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Bismarck, ND – The North Dakota Parks & Recreation Department (NDPRD) is excited to move forward with development of the state’s 14th state park at the Pembina Gorge State Recreation Area (PGSRA) and is currently accepting construction bids for the project. 

Located near Walhalla, ND, Pembina Gorge State Park will feature approximately six cabins and over 50 RV sites. Power and water hook-ups will be included for each site. The campground will also allow for numerous walk-in primitive tent sites. 

Plans include family-friendly restroom and shower facilities along the southern portion of the campground to accommodate multiple guests. Vault toilets will also be constructed throughout the campground. Campground & Day Use Area Layout Plan

As an already sought-after destination with an expansive trail system in the region, the park will provide additional parking to accommodate off-highway vehicle (OHV) and snowmobile users to connect to the extensive trail system within PGSRA and the surrounding region. The park will remain open for hiking, equestrian and OHV use.

As a frequent sought-after destination with a well-established trail system, the Pembina Gorge area already welcomes off-highway vehicle and snowmobile users, and the new park’s expanded parking will offer even more access to motorized recreation.

A groundbreaking is scheduled for mid-May at the future state park site. Additional details about time and location will be provided as the date nears.

The 2023 Legislature approved $6 million dollars for the new park facilities. The additional $2 million for the initial development comes from a matching federal Land and Water Conservation Fund grant.

The development of the Pembina Gorge into a state park has been a more than 10-year effort that continues to be supported by our public and private partners. The project was started through a master planning effort that was completed in 2014. This plan was created to establish and guide a long-term vision for visitor experience, facility development, resource conservation and management of this property.  

“We’re incredibly excited to break ground on this long-awaited project,” said NDPRD Director Cody Schulz. “Our vision is to enhance and grow the area into an overnight destination property that draws visitors throughout all four seasons.” 

The love for the Pembina Gorge runs deep through the Rendezvous Region of northeastern North Dakota, across the state and across borders. A top destination for adventure seekers, the PGSRA encompasses 2,800 acres of public land in the scenic Pembina River Gorge. With steep valley cliffs towering over small, isolated prairies and pocketed wetlands surrounded by the largest continuous, undisturbed forest in North Dakota, the area’s unique beauty offers many reasons to visit.

Future development of the park may include a visitor center with indoor and outdoor learning areas, connecting trails and a nature-themed playground.

The mission of the North Dakota Parks & Recreation Department is to enrich generations through experiences that connect people and places.


For More Information Contact:  

Kristin Byram, kcbyram@nd.gov

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