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S'mores World Record Attempt

Saturday, May 18, 2024 at 01:30 pm - 06:00 pm

Categories: Fort Stevenson State Park

Be part of a world record attempt! We are attempting to break the record for the most people making s'mores simultaneously. Kick off summer, celebrate Fort Stevenson's 50th anniversary and help break the record on May 18.


Cardio & Coffee Trail Running Series

Saturday, May 25, 2024 at 07:30 am - Saturday, September 21, 2024 at 09:00 am

Categories: Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park

Get ready for the return of the 2024 Cardio & Coffee Trail Running Series at Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park! This one-of-a-kind event will elevate outdoor fitness by adding in the enjoyment and education of the finest specialty roast coffee. We’ve taken a typical morning run and turned it into an energy-driven morning on the most beautiful and legendary trails of Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park.


Sky Fest Over Fort Stevenson

Saturday, May 25, 2024 at 10:00 am - Monday, May 27, 2024 at 04:00 pm

Categories: Fort Stevenson State Park

Make plans to visit Fort Stevenson State Park Memorial Day weekend and bring your kite! Sky Fest welcomes kite flyers of all ages to decorate the sky over Fort Stevenson May 25, 26, & 27 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm each day.


EMS Kids Event

Saturday, May 25, 2024 at 04:00 pm - 07:00 pm

Categories: Fort Stevenson State Park

Join us in celebrating EMS week. The event will feature public service entities as they provide family fun activities and tours of the many types of emergency personnel equipment. This family-friendly event is open to all ages.


Golden Glow Hike

Saturday, May 25, 2024 at 09:00 pm - 12:00 am

Categories: Lewis & Clark State Park

Join us for a golden glow hike where we will illuminate the trails for a magical adventure!


Memorial Day Hike

Monday, May 27, 2024 at 11:00 am - 12:00 am

Join Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park on the Memorial Day Hike. This hike is a great way for you or your family to celebrate Memorial Day and honor those who have given everything for our country. The hike will begin at the park’s Commissary Store at 11 a.m. Monday, May 27.


Halloween in June

Friday, June 7, 2024 at 07:30 pm - Sunday, June 9, 2024 at 11:00 am

Categories: Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park
Join us all weekend long, June 7-9, for the annual Halloween in June event! There will be plenty of spookily spectacular family fun to be had. 

50th Anniversary Celebration

Saturday, June 8, 2024 at 08:00 am - 06:00 pm

Categories: Lewis & Clark State Park

It's our 50th Anniversary! Join us for our Golden Era! Activities include a dog jog, youth fishing derby, free lunch, inflatables, live music, food trucks and more!


Life of a Frontier Soldier Youth Program

Saturday, June 8, 2024 at 10:00 am - Saturday, August 3, 2024 at 11:00 am

Categories: Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park

Join Fort Abraham Lincoln’s troops for “Life of a Frontier Soldier”. During the special program, kids will take the official oath of enlistment in the U.S. frontier military; learn about life living on a frontier army post; the basics of field rifle and marching drill on the parade ground; and their role as part of Fort Abraham Lincoln.


National Marina Day

Saturday, June 8, 2024 at 01:00 pm - 12:00 am

Categories: Fort Stevenson State Park

Visit Fort Stevenson State Park's deTrobriand Marina for an open house to celebrate National Marina Day. Bring the kids for rain gutter regatta and minnow races. 


Monster Mash

Friday, June 14, 2024 at 01:00 pm - Sunday, June 16, 2024

Categories: Lewis & Clark State Park

Join us for Monster Mash during our 50th anniversary! Look forward to Trick-or-treating and all things Halloween!


Missouri River Bluegrass Festival

Friday, June 14, 2024 at 06:30 pm - Saturday, June 15, 2024 at 10:30 pm

Categories: Cross Ranch State Park

All ages are welcome to the 32nd Annual Missouri River Bluegrass Festival at Cross Ranch State Park. Grab a lawn chair and listen to live bluegrass music Friday, June 14 from 6:30-10:30 p.m. and Saturday, June 15 from 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m.


Fly & Tie Workshop

Saturday, June 15, 2024 at 09:00 am - Sunday, June 16, 2024 at 02:00 pm

Categories: Lake Metigoshe State Park

Discover fly-fishing and learn how to tie your own flies through this two-day workshop at Lake Metigoshe State Park!


Star Party

Saturday, June 15, 2024 at 10:00 pm - 11:59 pm

Categories: Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park

Join us this summer for Fort Abraham Lincoln's Star Parties. The event will be held at the Fort Abraham Lincoln Cavalry Square / Parade Ground from 10:00 pm to 12:00 am. Please plan on arriving a little early to get a good observation spot.


