Missouri River State Natural Area

Located on the east side of Mandan along the Missouri River this 157-acre preserve is a pristine floodplain woodlands. A deciduous forest consisting of cottonwood, green ash, the rare peachleaf willow and buck brush dominate the area. The riparian woodland provides habitat to whitetail deer, fox, raccoon, squirrels, wild turkey, bald eagles, Canada geese, owls, woodpeckers, and a variety of songbirds.

Recreation

Popular for walkers, fisherman and mountain bikers there are almost 5 miles of single track trail. In the winter, although the trails are not groomed, it is also a great place to cross-country ski and snowshoe. Outdoor enthusiasts, bird watchers, and photographers come to enjoy the solitude, abundant wildlife and scenery.

Directions

From Mandan: Follow 1-94 E to Mandan Ave, Exit 153. Turn Right onto Mandan Ave, head south for .1 mile. Turn left onto Division St. NE, then immediately left onto River Dr NE.   Take your first right into the entrance road, and follow it until you reach the parking lot.

From Bismarck: Follow 1-94 W to Mandan Ave, Exit 153. Turn left onto Mandan Ave, head south for .3 miles. Turn left onto Division St. NE, then immediately left onto River Dr NE.   Take your first right into the entrance road and follow it until you reach the parking lot.

This natural area is managed by the North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department in cooperation with the ND Department of Transportation, Morton County Parks and the City of Mandan. Special rules and regulations govern this area.