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Missouri River State Natural Area

Located on the east side of Mandan along the Missouri River this 157 acre preserve is pristine floodplain woodlands. A deciduous forest consisting of cottonwood, green ash, the rare peach leaf willow and buck brush dominates the area. The riparian woodland provide habitat to whitetail deer, fox, raccoon, squirrels, wild turkey, Bald Eagles, Canada geese, owls, wood peckers and a variety of song birds.

Popular for walkers, fisherman and mountain bikers there are almost 5 miles of single track trail. In the winter although the trails are not groomed it is also a great place to cross country ski and snowshoe. Outdoor enthusiasts, bird watchers and photographers come to enjoy the solitude, abundant wildlife and scenery.


This natural area is managed by the North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department in cooperation with the ND Department of Transportation, Morton County Parks and the City of Mandan. Special rules and regulations govern this area.



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