The sledding hill and warming house at Tom O’Leary Golf Course are closed until further notice due to poor sledding conditions.
The Expressway underpass on the Sertoma Trail is closed.
Two segments of the Cottonwood Park trail, 2506 South 12th St., are closed until further notice due to construction of additional softball fields.
McDowell Dam Recreation Area
1951 93rd Street Northeast • 223-7016
McDowell Dam Recreation Area is a 271-acre park located five miles east of Bismarck on Old Highway 10 and one mile north. The park is owned by the Burleigh County Water Resource District and managed by the Bismarck Parks and Recreation District. A public beach provides great access to the water, and you can fish off a dock. These items are available for rent: paddle boats, paddle boards, a row boat, canoes, kayaks and a tandem kayak. Picnic shelters are available (and can be reserved for special occasions), as well as horseshoe pits, a small concessions area, a playground and modern restrooms. There is a paved recreational trail on the grounds and a wooded area for nature walks or runs. There is also a Nature Trail encircling the banks of McDowell Dam.
Park Hours Year Round:
- Sunrise to sunset
- Memorial Day weekend (May 22) to Labor Day Weekend (Sept. 7)
- Monday-Friday: 1pm – 9pm
- Saturday-Sunday: 11am – 9pm
- Paddleboat, Paddle Boards, Canoe, Kayak (single and tandem):
$5/half hour; $8/hour; $12/hour and half
- *If wind or other weather conditions present a safety hazard to watercrafts, no rentals will occur.
- Call 222-6455
- Full day: $45
- Half day: $28 (sunrise – 3pm OR 4pm – sunset)