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Boating In North Dakota

  • Devils Lake
  • Lake Metigoshe
  • Lake Oahe
  • Lake Sakakawea
  • Stump Lake

By AA-Boats & Boating Staff Writers

Boating In North DakotaNorth Dakota boasts an array of fantastic opportunities for boating enthusiasts to explore its scenic waterways and picturesque lakes. Among the most popular boating lakes in the state are Devils Lake, known for its abundant fishing opportunities, and Lake Sakakawea, a sprawling reservoir offering ample space for various water activities.

Pontoon boats have gained immense popularity among boaters in North Dakota, especially for leisurely cruises and social gatherings on the water. With their spacious and stable design, pontoon boats provide a comfortable and enjoyable experience for families and friends to spend quality time together while basking in the natural beauty of the state's lakes.

Family boats are another sought-after choice for boaters looking to accommodate larger groups and create lasting memories on the water. These versatile vessels are designed with ample seating, storage, and amenities to cater to the needs of families, ensuring a delightful and inclusive boating experience for all.

Boating in North Dakota, with a variety of boat types to choose from, each serving different purposes and preferences. From fishing boats optimized for anglers seeking the perfect catch to speed-driven powerboats for thrill-seekers looking to engage in water sports, the state offers something for every boating enthusiast.

For those who wish to experience boating without owning a boat, rental boat services are readily available across North Dakota. These services offer a fleet of boats to choose from, enabling visitors and locals to enjoy the pleasures of boating without the commitment of boat ownership.

North Dakota's boating scene is flourishing, with its popular boating lakes, pontoon boats, family boats, various boat types, and convenient rental services, providing ample opportunities for boaters to immerse themselves in the natural beauty and water-based adventures of this scenic state.

Enjoy plenty of fun places to go boating in North Dakota. Whether it's a family outing or just the guys going fishing or skiing, boating is fun for all. And there is boating in all corners of of the state. Whether you live in the northwest, northeast, southwest or southeast part of the state, chances there are plenty of opportunities to go boating nearby.

Boating in ND

For further information about boating in North Dakota, contact the North Dakota Game & Fish - Boating Licenses located at 100 N. Bismarck Expressway, Bismarck, ND 58501. The phone number is 701-328-6335.

North Dakota locator map - boating opportunities.
ND Resources


Six Mile Corner Bait Tackle & Marine Repair
1607 Highway 83 Northwest
Garrison, ND 58540
701 337-5704


North Country Marine Motor Sports Inc
1200 20Th Ave Se
Minot, ND 58701
701 837-9999

Jeffs Sport Shop Inc
11 54th Ave Se
Minot, ND 58701
701 838-3229

Minot Motor Marine Inc
3400 S Broadway Hwy 83
Minot, ND 58701
701 852-4029

Vallely Sport & Marine
2125 Highway 2 And 52 West
Minot, ND 58701
701 852-1625

Watford City

Wayne's Sport Center Inc
701 4th Avenue Northeast
Watford City, ND 58854
701 842-3294


Williston R V Marine
14049 Highway 2
Williston, ND 58801
701 577-7846

Xtreme Marine
13877 Highway 2
Williston, ND 58801
701 774-2628

Valley Sport & Marine
1301 Bison Drive
Williston, ND 58801
701 572-2123

Devils Lake

Halversons Motor Sports
1410 Kelly Dr
Devils Lake, ND 58301
701 662-1044

Blake's Marine & Sports
434 Highway 2 West
Devils Lake, ND 58301
701 662-6655

Joe's Sport Center Inc
909 Highway 2 West
Devils Lake, ND 58301
701 662-4071


Bayside Marine Co
608 Dakota Ave
Riverdale, ND 58565
701 654-7446


RV and Marine Mclaughlin's
325 25th Street South
Fargo, ND 58103
701 237-6046

Howie's Auto & Marine Repair
1822 3rd Ave N
Fargo, ND 58102
701 235-3765

Checkmate Performance Power Boats of Fargo
330 40th Street South
Fargo, ND 58103
701 277-9612

Universal Boatmotor Salvage
650 9th Street Northwest
West Fargo, ND 58078
701 282-3997


Dales Motorsports
Po Box 692
Jamestown, ND 58402
701 662-5161

Gun And Reel Sports Inc
115 1st St W
Jamestown, ND 58401
701 252-2850


This website focuses on all aspects of boating including new and used boats for sale, boat rentals, repairs, accessories, storage and more.

For convenience, resources are listed first by area of the North Dakota, then by proximity to cities, waterways, parks, campgrounds and other relative attractions in ND. Cities listed in this section include Garrison, Minot, New Town, Watford City, Williston, Bisbee, Devils Lake, Fort Totten, Granville, Minnewauken, Beach, Bowman, Dixon, Medora, Riverdale, Bismark, Carrington, Fargo, Jamestown and Wahpeton.

Resources are also identified nearby campgrounds including Beulah Bay Recreation Area, Lewis & Clark State Park, Little Missouri State Park, Icelandic State Park, Grahams Island State Park, Lake Metigoshe State Park, Cross Ranch State Park, Ft Abraham Lincoln State Park, Pelican Point Landing, Beaver Lake State Park, Doyle Memorial Campground and Fort Ransom State Park.

Rivers & Lakes For Boating in ND

North Dakota lakes with boating opportunities are listed within quadrants of North Dakota include Lake Audubon, Lake Darling, Lake Metigoshe, Lake Sakakawea, Powers Lake, Devils Lake, Dry Lake, Lake Alice, Morrison Lake, Stump Lake, Bowman-Haley Lake, Cedar Lake, Lake Tschida, Patterson Lake, White Lake, Arrowwood Lake, Jamestown Reservoir, Lake Ashtabula, Pipestem Lake and Rice Lake. Many of these lakes offer multiple boat launching facilities at various locations around the lake.

North Dakota also affords some boating or canoeing on rivers like Little Muddy River, White Earth River, Forest River, Tongue River, Cedar River, Heart River, Maple River and Wild Rice River.

ND boating equipment and gear.

Throughout North Dakota you can find boat dealers, outdoor centers, sporting good stores, bait and tackle stores, RV centers and discount stores offering a wide variety of boating equipment, accessories and supplies.

Go boating in North Dakota

Gather up the family along with some snacks and refreshing beverages and go enjoy the thrill of fresh air in your face and the sun on your back. When boating you can see parts of North Dakota accessible only by water. Often you'll see birds and wildlife not normally seen in city areas. Plus, sunrises and sunsets always seem more majestic when you are in the great outdoors.

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