Father's Day Hike

Sunday, June 16, 2024 at 10:00 am - 12:00 am

Categories: Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park

Join in on the Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park Father's Day Hike on Sunday, June 16. It is also a great way to continue celebrating summer and a great way to appreciate and honor our dads.


Pedals & Popsicles

Saturday, June 22, 2024 at 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Categories: Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park
Join us for new park adventure! This ranger led approx. mile-long bike ride will start at the Visitor Center and will take you on paved bike paths and unpaved trails through the park. We will end at the amphitheater where there will be popsicles waiting to be enjoyed.

Outdoor Photography Workshop

Saturday, June 22, 2024 at 06:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Categories: Lake Metigoshe State Park

Learn basic operations and concepts including aperture, manual settings, shutter speeds, lens choices & limitations, exposure and more before getting outdoors to take landscape, macro and wildlife photos at Lake Metigoshe State Park! 


Classy Christmas

Friday, July 12, 2024 at 05:00 pm - Sunday, July 14, 2024 at 08:00 pm

Categories: Lewis & Clark State Park
Join us for a 'Classy' Christmas during our golden anniversary! Ugly sweaters, site decor contest, lots of gold and glitz, and SANTA!

Star Party

Saturday, July 13, 2024 at 10:00 pm - 11:59 pm

Categories: Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park

Join us this summer for Fort Abraham Lincoln's Star Parties. The event will be held at the Fort Abraham Lincoln Cavalry Square / Parade Ground from 10:00 pm to 12:00 am. Please plan on arriving a little early to get a good observation spot.


Junior Governor's Cup Fishing Derby

Saturday, July 20, 2024 at 10:00 am - 01:00 pm

Categories: Fort Stevenson State Park

Kids can show off their fishing skills at the North Dakota Junior Governor's Cup Youth fishing derby held in the de Trobriand Marina. The derby is open to anyone aged 17 years old and younger.


Bluegrass Goes Pink

Saturday, July 27, 2024 at 08:00 am - 12:00 am

Categories: Cross Ranch State Park

Spend the day at Cross Ranch State Park for this annual event in partnership with the Bismarck Cancer Center Foundation. A full schedule of events is planned, so come to enjoy the beauty of the park, hear some amazing music, and light candles in memory of our loved ones.


Kids Weekend 2024: Park Olympics

Friday, August 9, 2024 at 12:00 pm - Sunday, August 11, 2024 at 03:00 pm

Categories: Icelandic State Park

This year, we will be competing for best event of the summer with Kids Weekend 2024: Park Olympics!


Wild Outdoor Women (WOW) - Fall

Friday, September 13, 2024 - Sunday, September 15, 2024

Categories: Lake Metigoshe State Park

Primarily for ladies over the age of 16 to learn and/or refine skills related to a variety of outdoor recreational activities. Join us for a weekend full of canoeing, kayaking, archery and more!


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ND state parks launches new mobile app to direct users to outdoor recreation

Friday, May 10, 2024 at 04:00 pm

Bismarck, ND – The North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department (NDPRD) announces its newly launched mobile trails app powered by OuterSpatial which directs users to over 2,200 miles of statewide trails. The app also includes special events and points of interest for users to visit within North Dakota’s state parks. 


Fort Stevenson State Park celebrates 50th Anniversary with attempt for a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title

Monday, May 6, 2024 at 12:00 pm

Garrison, ND – Fort Stevenson State Park invites the public to gather at the park on Saturday, May 18 to attempt a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for the Most people making s’mores simultaneously in celebration of the park’s 50th anniversary. An official judge from GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS will be on site to verify the record and confirm that more than 891 people, which is the current record, simultaneously made s’mores. 

 


State park visitors can help protect parks from invasive species

Sunday, May 5, 2024 at 07:00 pm

The North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department (NDPRD), in partnership with the North Dakota Game and Fish Department, is highlighting the importance of stopping the spread of Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) during the week of May 5-11. ANS Awareness Week in North Dakota is intended to further educate visitors on the potential risk to public health, property and the economy from the negative impacts associated with ANS to ultimately stop the introduction and spread of ANS in the state’s waterways. 


Youth OHV Safety Courses open for registration

Thursday, May 2, 2024 at 09:00 am

Registration for North Dakota Parks and Recreation’s (NDPRD) Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) youth safety courses located across the state are now open. NDPRD offers the hands-on courses in an effort to increase OHV safety awareness and prevent accidents.   


Media Advisory: Prescribed Burn at Cross Ranch State Park Scheduled (4/21)

Sunday, April 21, 2024 at 01:00 am

PRESCRIBED BURN: If you're planning on visiting Cross Ranch State Park today (April 21), our partners at The Nature Conservancy are conducting a prescribed burn scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. Two sections of the park have been identified for the burn, which is anticipated to end by 12 p.m. pending favorable weather conditions.

