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.


Pets are allowed in Lake Tschida's confines with certain restrictions. They must be restrained at all times on a leash no longer than six feet in length.

This protects dogs from becoming lost and from other hazards such as sick, injured, or rabid animals. Leashes also help protect park resources, including wildlife and vegetation. Pets are also 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.

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 also 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.

Pets should not be left unattended. Summer sunshine poses a threat to pets left in vehicles. On a bright, sunny day, even in temperatures as low as 60░ F, temperatures inside a vehicle can reach dangerous levels. On an 85-degree day, the temperature inside a car - even with the windows cracked - can reach over 100 degrees within 10 minutes. Please remain mindful of this at all times.

Pet owners are responsible for removing pet waste from campgrounds, picnic areas, parking lots, roads, and other developed areas. In campgrounds, wastes must be removed from all areas within 200 feet of established campsites and in all areas within the campground loops.


Check in time is 2PM.

Check out time is 1PM.

When leaving you must remove your unit from the campsite and you may place it in a designated public parking area and enjoy the lake the day of your checkout.


All garbage must be disposed of in a proper manner.

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 an unacceptable condition.


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


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

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

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, Rimrock area near the office and at Schatz's Point.

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. A fish cleaning station is provided at the North Shore Concession, Rimrock area near the office and at Schatz's Point.

Advance reservations are available for all campgrounds.

Reservations must be made at least 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