full details see NRRS Reservation Policy


Facility Rates*
Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
General Season
Oct 20 2014 -
Oct 20 2015
WALK TO $26.00
TENT ONLY NONELECTRIC $26.00
STANDARD ELECTRIC $26.00
GROUP SHELTER ELECTRIC $25.00

*Displayed rates do not reflect discounts, attribute fees (electrical hook-ups / water hook-ups), taxes or incremental charges
**Weekly rates may not be available for all sites
Getting There
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
47.0375, -98.08333
47°2'15"N, 98°5'0"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:

MEL RIEMAN REC
2630 114TH AVE SE
VALLEY CITY  ND  58072

Phone Number:

Information:  (701)845-2970