 


Community partners to celebrate Lewis & Clark State Park’s Golden Anniversary

Monday, April 8, 2024 at 02:30 pm

Epping, ND – Lewis and Clark State Park marks its 50th anniversary with a year-long celebration, made possible by the generosity of its community. The park has served as an outdoor haven in northwest North Dakota for recreation, education, and family fun for half a century.


North Dakota Parks & Recreation presents plans and seeks construction bids for 14th state park

Monday, March 11, 2024 at 02:30 pm

Bismarck, ND – The North Dakota Parks & Recreation Department (NDPRD) is excited to move forward with development of the state’s 14th state park at the Pembina Gorge State Recreation Area (PGSRA) and is currently accepting construction bids for the project. 


2024 Special Event Dates Released

Wednesday, February 28, 2024 at 09:30 am

Dates have been set for the North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department's 2024 special events! From fishing tournaments and youth day camps, to night hikes and holiday-themed events, we have something for everyone at locations across the state. Many of our events become annual outings for families and friends, and we're proud to provide these memorable experiences for visitors of all ages. 


ND State Parks and Council on the Arts seeking Artist in Residency Program applicants

Tuesday, February 27, 2024 at 04:00 pm

Bismarck, ND The North Dakota Parks & Recreation Department and North Dakota Council on the Arts are accepting applications for the Artist in Residency program. Artists of all disciplines are encouraged to apply. 


North Dakota Parks and Recreation seeks grant applications for Recreational Trails Program

Thursday, February 15, 2024 at 08:00 am

The North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department (NDPRD) is seeking trail project applications for the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) starting Monday, April 1, 2024. The RTP is an 80/20 matching grant program that provides funding for both motorized and non-motorized recreational trail projects. https://www.parkrec.nd.gov/business/grants/recreational-trails-program


New Reservation System Goes Live!

Wednesday, January 10, 2024 at 11:00 pm

We are thrilled to announce the launch of our brand-new Online Reservation System, designed to streamline and enhance your booking experience with us! Explore the new system at reserveNDparks.com, where you can create an account and start planning your 2024 adventures!

 

 


Snowmobile ND celebrates 50 years; state awaits adequate snowfall for trail openings

Tuesday, December 12, 2023 at 02:00 pm

Bismarck, ND – North Dakota’s snowmobile season opened on Dec. 1, but several conditions must be met before the state’s 2,800 miles of snowmobile trails are open, groomed and ready for travel. 


ND Parks & Recreation enhances services and features with new reservation system

Wednesday, October 25, 2023

Bismarck, ND – The North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department has partnered with US eDirect to provide a new online reservation system and point-of-sale platform. These enhanced services and features will improve and streamline the customer experience for the more than one million annual visitors to North Dakota’s state parks.


North Dakota First in Nation to Offer EnChroma Glasses for Color Blindness at All State Parks

Wednesday, October 4, 2023 at 01:00 pm

North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department (NDPRD) today announced that it has become the first park system in the country to support “color accessibility” for color blind visitors at all of its parks via a collaboration with EnChroma®, creators of glasses for color blindness. Each state park has received a “kit” of EnChroma glasses for red-green color blind guests to borrow during visits to enjoy North Dakota’s colorful beauty.


New amenities make ND state parks more accessible

Tuesday, September 26, 2023 at 04:00 pm

Bismarck, ND – The North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department (NDPRD) recently acquired new equipment to bring greater accessibility and inclusivity for visitors of all abilities.


Funding awarded for new trails and outdoor recreation

Friday, August 18, 2023 at 04:00 pm

Bismarck, ND – The North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department (NDPRD) Recreational Trails Program (RTP) received 15 applications totaling $2 million in project grant requests. The RTP has allocated approximately $1 million to award through the Federal Highway Administration.


A Year to Volunteer gives Icelandic State Park a helping hand

Wednesday, August 16, 2023 at 05:00 pm

Bismarck, ND – Icelandic State Park near Cavalier, North Dakota is hosting A Year to Volunteer, an RV-centric organization that brings volunteers from across the country to improve parks through various hands-on projects.


NDPRD awards Park System Program grants to ND communities

Wednesday, August 9, 2023

Bismarck, ND – The North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department (NDPRD) has awarded 22 projects as part of its Park System Grant Program, a 50/50 matching grant program available to city, county and tribal park systems.


North Dakota State Parks and ND Council on the Arts name artists for 2023 Residency Program

Thursday, June 22, 2023

Bismarck, ND – With the goal to support North Dakota artists in creating art that showcases the beauty and inspiration within our state parks, the ND Parks & Recreation Department and ND Council on the Arts have selected three artists for the 2023 Artist in Residency Program.


ND State Parks celebrates National Trails Day with a variety of hikes

Thursday, May 25, 2023

National Trails Day events aim to bring together all trail enthusiasts, while honoring those who help maintain and preserve hiking trails for everyone to enjoy. Many of our parks will be hosting special trails events on Saturday, June 3. 


