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The Water Enthusiasts Guide to Williston


Williston, North Dakota, is one of America's top towns for outdoor living. Located near the confluence of the Yellowstone and Missouri Rivers, there is plenty for water enthusiasts to explore. This one-time oil boomtown offers some of the best fishing and swimming holes in the area. Let’s dive into some of the most awesome water activities you can find in Williston!


In Williston, you’ll find convenient access to many popular fishing spots – all within a quick drive of town. With excellent access to Lake Sakakawea and surrounding fish waters, it’s easy to grab your rod and head out to fish after a long day at work. Fish the Missouri River, Yellowstone River, and Lake Sakakawea for walleye, northern pike, perch, trout, or bass. In May, the prehistoric paddlefish come to the Missouri and Yellowstone Confluence each year to spawn.

Take note, before you bust out your lures and rods, contact North Dakota Fish and Game for fishing licenses and information.

Local Swimming Holes

Ready to get wet? Check out one of the many Williston parks that offer water play and activities. The Williston Area Recreation Center, or ARC, offers memberships with full access to the many amenities offered onsite, including use of the pool.

  • Waterpark
  • Flow Rider
  • Long Course Pool
  • Aquacise
  • Lap Swim
  • Noah’s Arc
  • Swimming Lessons for All Ages
  • Triathlon Training

Spring Lake Park is another excellent choice for outdoor water play in Williston. It is a great local fishing spot and even has its own swimming area access. Gorgeous waters and pleasant beaches can be found at Spring Lake Park, the perfect outing for a hot summer day.

With more shoreline than California, nearby Lake Sakakawea should be a top summer destination for anyone in the area. If you’re willing to travel a bit, you will not be let down by the numerous beaches and plenty of water activity opportunities available at this North Dakota water playground.

And let’s not forget the Missouri River. There are many spots with swimming access as well as other water sports. A bucket-list stop in North Dakota, this beautiful river is one to be enjoyed by all.

Canoeing & Kayaking

Canoeing and kayaking top the list for any Williston water explorer. Paddlers love Yellowstone River, Missouri River, and nearby Lake Sakakawea. If you want to venture out a bit, take a trip out to the Theodore Roosevelt National Park. A float down the Little Missouri River is an ideal way to experience the beauty and solitude of the North Dakota Badlands.

Water Sports

Not extreme enough for you? Grab your wakeboard and boat and head for the marina at Lewis and Clark State Park. Trenton Lake Recreation area is a quick 15-mile trip from Williston, and is another great spot for boating and water sports.

Water Lovers Unite in Williston

If you love water-based activities, “The Best Little City in America” has something for you. Whether you’re looking to hop on a jet ski or go more casual with some day fishing, water opportunities abound in Williston. At StorQuest Williston, we know it can be a challenge to securely store all of your boats, cars, water toys and RVs. Make room for awesome in your life, and let us take care of the big stuff.


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