Jamestown Reservoir

Jamestown Reservoir - canoes

The Jamestown Reservoir is the premier recreation site in Jamestown. It has 45 miles of shoreline and over 2,000 acres of surface area.


Jamestown Reservoir fishing depths

  • 7 boat launches
  • handicap accessible docks
  • stocked by ND Game and Fish
  • Arc GIS mapping available through ND Game and Fish
  • species include walleye, northern pike, bluegill, small-mouth bass, bullhead, muskie, and crappie
  • 2 marinas (Lakeside Marina on the east side and Pelican Point on the west side)
  • Little Britches Fishing Pond (for the young angler) near Lakeside Marina

Disc Golf

  • 24-hole course on the Island by Lakeside Marina


  • Public beaches by Lakeside Marina and at Pelican Point Campground


Boating and Water Sports

  • 7 boat launches
  • Motorized boats allowed


Whether you like to walk, jog, or bike, these trails offer beautiful scenery to keep you going

  • 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
    • East side of the Reservoir (on the north edge of Jamestown)
    • 701-252-1183
  • Pelican Point
    • West side of the Reservoir (11 miles north of Jamestown)
    • 8310 28th St SE
    • 701-252-1451


  • Central Flyway and Prairie Pothole Region
  • Stop for migratory birds in the Spring and Fall