Governor Burgum announces development of 14th state park at Pembina Gorge with funding approved during session

Thursday, May 25, 2023

Bismarck, ND – The Pembina Gorge State Recreation Area (PGSRA) will be developed into North Dakota’s 14th state park with funding secured by the North Dakota Parks & Recreation Department (NDPRD) during the 2023 legislative session, Gov. Doug Burgum announced today.


North Dakota State Parks announces new amenities for 2023 season

Thursday, May 18, 2023

Bismarck, ND – All North Dakota State Parks return to full-service amenities this Friday, May 19. While the campgrounds are open year-round, some amenities are only available seasonally. In addition to camping, park guests can look forward to special events, educational programming, tours and fishing amenities returning for the summer. State Parks also offer a variety of rental equipment for guests including canoes, kayaks, bikes, stand-up paddleboards, and much more.  


North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department reminds visitors to help protect parks from invasive species

Sunday, May 14, 2023

The North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department (NDPRD), in partnership with the North Dakota Game and Fish Department, is highlighting the importance of stopping the spread of Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) during the week of May 14-20. ANS Awareness Week is intended to further educate visitors on the potential risk to public health, property and the economy from the negative impacts associated with ANS.


Media Advisory: Prescribed Burn Scheduled for Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park 5/2

Tuesday, May 2, 2023

MANDAN, ND – The North Dakota Parks & Recreation Department has scheduled a prescribed burn at Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park (Mandan) on May 2nd. The fire will only occur if the conditions are favorable. This prescribed burn will reduce the wildfire risk throughout the area and promote the restoration of the native prairie by removing old growth. 


ND snowmobile trails close for the season on April 1

Wednesday, March 29, 2023

North Dakota law requires public access to snowmobile trails to close between April 1 and Nov. 1. The North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department (NDPRD) will close all department snowmobile trails, including leased access across private property.


New video series showcases trails and outdoor recreation in North Dakota

Tuesday, March 21, 2023 at 08:00 am

Bismarck, ND A new video series showcases the beauty, history and ecosystems of the many trails in North Dakota. In each YouTube video, the North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department’s state trails coordinator takes the viewer along to give an authentic glimpse of what state parks and other trail systems offer for outdoor recreation.


ND State Parks and Council on the Arts seeking Artist in Residency Program applicants

Tuesday, February 14, 2023

Bismarck, ND The North Dakota Parks & Recreation Department and the North Dakota Council on the Arts are accepting applications for the Artist in Residency program. Artists of all disciplines are encouraged to apply. The Artist in Residency program provides artists the opportunity to stay and work in our state parks, offering unique environments where they’ll draw inspiration, demonstrate their skills, and invite park visitors of all ages to connect art with the outdoors. 


Snowmobile ND state ride slated for Saturday

Monday, February 13, 2023

Bottineau, ND Snowmobile trails across the state are open and ready for the annual Snowmobile North Dakota state snowmobile ride on Saturday, Feb. 18 hosted by Bottineau County Family Snowmobilers. 


February declared Winter Recreation Month

Thursday, February 2, 2023 at 11:00 pm

Bismarck, ND Governor Doug Burgum has declared February 2023 as Winter Recreation Month in North Dakota. The North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department (NDPRD) invites the public to join in celebrating all the winter activities and programs offered to North Dakota citizens and communities.


Artist in Residency Program works of art displayed at Capitol

Sunday, January 8, 2023

For over a decade, North Dakota Council on the Arts (NDCA) has partnered with the North Dakota Parks & Recreation Department (NDPRD) to host 33 North Dakota-based artists in residence at nine different state parks. Beginning on January 3 through April 25, most of the pieces donated since the program’s inception in 2009 will be on display in the Exhibition Gallery on the 18th floor of the North Dakota State Capitol.


December snowfall brings opening of snowmobile trails

Monday, December 26, 2022 at 11:00 pm

While a state-wide snowstorm in mid-December created treacherous travel and numerous closures, the resulting snowpack brings great snowmobiling conditions across North Dakota. 


New Video Series Highlights Impact of Outdoor Recreation Grants

Wednesday, November 16, 2022 at 11:00 pm

A new video series is bringing attention to the impact of the North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department (NDPRD) grant program that funds trails, playgrounds, maintenance equipment, and various other needs at parks and communities throughout North Dakota.


Partnerships with AmeriCorps and Bismarck State College help repair and add amenities to North Dakota parks

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Pembina Gorge and Turtle River State Park trails suffered damages from spring flooding, and a partnership with AmeriCorps is revitalizing the areas this fall.


