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Camping at Sather Lake Campground

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General Overview

Sather Lake Campground is located within the Dakota Prairie National Grasslands, which encompasses a large area of federal lands spread across parts of North Dakota and South Dakota managed by the U.S. Forest Service. The grasslands offer visitors a unique experience of the prairie ecosystem with opportunities for wildlife viewing, hiking, fishing, and enjoying the scenic beauty.

Camping at Sather Lake Campground


  • Basic amenities such as picnic tables, fire rings, and vault toilets are typically available.
  • Drinking water may not be readily available, so it is important to bring plenty of water or have the means to treat water from natural sources.
  • Campsites are likely to be primitive, without electrical hookups or RV dump stations.


  • There may be a nominal fee to camp, or it could be free; it's essential to check the current status before planning your trip.
  • Fees, if applicable, help with the maintenance and upkeep of the campground.


  • Some sites may be first-come, first-served, while others might require reservations.
  • Check the specific rules for Sather Lake Campground regarding reservations and walk-up camping.

Campground Rules and Regulations

Campsite Use:

  • There may be limits on the length of stay.
  • Campsites should be used only for their intended purpose, and any alterations to the site are generally prohibited.


  • Fire restrictions may be in place, especially during dry conditions.
  • Use designated fire rings if available, and never leave a fire unattended.


  • Pets typically must be kept on leashes and under control at all times.
  • Owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pets.


  • The campground may operate on a "pack it in, pack it out" basis with no trash collection service.
  • All garbage and litter should be taken with you when you leave.


  • Feeding or disturbing wildlife is prohibited to protect both visitors and animal populations.
  • Make sure to store food properly to avoid attracting animals.

Activities and Recreation

Hiking and Biking:

  • There may be trails available for hiking and mountain biking. Check local maps or information boards for trail specifics.


  • If Sather Lake is stocked or supports native fish populations, a state fishing license will be required.
  • Follow all local fishing regulations and catch limits.

Wildlife Viewing:

  • The Dakota Prairie National Grasslands is rich in wildlife, and appropriate caution should be taken when observing animals, especially during sensitive times like mating or nesting seasons.

Access and Location

Getting There:

  • The exact location of Sather Lake Campground within the Dakota Prairie National Grasslands should be obtained prior to your trip.
  • Access roads to the campground may be unpaved and vary in condition, so prepare to drive accordingly.

Seasons and Accessibility:

  • Some campgrounds in the national grasslands are seasonal and may not be accessible during winter months due to snow or road closures.
  • Check the local weather and road conditions before setting out.

Preparation and Safety


  • Since amenities are limited, be sure to bring all necessary supplies, including water, food, a first-aid kit, and appropriate gear for the season.


  • Be prepared for changes in weather, as conditions can shift rapidly on the plains.


  • Cell phone coverage may be spotty. Have a plan for emergencies and inform someone of your travel plans.

Contact Information

Before heading out to Sather Lake Campground, it is advisable to check the latest information with the local ranger district. They can provide you with the most current details regarding campground status, fees, fire regulations, and other pertinent information.

  • Contact the Dakota Prairie National Grasslands for up-to-date conditions and any questions you might have about your visit.
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