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Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park

4480 Fort Lincoln Road, Mandan, North Dakota 58554 USA

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“Military and Native History!”

Rich in both military and early Native American history, Fort Abraham Lincoln was once an important infantry and calvalry post. It was from this fort that Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer and the Seventh Calvalry rode out on their ill-fated expedition against the Sioux at the Little Big Horn. Portions of the military post, including the Custer House, have been reconstructed. The Mandan Indian tribe established a village at the confluence of the Missouri and Heart Rivers in about 1575. They built earthlodges and thrived in their community by hunting bison and growing a number of crops. Two hundred years later, an outbreak of smallpox caused the Mandan population to significantly decrease. The Mandan resettled, and in the 1870s the area along the west banks of the Missouri, the same location where the Mandan tribe had established their village, a military post was built in June 1872 by two companies of the 6th U.S. Infantry under Lt. Col. Daniel Huston, Jr. as Fort McKeen, opposite Bismarck, Dakota Territory

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Reviewed by
David LeTellier

  • 16 Reviews
  • 6 Helpful
July 24, 2016
Rated 5.0

Go and stay. This was great. I wish we planned to spend an entire day, not just an overnight stop. Loris to do and see right there. Campgrounds were shaded in many spots. Primitive toilets at one end, but clean bathroom and shower in mid park.

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Reviewed by
lacleg

  • 22 Reviews
  • 7 Helpful
August 28, 2017
Rated 5.0

Great look at some history both military and indian. Nice museum and outdoor indian village. We only paid the $7 park entrance fee [no guided tours] and were perfectly happy. Took us a little over an hour. Really enjoyed this. Park is well maintained and staffed, everyone was friendly.

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Reviewed by
Gaye Quinn

  • 6 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
July 28, 2021

What a great park, historic site, and perfect campground! If our car had not broken down on the freeway and stranded us for three days, we would not have had the chance to see the park. The Custer history was remarkably balanced: he wasn’t a hero and the info on the individual soldiers made it about those who died rather than a fame-obsessed egotist. The CCC-built museum and restored Army camp was a tribute to the best of their efforts. The recreation of the On-a-Slant village was outstanding. The campground was amazing, right along the Missouri River. The bathroom and showers were much better than any of the higher priced, for-profit, parking lot type ‘campgrounds’ we’ve stayed in. Just to complain about something so we don’t look like publicists; no WiFi and it was hot.

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RobAndSharonsTrips

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September 22, 2020
Rated 5.0

Great campsite, very interesting and well preserved blockhouses on the bluff. The best part are the Indian Mounds!

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Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park

4480 Fort Lincoln Road
Mandan, North Dakota
58554 USA

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Open now until 5:00 pm
  • Sun - Sat: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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  • Parking
  • Pets Allowed
  • Restrooms
  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Max Stay
14
Max Length
70ft
Season End
Year Round
Affiliation
State park or forest
Sites Count
96
Season Start
Year Round
Back In RV Sites Count
14
Pull Through RV Sites Count
30
  • Sites
  • Laundry
  • Showers
  • Big Rigs
  • Firewood
  • Fifty Amp
  • Tent Sites
  • Cabin Sites
  • Full Hookup
  • Paved Sites
  • Dump Station
  • Pull Through
  • Reservations
  • Sewer Hookup
  • Water Hookup
  • Potable Water
  • Rec Facilities
  • Back In RV Sites
  • Standard Tent Sites
  • Equestrian Facilities
  • Pull Through RV Sites
  • Vehicle Wash Permitted
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