After nearly a month in Minnesota, we finally pointed Pearl westward and entered North Dakota. Our main destination in the state was Theodore Roosevelt National Park in the western part of the state, but in the meantime we had short stops along the way in Cass County in the eastern part of the state and in Bismarck in central North Dakota.
I'd found the Cass County Park at Brewer Lake online, and although it was a bit out of our way, it ended up being so worth the extra driving. It was 26+ miles off the interstate and a mile down a gravel road with plenty of washboarding, requiring us to creep along. By this time, I was regretting suggesting this place as this would be only a one night stay, and there were other more convenient options to the interstate.
The moment we drove in; however, we both realized what a hidden gem this small county park was. There are only around 11 sites, 8 with full hookups. We were assigned site #6 by the friendly staff, and there was only one other site in use on this Thursday night, so we had plenty of space and privacy. The campground is on an open lawn area, so if it were full, it wouldn't have been as private, of course. We don't know how busy it gets on weekends, but since it's in the middle of nowhere, probably not as busy as most lakeside parks.
The grounds are well-groomed, and the bath house is clean and well-maintained. There's nothing to complain about here other than the gravel road in.
Brewer Lake is small but very pretty, and Paisley was able to take a quick dip along the shore, which she loves. It would be great for kayaking if we had kayaks (someday!) We got great TV reception and two bars of Verizon 4G LTE. What a luxury!
We enjoyed walking around the campground and playing ball with Paisley since no one was anywhere near our site. We would have gone for a mountain bike ride on the surrounding gravel roads had we had more than one night here. Perhaps we'll get to return one day and do just that!
Emily & Barry
We're a long-married, early-retired couple who are currently traveling as nomads with no fixed home base. After years of living in North Carolina (Emily's home state), we spent 18 months living oceanfront on Ambergris Caye, Belize, a year road-tripping the US in a Honda CR-V, a year in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, and are now roaming North America in our 32' motorhome, Pearl, following warm weather whenever possible.
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