North Dakota State Parks Name Artists for 2022 Residency Program

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

The Artist in Residency Program is a partnership between the ND Parks & Recreation Department and the ND Council on the Arts where artists are chosen to spend seven or 10 days in a North Dakota state park. Its goal is to support North Dakota artists in creating art that showcases the beauty and inspiration of the hosting state park while providing opportunities for visitors to develop artistic skills and a deeper appreciation of the park-inspired artwork and the parks themselves.


EMS Kids Event at Fort Stevenson State Park

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

The Garrison-Max Ambulance is hosting the annual EMS Kid Event at Fort Stevenson State Park on Saturday, May 21, from 4-7 p.m. in the Garrison Bay Marina. This event features local public service entities as they provide family fun activities and tours of the many types of emergency personnel equipment.       


North Dakota Parks & Recreation Department Reminds Visitors to Help Protect Parks From Invasive Species

Sunday, May 15, 2022

The North Dakota Parks & Recreation Department, in partnership with the North Dakota Game & Fish Department, is highlighting the importance of stopping the spread of Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) during the week of May 15-21. ANS Awareness Week is intended to further educate visitors on the potential risk to public health, property and the economy from the negative impacts associated with ANS.


Local Park Districts Selected for Facility Renovation Grant

Monday, April 18, 2022

The North Dakota Parks & Recreation Department (NDPRD) has selected 16 local Park District Facility Renovation applications for funding. During the 67th Legislative Assembly Special Session, Senate Bill 2345 established a $5 million local park district facility renovation grant utilizing federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to assist local communities in renovating and upgrading their existing outdoor recreation facilities.


Maple Sugaring Event at Fort Stevenson State Park

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Garrison, ND - Come to Fort Stevenson State Park on April 9 and learn how to make maple syrup. Fort Stevenson State Park staff will demonstrate how to tap trees, collect sap, and turn it into delicious maple syrup. In addition, hear about the history of maple syrup and the equipment used. Maple talks take place at 10:00 am, noon, and 2:00 pm.    


North Dakota State Parks Seeking Artist in Residency Program Applicants

Friday, March 18, 2022

The North Dakota Parks & Recreation Department and the North Dakota Council on the Arts are accepting applications for the Artist in Residency program. The Artist in Residency program offers artists the opportunity to stay and work in unique environments where they’ll draw inspiration from the state parks, demonstrate their skills and assist park visitors of all ages in connecting art with the outdoors. 


New Partnership Expands Outdoor Education Opportunities in North Dakota State Parks

Wednesday, March 9, 2022 at 11:00 pm

The North Dakota Parks & Recreation Department (NDPRD) and the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction (NDDPI) are excited to announce a partnership designed to expand, enhance and support outdoor learning opportunities for all North Dakota public, private and homeschooled students through September 2024.


2022 Special Event Dates Announced

Tuesday, March 8, 2022 at 09:30 am

Dates have been set for the North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department's 2022 special events! From fishing tournaments and youth day camps, to night hikes and holiday-themed events, we have something for everyone at locations across the state.


State Snowmobile Trail App Released 

Sunday, February 13, 2022 at 11:00 pm

Bismarck, ND – Gov. Burgum has declared February 2022 Winter Recreation Month, and a new state snowmobile trail app gives users one way to celebrate North Dakota has 13 state snowmobile trails totaling just over 2,800 miles. Snowmobile enthusiasts can now download the Snowmobile North Dakota app to track trips, track current location on a trail using GPS, get updates on trail conditions, locate nearby amenities, and save and load itineraries. 


Hiking Opportunities for 2022 

Tuesday, December 28, 2021 at 11:00 pm

BISMARCK, ND – On January 1, 2022, five North Dakota state parks will be joining 23 other states hosting First Day Hikes. The five locations in North Dakota include Lake Metigoshe, Icelandic, Turtle River, Fort Stevenson and Fort Abraham Lincoln State Parks. The North Dakota Parks & Recreation Department encourages everyone to kick the new year off in a healthy way by finding a First Day Hike event near you. Depending upon snow conditions, event opportunities may include hiking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, fat tire biking or even kick sledding! Full event details can be found on state park Facebook pages or online at parkrec.nd.gov/events


North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department Announces First Day Hikes

Monday, December 20, 2021 at 11:00 pm

On January 1, 2022, five North Dakota state parks will be joining 23 other states hosting First Day Hikes! The five locations in North Dakota include Lake Metigoshe, Icelandic, Turtle River, Fort Stevenson and Fort Abraham Lincoln State Parks. Depending upon snow conditions, event opportunities in North Dakota may include hiking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, fat tire biking or even kick sledding!


The North Dakota Parks & Recreation Department  Announces New Entrance Permit Option

Thursday, November 4, 2021

North Dakota State Park annual permit holders will find a new option available to them this year. During the 67th Legislative Assembly, a bill was passed to allow members of the same household to buy two annual permits at a discounted price. This new option, the family permit, is now available for $55.  


