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Where To Find RV Parks and Housing Near the North Dakota Bakken Oil Field Job Sites

Updated on October 25, 2015

RV Living For Work And Travel Can Be A Good Option


Oil Projects in North Dakota Fast-Tracked by the White House

The number of new oil wells approved for North Dakota increased to 500 total in 2012, with 200 new wells already in place in the western part of the state. Many more wells are planned for construction.

By 2035, the number of new wells will be in the thousands. More people will be moving to the oil patch cities and more housing will be needed, but RVs are a good start on housing.

On October 10, 2011 President Obama fast-tracked 80 applications for Oil and Gas Projects in the North Dakota/Little Missouri National Grasslands.

The infrastructure improvement projects in the Grasslands were named among 15 highest priorities for oil and gas projects in America. The oil boom has continued to expand in the state through 2015 and is expected to continue further.

By 2035, the number of new wells in North Dakota will be in the thousands.


Some of the jobs in high demand along Highway 2 and in New Town:

  • HES Technicians,
  • Production and Construction Foremen,
  • Pipeline Technicians,
  • Drivers and Driver Trainees,
  • Automation Specialists,
  • Mechanics,
  • Office Assistants,
  • Lead Maintenance Operators,
  • Lease Operators,
  • Truck Drivers,
  • Maintenance Technicians,
  • Project Engineers, other.

Highway 2 Is a Major Route into Oil Field Cities

Highway 2 ND:
Hwy 2, Tioga, ND 58852, USA

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See second Map below for city information.

Williston ND:
Williston, ND 58801, USA

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Newtown ND:
New Town, ND 58763, USA

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Major oil drilling continues in this Native American Reservation town; non-natives are hired as well. Hundreds of new wells on the way!

Lake Sakakawea, ND:
Lake Sakakawea, North Dakota, USA

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Four Bears Lodge is about 5 miles southeast of New Town, a major point in the oil fields.

Watford City ND:
Watford City, ND 58854, USA

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RVs and Campers


Northwest North Dakota

One of the major sites in the North Dakota Oil Boom is New Town, North Dakota, south of Highway 2. RV campgrounds there and in the surrounding area include the list provided below. At least 40 new oil wells were scheduled for drilling in 2011, but the area can support several times that number.

Located on native reserve land to which non-natives are welcomed to work, the oil fields here await additional release of approved federal funding to help with 1) local oil drilling and refining and 2) refining of incoming Canadian oil via pipline. It is predicted that the yield of oil from North Dakota will reach 24,000,000,000 barrels and that Halliburton will hire 11,000 workers in late 2011 - early 2012.

New Town: Four Bears RV Park

  • 202 Frontage Road, New Town, ND, 58763; (800) 294-5454. The RV park has expanded from 30 to 85 full-hookup parking sites. Golf and Billiards on site. Current rate advertised in October 2011 is $12.72/night for stays of longer than 30 days. Price is double for fewer than 30 days. The RV park is about 1/4 from the Four Bears Lodge on Lake Sakakawea approximately 5 miles southeast of the center of New Town. The lodge has a number higher-paying jobs as well, given the icnreased tourist trade and gradual influx of new workers.

Additional RV Parks are located along Highway 2 and about 23 - 25 miles from New Town, as listed below:

Epping ND:

  • Epping RV & Camp- Seasonal park, open May through October. (701) 570-7222
  • Lewis & Clark State Park - 4904 119th Rd. NW. in Epping. Check for camping. the 2010 data reports open all year. (701) 859-3071

Ray ND:

  • Lund's Landing Resort- Listed on some RV sites, but has only cabins and Tipi/tent camping, lodge and marina. 11350 Hwy. 1804. (701) 568-3474.

Minot ND:

  • Casa Motel and RV Park. 1900 Highway 2 and 52 W. (701) 852-2352. As of June 2011, $18/night with 50 Amp, Electricity, Water, Sewer, WIFI, and Cable TV. Word is that they specialize in renting to oil workers.
  • Odd's Mobile Home Park. 1030 5th Avenue Southwest. (701) 839-4746
  • Rough Rider Campground/RV Park. 500 54th St NW. (701) 852-8442. Call for prices and seasonal restrictions.
  • Valley View RV Park. 1945 20th Avenue Southeast. (701) 839-8878

Williston ND

  • Buffalo Trails Campground. Includes pull-through and big rig sites and allows pets. Listed as Family friendly as well.
  • Fort Buford. 15349 39th Ln NW. Maximum stay listed in 2010 as "4 days", but may change with hosuing needs in the area. Pets are welcomed. Call for current season and vacancies. (701) 572-9034
  • Prairie Acres. 13853 Highway 2 in Williston. Pull-through and big rig sites, pets accepted. Wi-Fi on site, public phone, library, other. Call for current operating season and vacancies. (701) 572-4860

Additional RV Parks are likely to be constructed to accommodate incoming workers and their families. IN the meantime a sort of housing shortage is beginning in later 2011, as predicted by the Three Tribes on whose reservation much of the oil is found. Long-term affordable housing is needed and has been proposed. Additional infrastructure construction begins already for other building needs.

Additional Suggestions for Housing

Houses and Apartments in Bismarck, Williston and nearby

Check Craigslist for Bismarck, North Dakota for houses, apartments, mobile home lots and others nearest Williston, Newtown, and other oil towns.

  • Craigslist Bismarck for housing:

Target Logistics Bear Paw Lodge

 Williston, North Dakota, with about 125 beds.
Williston, North Dakota, with about 125 beds. | Source

Area for Largest Oil Deposits, per Bakken Dispatch

Williston ND:
Williston, ND 58801, USA

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Stanley ND:
Stanley, ND 58784, USA

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New Town ND:
New Town, ND 58763, USA

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Killdeer ND:
Killdeer, ND 58640, USA

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Badlands Trail Rides and Eastview Campground (RV Park). 10456 10th St. NW in Killdeer, ND. "Full RV Hook-up Sites" available. (701) 764-8000

Dickinson ND:
Dickinson, ND 58601, USA

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The lodge here has almost 600 beds for workers.

Additional Lodges for Oil and Gas Field Workers

  • Stanley Cabins and the Stanley Hotel - Stanley, North Dakota, near Route 2
  • Williston Cabins, Williams County Lodge, Judson Executive Lodge - All in Williston.
  • Dunn County Lodge - Dickinson, North Dakota. About 600 beds.
  • Mobile lodges pop up as needed around Western North Dakota.


© 2011 Patty Inglish MS


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