Electric Campsite Rules

Electrical hookup fees apply if you occupy the campsite even if you choose not to use the electricity.

Extension cords must be in good condition, 25 feet or less and fit properly into the outlet.

Extension cords may only be used in the reserved campsite and may not extend outside of the reserved campsite.

Cords may not run from one campsite to another at any time.

Pet Rules

Domestic pets are permitted in designated day-use areas.

Pet owners are required to pick up after their pets and properly dispose of their droppings. Pets are not permitted on beaches or playgrounds, in bathing areas or concession facilities.

For everyone's enjoyment, including pets, please observe the pet camping rules. Failure to abide by these rules may result in the camper being asked to check out of the campground.

All pets must be confined, leashed, or otherwise under the physical control of a person at all times. Leashes may not exceed six feet in length.

Pets must be well-behaved at all times.

Pets may not be left unattended on the owner's campsite at any time.

During quiet hours (After 11PM) all pets must be in your camper, RV or tent.

Pets must be provided water at all times.

Pet owners are required to pick up after their pets and properly dispose of all pet droppings in trash receptacles. Pet droppings left in fire rings will result in the camper being assessed additional fees.

Pets that are noisy, vicious, dangerous, disturbing or intimidating to other persons or pets, or which damage park resources, are considered to be nuisances and will not be permitted to remain in the park.

Non-furbearing pets, such as reptiles, birds or fish, must be confined or under the physical control of the owner.

Some animals may be prohibited on park properties. Animals considered to be livestock are prohibited at Lake Tschida.

Check In - Check Out Times

Check in time is 2PM.

Check out time is 1PM.

You may remove your unit and place it in a designated public parking area and enjoy the lake the day of your checkout.

Vacating The Camping Area

All garbage must be disposed of.

All pet messes must be cleaned up.

Garbage may not be left in fire ring or around the campsite. Fires must be extinguished.

Any damage to ground or trees must be reported to office or Lake Staff.

Additional fees may apply to sites that are left in unacceptable condition.

No Littering Rules

Fire rings are not to be used for the dumping of any type of trash.

You are required to keep the grounds free of litter.

Please dispose of garbage in dumpsters.

Do not leave your garbage in fire ring.

Chewing gum, cigarette butts, peanut and sunflower seed shells, bottles, cans and wrappers is and are considered litter.

If gum no longer desired or if it has been in your mouth it goes in the garbage not on the ground.

Violations Of Terms And Conditions

Violations may result in trespass of property. Failure to comply with the rules and regulations may result in arrest.



Heart Butte Dam on the Heart River in south central North Dakota is a uniform earth fill structure completed in 1949.

Heart Butte Reservoir (Lake Tschida) currently provides water primarily for irrigation & flood control.

Other authorized uses include recreation & fish & wildlife benefits.

The Heart Butte Unit irrigation lies in scattered tracts along the Heart Butte River to the Missouri River.

There are approximately 13,100 acres of irrigable land.

Lake Tschida derives its name from Michael Tschida Sr. born in Vienna, Austria, in 1866.

He immigrated to the United States in 1890 settling in Mandan, North Dakota. In 1900, he moved to Glen Ullin.

He was elected the first Mayor of Glen Ullin in 1906.

He was one of the most vocal local leaders promoting the construction of the Heart Butte Dam.

He saw the completion of the Heart Butte Dam in 1949 & passed away in 1956.


The 7,575 acres of public land & 3,400 acres of water at the Heart Butte Reservoir offer an abundance of wildlife for hunting, fishing, & viewing opportunities year round. Heart Butte is well known for its Walleye & northern pikes.

A fish cleaning station is provided at the North Shore Concession.

In addition to the abundant fishing, Heart Butte is a popular destination for hunting ring-necked pheasant, sharp-tailed grouse, white-tailed deer & mule deer.


Ten recreation areas provide numerous campsites.

Some campsites offer picnic tables, grills, shelters, restrooms, & potable water. An RV dump station is provided above the Rimrock Recreation Area at the Schatz Point Area.

Advance reservations are available for all campgrounds.

Reservations must be made at least seven (7) days in advance of your arrival otherwise all unreserved sites are available on a first come first serve basis.

Self-registration Kiosks are conveniently located close to all camping areas.

The Boy Scout area will continue to be open to public use while the scouts are not at camp. However, the area will be for day use only to allow easier access to the fishing pier and bird watching opportunities. No overnight camping will be allowed to the general public.

Lake Tschida recreation areas observe a quiet time from 11PM to 6AM Mountain Time.


Lake Tschida is the only sizeable body of water in the area & has become a popular recreation center. Picnicking, swimming, boating, camping, water skiing, & fishing are popular summer activities.

Fall & winter activities include hunting, cross country skiing, trapping, & ice fishing.


Take pictures, make drawings, look, but do not remove archaeological artifacts, fossils, & other geological specimens: it's against federal & state law.

The past is for everyone.

Archaeological artifacts & geological specimens are part of the heritage of this region, state, & nation.


Gizzard Shad
Northern Pike
Smallmouth Bass
Tiger Muskellunge (Tiger Muskie)
White Crappie
Yellow Perch