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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.

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Plans In-Progress

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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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NDPRD Awards Approximately $1 Million in Recreation Trail Projects 

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The North Dakota Parks & Recreation Department received 17 Recreation Trails Program (RTP) grant applications totaling $1,595,553.82 in project fund requests in the last grant round. The RTP grant program was allocated approximately $1 million for the fiscal year 2020 through the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to award across the state. The RTP Advisory Committee ranked and selected 13 of the 17 projects that were allocated funding this year. Grants Coordinator Char Binstock noted this is the largest number of projects that have been funded through this program in one fiscal year.  


NDPRD Seeking Applicants for RTP Advisory Committee

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The North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department (NDPRD) is seeking applicants for the Recreational Trails Program Advisory Committee (RTPAC).  The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) is an 80/20 matching grant program that provides funding for motorized and non-motorized recreational trail projects.  The RTP is administered at the state level through the NDPRD and federally through the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).


Land & Water Conservation Fund Grant Preliminary Applications Now Open 

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The North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department (NDPRD) is soliciting preliminary applications for the FY20 Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) through October 29, 2020.  The purpose for a preliminary application is for eligible grant sponsors to outline potential projects and have them reviewed by NDPRD before the full application process which will open on November 2, 2020. Application can be found here!


ND Parks and Recreation rolls out new volunteer program 

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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.  


OHV Youth Safety Class at Turtle River State Park 

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The North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department is holding a free off-highway vehicle (OHV) youth safety course near Grand Forks at Turtle River State Park on Thursday, August 20, at 10:00 am.  Learn more here


OHV Safety Class

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The North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department is holding a free off-highway vehicle (OHV) youth safety course in Dickinson at the Stark County Fairgrounds on Wednesday, August 5, at 10:00.


Meeting Notice: Recreation Trail Program 

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August 5th - 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

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Meeting Link: RTP Meeting


Off-Highway Vehicle Youth Safety Class

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The North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department is holding an off-highway vehicle (OHV) youth safety course in Bismarck at the Missouri Valley Fairground Complex on Thursday, July 23, at 10:00 am.


Recreation Trails Program Committee Hosts Virtual Meetings

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The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) Advisory Committee (RTPAC) will have a pre-application virtual meeting on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, at 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm to discuss the recent RTP application round and Title VI. RTPAC Board Members, RTP Applicants, and the public are welcome to join for an overview of the program. Until further notice, all meetings will be held virtually through a Live Microsoft Teams Meeting. The live stream and video recordings will be available at https://www.parkrec.nd.gov/business/grants/recreation-trails-program.


NDPRD Holds Virtual Open House for CRSP

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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!


Burgum appoints Andrea Travnicek to lead North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department

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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.


Upcoming youth OHV safety classes canceled

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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.

 


Recreation Trails Program Grant Cycle Opening Soon

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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). 

 


State OHV Trails Open as Snowmobile Trails Close

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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.  


North Dakota State Parks Announces Closures Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

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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.


ND State Parks Seeking Artist in Residency Applications

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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.


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