There is plenty to do outside in and around Jamestown, North Dakota! Jamestown offers a variety of recreational opportunities from summer activities such as fishing, hunting, and golfing to winter activities such as ice fishing, snowmobiling, and cross country skiing.

Fishing Waters

Aliki Lake

Arrowwood Lake

Northern Pike

Bader Lake

Walleye and Pike

Barnes Lake

Pike and Walleye

Big Mallard Marsh


Clark Lake

Pike, Walleye, Perch

Cleveland Slough

1/2 mile south of Cleveland on Highway 67; Perch and Pike

Crystal Springs

Pike, Walleye, and Perch

Hehn-Scheffer Lake

Hoggarth Dam

3 miles west and 3 miles south of Courtney; Perch

Jamestown Reservoir

  • Walleye, Crappie, and Pike
  • 45 miles of shoreline
  • Shoreline fishing piers, some handicap accessible
  • Campgrounds and Luxury Cabins available on the shoreline

Jim Lake

6 miles east of Pingree

Little Britches Fishing Pond (for young anglers)

  • Trout
  • Located near the marina on the east side of Jamestown Reservoir
  • Tournament held here every summer for the young anglers

Mud & Pearl Lakes

8 miles north, 3 miles west, 2 miles north, .3 miles east of Medina; Perch

Pipestem Dam and Lake

  • Walleye Perch, and Pike
  • 14.5 miles of shoreline
  • Shoreline fishing piers, some handicap accessible

R&M Lake

4 miles east and 5 miles north of Buchanan; Walleye

Reule Lake

5 miles west, .5 miles north of Medina; Walleye

Schock Lake

11.5 miles north, 3.5 miles east, 1 mile north, .5 miles east of Jamestown; Perch

Spiritwood Lake

Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, and Pike

Streeter Lake

Pike and Walleye

Sunday Lake

1.5 miles west and 3 miles north of Woodworth; Pike

Disc Golf

For a bit more of leisurely pace, check out the course at Klaus Park. This recreational course has plenty of obstacles and elevation changes to keep you interested.

If you are looking for a challenge, check out the Island Course on the north edge of town at the Jamestown Reservoir. This course is expansive, incorporating elevation changes and water hazards to gain its reputation as one of the toughest courses in the state.

Maps of both courses can be found at Jamestown Parks and Rec.


Jamestown Municipal Swimming Pool

  • 1107 7th St NE
  • 701-251-1388


  • 918 7th St NE
  • 701-253-4101

Jamestown Reservoir

  • Beach by the Marina on east side and at Pelican Point Campground on the west side


Boating and Water Sports

  • 7 boat launches
  • Motorized boats allowed


Jamestown has over 35 miles of trails with variety to suit your needs; paved, unpaved, short, long, easy, challenging, nearby and scenic.

Several trails are available near the Jamestown Reservoir and Pipestem Lake & Dam if you are looking for scenery. The Reservoir has easy paved and challenging unpaved paths. The Pipestem Dam trail covers 3 miles if you just do the outside loop, but if you are looking for a challenge you can go up and down the hills of the middle loops to cover 8 miles. This trail is used for the Pipestem XTERRA Triathlon every June. The North Ridge Trail on the east side of Pipestem Dam covers 5 miles and allows horses.

The White Cloud Nature Trail is nearly 11 miles long and starts at the Veteran's Bridge in McElroy Park. It takes you behind the summer pasture for the bison herd owned by the National Buffalo Museum and around the State Hospital.

Other trails in town range from 0.3 to 2.5 miles. Maps and descriptions are available from Jamestown Park and Rec

  • Jamestown Reservoir Trail
    • This paved trail starts 1.3 miles from the entrance of Lakeside Marina
    • Marina around the Island is 0.5 mile
    • Boy Scout Trail is 0.25 mile
    • Portion starting at 19th St NE is 1 mile
  • Spillway Trail
    • 2 miles
    • Trail head at steps on the east end of the bridge of the dam
  • Split Rock Trail
    • 1.8 miles (not paved)
    • Trail head at the face of the dam on the east side of the Reservoir (trail follows below paved path)
    • Secondary trail head straight across from the ND Game and Fish office
  • Overlook Trail
    • 3.5 miles (not paved)
    • Enter at the end of the gravel road at Joos' Grove


  • Lakeside Marina
  • Pelican Point
    • West side of the Reservoir
    • 8310 28th St SE
    • 701-252-1451


Birding Drives Dakota , a devoted nonprofit, has worked with professional biologists, ornithologists and national wildlife refuges to create nine birding drives within a few miles of Jamestown.

Arrowwood National Wildlife Refuge is north of Jamestown and was established as a breeding ground for migratory birds. Birding Drives Dakota hosts the Prairie and Potholes Festival here every June and Arrowwood hosts the Big Sit in October.

Chase Lake (west of Jamestown) has one of the largest white pelican nesting colonies in North America.


Stutsman County has superior prospects for waterfowl, deer, and upland game hunting. Pipestem Lake, Jamestown Reservoir and Arrowwood National Wildlife Refuge have lands that are open to the public. The North Dakota Game and Fish Department can provide information on Conservation PLOTS and licensing.


Winter Fun

Outdoor activities like ice fishing, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and sledding combine with indoor activities, events, and Jamestown College and Jamestown High School athletics will keep you busy all winter long.

Cross Country Skiing

Jamestown Parks and Rec offers groomed trails at Hillcrest Golf Course. Rentals are available. For more information visit

Skating - Outdoor Rinks

Skating rinks and warming houses are available at Nickeus, Meidinger, Leapaldt and McElroy Parks. Visit for times the warming houses are open.

Skating - Wilson Arena

Public skating times are available throughout the winter at Wilson Arena. Visit for details on times and costs.


Head over to Hillcrest Golf Course for some great sledding action. Visit for more details.


Jamestown is one of the hubs for the Sheyenne Valley Trail (one of the Snowmobile North Dakota trails). State park, rivers, ditches, shelter belts, this trail takes you through beautiful byway scenery.


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Free WiFi and Parking

Free High Speed Internet and Free Parking Buses and Trucks Welcome.

Shady's Restaurant and Lounge

Enjoy great food Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner, Bar, Lounge.

Meetings and Receptions

Meeting Rooms with ability to setup for over 400 people. Business configurations also available.

Fitness, Spa, and Indoor Pool

Workout on the state of the art Fitness equipment. Indoor Heated Pool and Hot Tub avaialable