Master Plans



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.


Plans In-Progress


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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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.

NDPRD Announces 2020 OHV Safety Courses

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North Dakota Parks & Recreation Department is excited to announce our 2020 OHV Safety course presentations. Exact times and address locations will be published one week prior to course execution once the minimum student registration is achieved. This year we will conduct several hands-on safety courses for certification around North Dakota. 

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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