Pipestem Lake, North Dakota, USA

Pipestem Lake stretches five and a half miles long on Pipestem Creek in south-central North Dakota, just a few miles north of Jamestown. With 840 acres and 45 miles of shoreline, Pipestem Lake offers many recreational activities such as camping, boating, fishing, wildlife viewing, hunting and more. Pipestem Lake was created by the US Army Corps of Engineers when they constructed Pipestem Dam. The dam was designed for flood control, – READ THE FULL ARTICLE

Welcome to the ultimate guide to Pipestem Lake! Article topics include:

Looking for Pipestem Lake cabins or other accommodations? Save time and use this interactive map to find, compare and book at the best rates. Or explore more of our favorite travel partners.

All About Pipestem Lake

Pipestem Lake stretches five and a half miles long on Pipestem Creek in south-central North Dakota, just a few miles north of Jamestown. With 840 acres and 45 miles of shoreline, Pipestem Lake offers many recreational activities such as camping, boating, fishing, wildlife viewing, hunting and more.

Pipestem Lake was created by the US Army Corps of Engineers when they constructed Pipestem Dam. The dam was designed for flood control, fish and wildlife management and recreation. The project was started in 1971 and completed in 1974. Pipestem Dam stands 107.5 feet from the stream bed to the top of the dam, and stretches approximately 4,000 feet long.

Nestled in the prairies of North Dakota, Pipestem Lake is a nature lover’s paradise. A few miles from Pipestem Dam is the Arrowwood National Wildlife Refuge. It was established in 1935 and serves as a refuge and breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife. Anglers enjoy casting their lines in for walleye, perch, catfish, and northern pike. Hunters find an abundance of waterfowl, small and upland game, big game and wild turkey. Big game includes deer, pronghorn, moose, elk, and bighorn sheep. Other hunting species include prairie dog, rabbit, fox and mountain lion. Hunting is permitted at the Arrowwood National Wildlife Refuge, but due to annual variations in season length, bag limits and regulations, hunters should check with the refuge manager prior to hunting at Arrowwood National Wildlife Refuge.

Parkhurst is the main camping area at Pipestem Lake covering approximately 134 acres. Amenities at Parkhurst include boat docks and ramps, picnic sites, and shelters. The campground features six parking pads which are designed for horse trailers. There is free overnight camping and a group of shelters that are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Visitors will enjoy visiting Jamestown where they can walk the trail of Louis L’Amour, the western book writer. Visitors can take a self-guided walk to see where he grew up. Also in Jamestown is Frontier Village, a recreated Old West prairie town. The Frontier Village has the world’s largest buffalo, a 60-ton concrete sculpture commemorating the American bison. There is also a buffalo herd and an albino buffalo at the Frontier Village.

The whole family will enjoy the beauty of Pipestem Lake and the amenities of historic Jamestown, so plan your visit soon.

Things to Do at Pipestem Lake

  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Camping
  • Campground
  • Picnicking
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hunting
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Birding
  • National Wildlife Refuge

Fish Species Found at Pipestem Lake

  • Catfish
  • Northern Pike
  • Perch
  • Pike
  • Walleye
divider

Find Places to Stay at Pipestem Lake

If you’re considering a Pipestem Lake lake house rental or hotel, we’ve made it super easy to find the best rates and compare vacation accommodations at a glance. Save time using this interactive map below.

More Sites to Book a Pipestem Lake Vacation

Our interactive Pipestem Lake lodging map above is an easy tool for comparing VRBO rental homes and nearby hotels with Booking.com, but there could be times when you need to expand your search for different types of accommodations. Here are some other lake lodging partners we recommend:

Check TripAdvisor
Check Expedia
Find a Campspot
All Travel Resources

Note: These are affiliate links and we may earn a small commission. Read our disclosure policy here.

Pipestem Lake Statistics & Helpful Links

divider

Lake Type: Artificial Reservoir, Dammed

Water Level Control: Army Corps of Engineers

Surface Area: 840 acres

Shoreline Length: 45 miles

Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 1,431 feet

Minimum Elevation (Min Pond): 0 feet

Maximum Elevation (Max Pond): 1,454 feet

Maximum Depth: 30 feet

Water Volume: 32,000 acre-feet

Completion Year: 1974

Drainage Area: 594 sq. miles

We strive to keep information on LakeLubbers as accurate as possible. If you’ve found something here that needs updating, please touch base by filling out our Content Correction form.

Shop Pipestem Lake Gifts

Custom Lake Tumblers

Captain / First Mate Custom 20 oz Tumbler

SHOP NOW
Custom Lake T Shirt

Personalized My Boat My Rules Unisex T-Shirt

SHOP NOW
Custom Lake Coffee Mug - On Lake Time

On Lake Time Custom Coffee Mug – 11oz or 15oz

SHOP NOW
VIEW ALL CUSTOM LAKE PRODUCTS

More Pipestem Lake news from LakeLubbers.com

  • Advertise your vacation rental property or local business: DETAILS HERE
  • The Pipestem Lake forum has been discontinued: HERE’S WHY
  • New Pipestem Lake photos coming soon!
  • You’re invited to join our lake-lovin’ community on Facebook and Instagram!
  • Share this Pipestem Lake article with your fellow LakeLubbers: