Parks Master Planning
North Dakota State Parks & Recreation offers a diversity of recreation opportunities throughout the state intended to connect people and places, generations and enrich the lives of all North Dakotans. We endeavor to be stewards of the natural resources through sustainable management, while embracing opportunities to enhance recreation opportunities. Master Plans are tangible, visionary tools used by our agency that help us responsibly meet this charge.
Our Parks & Recreation Planners are responsible for the development of the park master plans. They identify critical management and recreation priorities, industry and economic trends, and public needs. Using this information, the master plan is developed to act as a consistent guide that informs the decision-making around the long-term preservation, management and development goals.
Park master plans will be updated on a 10-year cycle. However, our Parks & Recreation Planners will continuously meet with Park Managers and Staff to reevaluate the master plans, ensuring they remain flexible, dynamic and responsive to the ever-changing needs.
Completed park master plans and information regarding the plans that are in progress can be found below.
Completed Master Plans
Lewis & Clark State Park (1982)
Fort Stevenson State Park (1982)
Lake Sakakawea State Park (1983)
Icelandic State Park (1984)
Cross Ranch State Park (1985)
Grahams Island State Park (1987)
Turtle River State Park (1997)
Lake Metigoshe State Park (1998)
Sully Creek State Park (2005)
Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park (2014)
Fort Ransom State Park (2014)
Pembina Gorge State Recreation Area (2014)
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The North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department is updating the master plan for Cross Ranch State Park. The Department values the opinion of its citizens and park users and wants to get feedback and thoughts.
In the interest of public health, safety and welfare and keeping the master planning process moving forward, NDPRD is excited to host its very first virtual open house!
BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Doug Burgum today appointed Andrea Travnicek to lead the North Dakota Department of Parks and Recreation, citing her extensive leadership experience and long history of resource management at the local, state and federal levels.
Bismarck – The North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department is canceling all in person OHV youth safety classes through May 21 but reminds residences an online safety course is available year-round. The online class can be accessed by visiting www.parkrec.nd.gov. OHV operators ages 12 and older must possess an OHV Safety Certification or a driver’s license to legally operate on public land, including ditches and state OHV trails.
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Recreation Trails Program Grant Cycle Opening Soon
The North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department is set to open the Recreation Trails Program (RTP) grant cycle May 1 – May 29. The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) is an 80/20 matching grant program that provides funding for both motorized and non-motorized recreational trail projects. The RTP is administered at the state level through the North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department with guidance from the Recreational Trails Program Advisory Council (RTPAC), and federally through the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).
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It is that time of year that we need to inform riders the end of our snowmobile season is rapidly approaching. North Dakota law closes public access to snowmobile trails between April 1 and November 1 every year. We ask you to also refrain from using your ATV or OHV on closed snowmobile trails as we do not have permission from landowners for their use during the offseason and have the potential to lose those rights with trespassing concerns.
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The North Dakota Parks and Recreation is closing all state parks and recreation buildings to the public effective Thursday, March 19. However, day-use facilities at the state parks, including trails and boat ramps will remain open to the public as of this time, and recreation and natural areas continue to remain open for day use.
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 discovering their artistic side. Three artists will be invited to stay at either Turtle River State Park (July 12-19, 2020), Lewis & Clark State Park (August 2-9, 2020) or at Cross Ranch State Park (February 7-17, 2021) as a collaborative effort to incorporate arts into the educational programming presented by the North Dakota Parks & Recreation Department. Applications are due April 24, 2020.