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Halloween in June
Friday, June 9, 2023 at 08:30 pm - Sunday, June 11, 2023 at 11:00 amCategories: Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park
Join in the spooky fun for Halloween in June weekend! More details to come.
"The Life of a Soldier" Living History Weekend
Saturday, June 10, 2023 at 08:00 am - Sunday, June 11, 2023 at 01:00 pmCategories: Fort Ransom State Park
Come experience the sights and sounds of the 1860s Military at Fort Ransom State Park June 10-11. Visit the park as reenactors and living historians come together to recreate the life of infantry soldiers on the campaign trail.
National Marina Day
Saturday, June 10, 2023 at 01:00 pm - 12:00 amCategories: 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.
Night at Akra Hall
Saturday, June 10, 2023 at 05:00 pm - 12:00 amCategories: Icelandic State Park
Join us for the annual Night at Akra Hall and learn how to square dance like the pioneers! Whether you're an expert dancer or someone who's never seen square dancing before, all are welcome!
Friday, June 16, 2023 at 04:00 pm - Sunday, June 18, 2023 at 07:00 pmCategories: Lewis & Clark State Park
Are you ready for the festivities to begin? We have a jam-packed weekend planned for Halloween in June! Children of all ages are encouraged to trick-or-treat throughout the campground.
Cardio & Coffee Trail Running Series
Saturday, June 17, 2023 at 07:30 am - Saturday, September 23, 2023 at 09:00 amCategories: Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park
Get ready for the return of the 2023 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.
Father's Day Hike
Sunday, June 18, 2023 at 10:00 am - 12:00 amCategories: Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park
Devils Lake Chamber Walleye Fishing Tournament
Categories: Grahams Island State Park
Yearly, over the fourth weekend of June, you can find the Devils Lake Chamber, anglers and many others out at Grahams Island State Park, participating in the festivities of the annual Devils Lake Chamber Walleye Fishing Tournament. Devils Lake features some of the best fishing in the country, so why not grab a friend and join in on the action.
NDGCA Caching & Camping
Saturday, June 24, 2023 at 08:00 am - Sunday, June 25, 2023 at 12:00 pmCategories: Lake Sakakawea State park
Join the North Dakota Geocaching Association for their annual Caching and Camping event! With a weekend full of geocaching there is something for everyone in every skill level.
Frontier Military Days
Saturday, June 24, 2023 at 12:00 pm - 04:00 pmCategories: Fort Stevenson State Park
Take a step back in time! Fort Stevenson State Park is hosting Frontier Military Days on June 24th and 25th on the Guardhouse Interpretive Center lawn. From noon to 4 p.m. both days of the event, visitors can experience what life was like at an 1870s military fort.
Halloween in July
Friday, July 7, 2023 at 08:00 pm - Saturday, July 8, 2023 at 11:00 pmCategories: Turtle River State Park
Join Turtle River State Park for a night of family-friendly fun. Bring your costumes and decorations for Halloween in July.
Christmas in July
Friday, July 14, 2023 at 04:00 pm - Sunday, July 16, 2023 at 07:00 pmCategories: Lewis & Clark State Park
Christmas is coming early to Lewis & Clark State Park! Get ready for a fun-filled weekend jam-packed with Christmas activities.
Campground Fun Day
Saturday, July 15, 2023 at 01:00 pm - 12:00 amCategories: Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park
Save the Date for the annual Campground Fun Day hosted by the Friends of Fort Abraham Lincoln. More details to come.
Junior Governor's Cup Fishing Derby
Saturday, July 22, 2023 at 10:00 am - 01:00 pmCategories: 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. Multiple prizes are awarded and participants may win in only one category.
Hallson Church Service and Pancake Breakfast
Sunday, July 23, 2023 at 09:00 am - 12:00 amCategories: Icelandic State Park
The annual church service held in the historic Hallson Church will again be followed by a pancake and sausage breakfast. All are welcome!
18th Annual Halloween in July
Friday, July 28, 2023 - Saturday, July 29, 2023Categories: Lake Metigoshe State Park
Join us for some spooky happenings the weekend of July 28-29! Bring your candy, costumes and decorations to take in the campsite decorating contest, trick-or-treating, a movie under the stars and a few other family-friendly activities.
