Lake Sakakawea State Park

North Dakota



Offering the ideal location for a beautiful outdoor wedding day in North Dakota, Lake Sakakawea State Park combines stunning scenery with a laid back environment to create the perfect setting for your big day. Named in honor of the famous Native American woman who accompanied Lewis and Clark on their historic expedition, Lake Sakakawea is known as one of the national’s largest man-made reservoirs. Aside from being a human triumph, the park flourishes with lush plant and animal life, offering a tranquil oasis that is practically made for wilderness wedding days. After saying your “I do’s” in one of the park’s picturesque locales, retreat to one of the three picnic shelters to celebrate your union. Each can host a wide variety of parties, ranging from more intimate dinners to large events. Spend your wedding night in one of the intimate camping cabins, each offering a charming old world feel with an outdoor deck to enjoy the stars. At once enchanting and rugged, Lake Sakakawea State Park is sure to be a hit with any soon-to-be-wed couple searching for an affordable outdoor venue.

Venue Style

Park/Garden, Vintage/Rustic, Outdoor


Outdoor Ceremony, Outdoor Reception


Max Outdoor Ceremony: 300 guests
Max Outdoor Reception: 300 guests

Time Restrictions

Set up time can start at 8:00AM or earlier. Events must end by 10:00PM or later with venue approval.

Rental Fees

The rental fee ranges from $25 to $200 for a ceremony and reception and includes a full day rental. The venue is only available from May through September for wedding bookings. Please inquire with the park to book a ceremony only wedding and the rental fee that applies.

Wedding Cost

The average wedding cost at Lake Sakakawea State Park is estimated at between $1,700 and $3,230 for a ceremony & reception for 100 guests.





Amenities Included

Outdoor lighting
Overnight accommodations available
Day of onsite manager
No kitchen
Large parking lot
Tables included
Picnic tables included
Water provided
Electricity provided

Special Restrictions

BYO alcohol
General liability insurance required
Wheelchair access limited
No rice, birdseed, confetti, etc.
Approved outside caterer allowed
Amplified music OK indoors and outdoors
Smoking in designated areas only
Music must end by 10:00PM