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Here’s your invitation to extraordinary year-round fishing. Williston is located near the Missouri-Yellowstone confluence and Lake Sakakawea. It’s a hub where friendly people gather — and so do walleye, perch, pike and giant paddlefish (limited season in May). Plan your Williston area fishing adventure! 

Licensing, Regulations and Resources 

Visit the North Dakota Game and Fish website to purchase fishing and paddlefish snagging licenses, find fishing regulations, species identification guides and more.  
Visit the site’s “Where to Fish” search page and select Williams County for lake contour maps and information about ramps, fishing piers, accessibility and sport fish found in the lake. 

Paddle Fishing 

This is one of the very few places where you can catch one of these giant prehistoric river monsters. This short annual snagging season begins May 1 and is only open for a few weeks. It requires a separate tag available from North Dakota Game and Fish.

Ice Fishing

Fishing doesn’t stop for winter here. Try ice fishing on Lake Sakakawea or at a variety of Williams County Parks. North Dakota angling licenses are required for ice fishing and for darkhouse spearfishing. Neither the county nor North Dakota Game and Fish monitor ice thickness, so be sure to test the ice. Learn more about access and rules on the county website. Icehouse and snowmobile rentals are also available in Williston. 
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Arnie's Rentals
413 2nd St W
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Confluence Recreation Area Campground
23 Miles West of Williston
Overhead view of Epping/Springbrook Dam
Epping/Springbrook Dam Campground
5 Miles North, 11 Miles East of Williston
Fort Burford campground
Fort Buford Campground
23 miles west of Williston (off Hwy 1804)
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Kota Ray Dam Campground
31 miles east of Williston off County Road 17
Lewis and Clark State Park
Lewis & Clark State Park
16 miles east of Williston off Hwy 1804
Overhead view of the campground.
The Links of ND RV Park & Cabins
24 miles east of Williston off Hwy 1804
Image of the Park
Little Beaver Bay Recreation Area
30 Miles West of Williston off Hwy 1804
Campground Overlooking the water
Little Egypt
28 Miles West of Williston on 109th Ave
McGregor Campground - along the water
McGregor Dam Campground
63 miles northeast of Williston off Hwy 50
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Scenic Sports
1201 E Broadway
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Walmart Supercenter
4001 2nd Ave W
Lunds landing
Whitetail Bay (Lund’s Landing)
22 Miles West of Williston off Hwy 1804