Wow is an event designed for ladies, ages 16 and over, looking to learn or improve upon various outdoor recreational skills in a safe, hands-on setting. Activities often include canoeing, kayaking, archery, fly-fishing, geocaching, yoga and more!
This year's fall event will be a smaller, modified version that will follow North Dakota Smart Restart as well as CDC guidelines. Under the ND Smart Restart guidelines and in partnership with local health officials, the following precautions will be put into place.
Dorms will not be available; you'll be able to make local hotel lodging arrangements at the lake and in Bottineau are available in addition to onsite camping. To make campsite reservations, please call 1-800-807-4723 or visit www.parkrec.nd.gov. Modern (electricity and water) and primitive (no electricity or water) campsites will be available for $25/night and $17/night respectively.
Comfort stations will be open within the park near the beach as well as in the modern campgrounds for those needing to use restrooms or gain shower access. Vault toilets are also located near the warming house as well as North and South Hill campgrounds.
There will be no gathering in large groups for meals or announcements. Grab and go meals (prices TBA) for Saturday breakfast and lunch as well as Sunday breakfast will be available and can be purchased during registration process. Other meals will be on your own. A variety of local Lake Metigoshe and Bottineau restaurants will be open and available. Participants will find out via email the locations of where to meet for each activity they register for prior to the event. Participants will be asked to arrive at the park 15 minutes early to ensure locations are found within the park so sessions can start on time. Anyone running late runs the risk of not catching up with the group as well as the activity itself.
All activities will be held outdoors where proper distancing can be established. Participants will be expected to dress for any changing weather conditions. Equipment for activities will not be shared to limit contact. No food programming will be offered. Participation will be limited to 12-16 ladies/activity.
Activities will cost $25 for the 2 hour mini sessions in the evening and $35 for 3.5 hour morning and afternoon sessions. Additional costs will be attached to some of the activities (TBA) due to cost of materials.
Participants are asked to carefully read activity descriptions to reference valuable information related to items to bring and/or what to wear. Most gear and materials are provided unless otherwise noted in activity descriptions. Although items such as bike helmets, yoga mats, field guides, binoculars, life jackets, etc. will be available, ladies are welcome to bring their own should they feel more comfortable.
On Friday, Sept 11 from 8:30pm to roughly 10:30pm there will be an opportunity to take in a "Hunting with Hounds" adventure. Cody and Brooke Hilliard will be bringing their hounds to do a presentation and a demonstration by turning the dogs loose in search of raccoons that may be in the area. Don't miss this opportunity to listen to the sound of the hounds as they go through the woods and catch up to them to see what they may have run up a tree.
Registration will take place online via www.ticketleap.com. Ladies register by purchasing tickets that represent spots in activities and any desired grab and go meals. Registration date and time is TBA.
All ticket sales are final. Those that are no longer able to attend are able to find and send a replacement as long as prior notice is given and the replacement has completed liability paperwork. Those that are not feeling well and have any COVID 19 related symptoms are asked to not attend. Should LMSP need to cancel the event or a portion of the event, refunds will be available.
You will notice that anyone that registers for mountain biking need to bring their own bikes; rentals are not available this year. The fine folks at Val's Cyclery (Minot, ND) invite participants planning to attend WOW to stop in for a FREE bike check to ensure bikes are in working order prior to the event. Please call ahead 701-839-4817 and ask for Rory. Please mention to him that you are registered for LMSP's September Mini WOW event to make prior arrangements.
Special thanks to SRT Communications and Starion Financial for their continued support surrounding the event by purchasing advertising space. Those funds will continue to be utilized to cover state park entrance fees for all WOW participants attending the event.
We will miss gathering as a large group as this event is usually a great opportunity meet outdoor enthusiasts from across the state. So many have formed lifelong friendships at Lake Metigoshe State Park and met other enthusiasts to meet separate from the event to further explore North Dakota's great outdoors. We cherish the safety and health of our park staff, instructors and participants. We look forward to future events where we can once again gather together as a large groups for meals, announcements and to enjoy one another’s company.
Registration opens Wednesday, Aug 5 at noon; closes Friday, Aug 28 at 11:59 via www.ticketleap.com.
More information is available here