Club de Skinautique, Classic Rhythm & Lighted Boat Parade
Saturday, July 29, 2023 at 05:00 pm - 10:00 pmCategories: Fort Stevenson State Park
Fort Stevenson State Park is pleased to host an evening of entertainment in the Garrison Bay Marina. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the waterski show, live music and lighted boat parade.
Family Fun Weekend
Friday, August 4, 2023 at 04:00 pm - Sunday, August 6, 2023 at 07:00 pmCategories: Lewis & Clark State Park
Family Fun Weekend is the perfect way for families to work and bond together as a team.
Fido's State Park Hike
Saturday, August 5, 2023 at 10:00 am - 11:00 amCategories: Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park
Bring your furry friend for a fun summer hike.
Wacky for Water Games
Saturday, August 5, 2023 at 01:00 pm - 12:00 amCategories: Turtle River State Park
Get ready to get soaked Saturday, August 5! Dress to get wet and bring a towel for a variety of games to test your skills. We will be playing individual games and team games so bring your friends!
Kid's Weekend: Game Nights
Friday, August 11, 2023 at 02:00 pm - Sunday, August 13, 2023 at 05:00 pmCategories: Icelandic State Park
The annual weekend of family fun at Icelandic State Park will be themed around a timeless activity... game night!
Fort Abraham Lincoln Living History Garrison
Saturday, August 12, 2023 at 10:00 am - 01:00 pmCategories: Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park
Join us August 12 as reenactors and living historians from around the region come to portray soldiers from the 6th US Infantry, Co. B who built Fort Abraham Lincoln in 1872-73.
37th Annual Great Planers Trout & Salmon Derby
Saturday, August 19, 2023 at 07:00 am - 04:00 pmCategories: Lake Sakakawea State park
Once again the Great Planers Trout & Salmon Club will be hosting their annual derby at Lake Sakakawea State Park!
Fort Stevenson Regatta
Saturday, September 2, 2023 at 12:00 pm - 12:00 amCategories: Fort Stevenson State Park
Come to watch the sailboats at the Fort Stevenson Regatta. The course is between eight and ten miles based on the current weather conditions. Spectators can view the race from the park’s bluffs overlooking Lake Sakakawea and from the Guardhouse Lawn.
Saturday, September 2, 2023 at 08:00 pm - 10:00 pmCategories: Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park
This Labor Day weekend, the legendary Glow Hike returns to Fort Abraham Lincoln. Throughout the hike there will be UV light and music party stations. Join us prior to the event to utilize our face painting stations and get your glow on!
Fall Wild Outdoor Women (WOW)
Friday, September 15, 2023 at 07:00 pm - Sunday, September 17, 2023 at 12:00 pmCategories: Lake Metigoshe State Park
Saturday, September 30, 2023 at 05:00 pm - 12:00 amCategories: Lewis & Clark State Park
Grab your flannel shirt and join us at this beautiful North Dakota state park on the shore of Lake Sakakawea!
Fall Luminary Walk
Saturday, October 7, 2023 at 07:00 pm - 09:00 pmCategories: Turtle River State Park
Join us for a hike on our luminary-lit trails, warm up by the fire, and enjoy some refreshments at the Woodland Lodge.
Dickens Geocache Ornament Exchange
Friday, November 24, 2023 at 08:00 am - Friday, December 8, 2023 at 12:00 amCategories: Fort Stevenson State Park
Christmas Open House
Sunday, November 26, 2023 at 12:00 pm - 12:00 amCategories: Icelandic State Park
Icelandic State Park and the Northeastern North Dakota Historical Association invite you to join us for our annual Christmas Open House to kick off the holiday season!
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Governor Burgum announces development of 14th state park at Pembina Gorge with funding approved during session
BISMARCK, N.D. – 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.
ND State Parks celebrates National Trails Day with a variety of hikes
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.
North Dakota State Parks announces new amenities for 2023 season
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Artists Named For 2021 Residency Program within the State Parks
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.
National Invasive Species Awareness Week
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.
Fort Stevenson Open House Announced
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
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
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
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
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
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!
North Dakota Parks and Recreation Launches its First Adventure Lab
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.
The North Dakota Parks & Recreation Department Provides Comment on Army Corps Draft Shoreline Management Plan For Lake Sakakawea
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.
Cross Ranch State Park Hosts Artist Johnathan Campbell
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.