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Beaver Lake State Park's gently rolling prairie provides scenic views for leisurely walks. In the summer, the lake attracts visitors for boating, canoeing, water skiing and fishing

Lewis and Clark State Park is situated on one of the upper bays of Lake Sakakawea. The rugged buttes of the North Dakota Badlands display a towering backdrop to one of the state's best recreation areas.

The Northern Pacific Railroad Bridge spanning the Missouri River between Bismarck and Mandan opened up travel to the west in 1882. That traffic led to the growth of Bismarck (Edwinton) and eventually points west. Bridges and their impacts have played a key role in North Dakota history. Here are several bridges of note. 

It's hard to pick out five places to hunt pheasants in North Dakota as there are hundreds of great places to hunt. Everyone that has taken up a shotgun and chased this colorful game bird has their own favorite places, from tree rows near Killdeer to grasslands near Mott. Here is a sampling of great places.

Turtle River State Park is a recreational oasis west of Grand Forks surrounding by the Red River Valley. The park provides a great weekend break, or a longer stay for those wanting to get away and stay away from it all.

Getting to Fort Ransom State Park is part of the fun, as it lies at the end of the Sheyenne River Valley National Scenic Byway south of Valley City - or at the beginning if you come from the south - near the town of Fort Ransom. The park is a tribute to the state's homesteading Heritage.

Icelandic State Park in northeast North Dakota offers visitors a wide array of recreational opportunities and glimpses of North Dakota's homesteading heritage and its natural beauty.

Lake Sakakawea State Park is one of the top access points to fun and recreation on Lake Sakakawea. Activities include boating, fishing, camping, hiking, swimming and more.

Long before there were scenic byways, there was the Missouri River. Lewis and Clark took it to the Rocky Mountains and back home. Today, you can travel along the water route and see an array of attractions along the way, including Garrison Dam.

Ruggedly beautiful Little Missouri State Park a scenic wonder

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