Burgum appoints Cody Schulz to lead North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

BISMARCK, N.D. (SEPT. 20, 2021) – Gov. Doug Burgum today appointed Cody Schulz to lead the North Dakota Department of Parks and Recreation, citing his extensive record of public service and strong leadership at the state and county levels, including through some of the most challenging periods in recent state history.


North Dakotans can help prevent wildfires, keep beaches clean during Labor Day weekend

Thursday, September 2, 2021

As families prepare to enjoy North Dakota’s outdoor destinations over the Labor Day weekend, residents and visitors are encouraged to recreate responsibly by practicing fire safety. While recent moisture has provided some relief from fire starts over the past few weeks, dry conditions still persist in many areas of the state with 100 percent of North Dakota experiencing severe drought conditions.


Lewis & Clark State Park Unveils New Master Plan

Monday, August 2, 2021

North Dakota Parks & Recreation Department continues to keep up with changing visitor needs and industry trends through master planning processes.  This process provides an opportunity for stakeholders, park users and park managers to provide input and guidance to future development of state park properties.  This week the Lewis & Clark State Park master plan was signed by Andrea Travnicek, Director of the North Dakota Parks & Recreation Department. This plan will set the course for the next ten years of park development, and potential improvements and advancements at Lewis & Clark State Park.


Paul Taylor Appointed Interim Director

Monday, July 26, 2021

Paul Taylor, deputy director of Parks and Recreation, has been appointed interim director effective Aug. 1. Taylor brings a strong background in park planning, design, and construction, most recently serving as chief of park planning and development for the Maryland National Capital Park & Planning Commission. Applications for the Parks and Recreation director will be accepted beginning July 30.


Lake Metigoshe to Host Artist Aaron Michels

Friday, July 23, 2021

Bottineau, ND – Lake Metigoshe State Park is excited to host visual artist Aaron Michels. Aaron is a part of the ND Council on the Arts, Artist in Residency Program. His residency will run from July 26- August 2. 

Aaron Michels was born in Mohall, has lived throughout the US, and is currently living in Minot. He’s a visual artist, working primarily with photographic and watercolor depictions of nature and landscapes to include everything from macro images of flowers to giant mountain vistas. Aaron loves to travel and enjoys camping with his wife and two kids. He’s proud to have shared his love of camping and the outdoors with his family.


The North Dakota Parks & Recreation Department Releases Survey Results

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

BISMARCK, ND – The North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department saw increased visitation in 2020 with 1.29 million visitors to the state parks and continues to maintain high visitation this year. While COVID-19 had certainly prompted increased travel, results of surveys conducted by the Department show that increase was on top of an already loyal and growing visitor base to North Dakota’s state parks. When looking ahead to future travel, 74.6% of visitor survey respondents indicated that they plan to visit a North Dakota state park within the next 12 months. At the time of the survey, COVID-19 had little influence on respondents’ future plans with only 9.8% indicating their plans to visit were prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 


NDPRD Reminds Visitors to Recreate Safely Over Independence Day Weekend

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

The North Dakota Parks & Recreation Department wants to remind visitors and citizens to recreate safely over the upcoming holiday weekend. Recreation, specifically water recreation, is a popular way to beat the heat and celebrate the Fourth of July. While out enjoying the water with family and friends, the agency asks you to keep these important safety tips in mind.


NDPRD & SHSND Reveal Passport Program

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

The North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department and the State Historical Society of North Dakota are excited to announce the North Dakota Passport. The goal of the new program is to help residents and out-of-state travelers make the most of their visits to recreational and historical sites throughout the state. This program is similar to other programs at state and national levels that have been popular among travelers. The North Dakota Passport is an all-in-one guide to adventure as users collect stamps at 37 featured destinations, varying from state parks and recreation areas to state historic sites and museums. All 37 locations have a designated outdoor Passport Station where users can transfer the stamp with a crayon. Additionally, staffed locations have a stamp available in park offices, visitor centers, or museums.


North Dakota Parks & Recreation Department and North Dakota Department of Health encourage participation in National Trails Day

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Hiking, biking, horseback riding, and motorized recreation all have one thing in common: trails. There is no better way to celebrate and appreciate the hard work put into North Dakota’s trail systems and recognize the benefits these trails provide for recreation and exposure to the outdoors than on National Trails Day, June 5. This event is a nationwide effort that takes place annually on the first Saturday in June and encourages everyone to explore and advocate for trails. This weekend a number of state parks are hosting events across the state to recognize the day. In partnership with the North Dakota Department of Health, North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department is encouraging participation in opportunities to volunteer on a trail project, collect litter, or join in a guided hike or trail activity all while finding physical, mental and emotional restoration.  Event information can be found at www.parkrec.nd.gov


North Dakotans Can Help Prevent Wildfires, Keep Beaches Clean During Memorial Day Weekend

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

As families prepare to enjoy North Dakota’s outdoor destinations over Memorial Day weekend, residents and visitors are encouraged to recreate responsibly by practicing fire safety. While recent moisture has provided some relief from fire starts over the past few weeks, dry conditions still persist in many areas of the state with 98 percent of North Dakota experiencing some level of drought.


 National Invasive Species Awareness Week 

Monday, May 17, 2021

National Invasive Species Awareness Week (NISAW) raises awareness about invasive species, the threat they pose, and what can be done to prevent their spread. The term "invasive" is used for aggressive species that grow and reproduce rapidly, displace native species, and cause significant disturbance to the areas in which they are present. 


Artists Named For 2021 Residency Program within the State Parks   

Monday, May 17, 2021

The Artist in Residency program is a partnership between the North Dakota Parks & Recreation Department and the North Dakota Council on the Arts, where three artists are chosen to each spend one week in a North Dakota State Park. The Artist in Residency program offers artists the opportunity to stay and work in unique environments where they’ll draw inspiration from a North Dakota State Park, demonstrate their skills, and assist park visitors of all ages discover their artistic side. This is the 11th year these state agencies have collaborated on this program. To date, 11 of the North Dakota State Parks have hosted over 25 local artists.  


Fort Stevenson Open House Announced

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Mark your calendars! The North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department (NDPRD) is developing the master plan for Fort Stevenson State Park. The Department is excited to host this virtual open house that provides an update on the status of the planning process for Fort Stevenson State Park. We value the opinion and input of our citizens and park users, and we want to get your feedback and thoughts.


NDPRD Encourages Visitors to Recreate Safely

Thursday, April 8, 2021

The North Dakota Parks & Recreation Department wants to remind visitors to recreate safely during high fire danger conditions. The safety of the public and protection of the land, resources and facilities is the department's top priority.   


Maple Sugaring Days

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Come to Fort Stevenson State Park on April 10 and learn how to make maple syrup. Fort Stevenson State Park staff will demonstrate how to tap trees, collect sap, and turn it into delicious maple syrup. Hear about the history of maple syrup and the equipment used.  Maple talks take place at 10:00 am, noon, and 2:00 pm.   


Fort Mandan Opening for 2021 Season

Friday, March 26, 2021

Interpretive services will be available at Fort Mandan beginning April 1, including guided tours and personalized interpretive experiences. Tours will originate at the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for students, or a $25 family pass and includes entry into both the Interpretive Center and Fort Mandan.  


NDPRD Completes GIS-Based Asset Inventory Project

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

The North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department recently completed an asset inventory project for its 15 destination properties. During the 2018-2022 strategic planning process, the agency identified the need to inventory all the park system assets. This project came to fruition due to funds provided in the 66th Legislative Assembly.


ND State Parks Seeking Artist in Residency Applications

Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 11:00 pm

The North Dakota Parks & Recreation Department and the North Dakota Council on the Arts are now accepting applications for the Artist in Residency program within the North Dakota state parks. The Artist in Residency program offers artists the opportunity to stay and work in unique environments where they'll draw inspiration from a North Dakota state park, demonstrate their skills, and assist park visitors of all ages in discovering their artistic side. This is the 11th year these state agencies have collaborated for such a program that empowers people, improves lives and inspires success!  


The North Dakota Parks & Recreation Department Provides Comment on Army Corps Draft Shoreline Management Plan For Lake Sakakawea

Monday, February 15, 2021 at 11:00 pm

The North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department sent a letter this week to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ on the Draft Shoreline Management Plan for Lake Sakakawea.  Lake Sakakawea is an important resource for recreational activities in the state. In the letter, the Department requested the Corps work with the Department to prioritize silt removal and shoreline stabilization projects along the lake.  As lake conditions change, due to the operation and management of the Garrison Dam, open access may become a concern as silt accumulates and erosion may occur within the shoreline areas of Lake Sakakawea.


North Dakota Parks and Recreation Launches its First Adventure Lab

Monday, February 15, 2021 at 11:00 pm

Arvilla, ND – Most people use a mobile phone to stay connected to friends, family, and co-workers. But now, individuals can also use their phones to connect to a more fun, engaging learning experience while visiting a North Dakota state park. In partnership with members of the North Dakota Geocaching Association, the North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department has launched its first digital geocaching experience at Turtle River State Park, 20 miles west of Grand Forks, N.D. 


Cross Ranch State Park Hosts Artist Johnathan Campbell 

Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 11:00 pm

The Artist in Residence Program is a collaboration between the North Dakota Parks & Recreation Department and the North Dakota Council on the Arts that allows local artists to stay, work and draw inspiration from a North Dakota State Park. The program's goal is to support North Dakota artists and continue creating opportunities and artworks that showcase, document and celebrate our North Dakota State Parks. Through hands-on opportunities for visitors, they encourage them to become stewards with a deeper appreciation of artistic works inspired by the state parks.  


February Declared Winter Recreation Month

Monday, February 1, 2021 at 11:00 pm

Governor Burgum has declared February 2021, Winter Recreation Month in North Dakota. The North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department (NDPRD), in conjunction with North Dakota Recreation and Park Association (NDRPA), invites you to join us in celebrating all that parks and recreation offer to our citizens and communities.


2021 Special Event Dates Announced

Monday, February 1, 2021 at 02:00 pm

Dates have been set for 2021 special events! From fishing tournaments and youth day camps to night hikes and Cardio & Coffee trail runs, we have something for everyone!


Last Call for Survey Responses

Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 11:00 pm

Visitor Survey closes January 31

The North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department is conducting a state park visitor survey and economic impact study. The knowledge gained from these studies will be invaluable, aiding the Department in planning for the future and offering experiences the public is looking for.

We value your input and hope you'll take the time to complete this important survey. Please respond by January 31.


NDPRD Announces First Day Hikes

Monday, December 21, 2020 at 11:00 pm

First Day Hike events have become signature events for many of America’s state parks. On January 1, 2021, four of the North Dakota state parks will be hosting First Day Hike events to include Lake Metigoshe, Cross Ranch, Turtle River and Fort Stevenson State Parks. Depending upon snow conditions, event opportunities in North Dakota may include hiking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, fat tire biking, or even kicksledding, a new offering within the North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department! 


NDPRD Launches Surveys to Understand Economic Impact and Enhance Visitor Experience 

Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 11:00 pm

The North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department (NDPRD) is launching two online survey components starting this week which include a survey for state park property visitors and a survey for non-visitors. A survey for adjacent community members will be conducted in January. The goal of these surveys is to provide the Department with data to inform an analysis of the park properties’ impacts on local communities and better understand how park properties can be maintained or improved to enhance the visitor experience. 


Get outside in 2021

Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 11:00 pm

The North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department announces fun for 2021. The department is bringing back the statewide Adventure Challenge and unveiling a new statewide 12 Months-12 Hikes Challenge. Participants can pick a challenge or take on both. Spend 2021 exploring trails, trying new recreational activities, traveling to new locations, visiting historic places, and exploring everything that the North Dakota Parks & Recreation Department has to offer.


Statewide Snowmobile Trails Open with an Exciting New Opportunity

Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 11:00 pm

The North Dakota Parks & Recreation Department announces the opening of the snowmobile season starting December 1. North Dakota offers 2,800 miles of riding trails on 13 different trail networks across the state, which will be open starting in December for riders to enjoy once snow conditions are desirable. An additional 143 miles of trail has been added in McLean and Ward Counties for this year.


ND State Park Report Record-breaking Camping Numbers for the 2020 Season 

Monday, November 9, 2020 at 11:00 pm

The North Dakota Parks & Recreation Department had their highest number of campers recorded in the department's history during the 2020 season. The department saw a 35 percent increase in campsite nights this season compared to the 2019 season. The increase in camping was a trend in the 13 state parks across the state, all of which were open and operating under CDC guidelines as destinations for visitors to safely recreate in an outdoor environment.


Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center and Fort Mandan Transition to Winter Hours

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Beginning October 1, The Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Although the Fort Mandan Visitor Center will be closed, visitors can still tour Fort Mandan through October 17.


ND Parks and Recreation rolls out new volunteer program 

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

A new, expanded volunteer program through the North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department now offers individuals and groups the opportunity to volunteer their time and talents to impact our state parks. Whether you're interested in helping with vehicle or trail maintenance projects or volunteering in the visitor center, a meaningful volunteer experience can be tailored to your special skill set. The program's goal is to cultivate partnerships between community members and park staff as they work together for the betterment of their parks and individual and community well-being.  


Haunted Fort Postponed Until 2021 Season

Friday, August 21, 2020 at 12:00 pm

Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park's annual Haunted Fort event has been postponed until next season. After careful consideration, the staff at Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park has made the difficult decision to postpone the event due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. "Even though we will not be hosting our annual Haunted Fort event, we want to encourage residents to still come out and enjoy the park this fall," said Dan Schelske, Park Manager. "This a great place to enjoy the stunning fall colors against the backdrop of the Missouri River."


North Dakota Parks Continue to Reopen Services Under the ND Smart Restart Guidelines

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

The North Dakota Parks & Recreation Department, under the ND Smart Restart guidelines, is pleased to announce the continued reopening of department services, including group campsites, shelters, and rental facilities throughout the North Dakota state park system.


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