Kicking off your summer with a Memorial Day Weekend vacation? North Dakota Tourism invites you to have some Legendary fun! As you're planning, we'd like to share a variety of updates and travel resources. Certain parts of the state are experiencing the joys of Mother Nature - but rest assured, there's plenty to see, do and explore.
Theodore Roosevelt National Park and Medora
Theodore Roosevelt National Park is open for visitors at both the North Unit (near Watford City) and the South Unit (Medora). Campgrounds are closed, but will be reopened as soon as waters from the Little Missouri River (nicknamed the Little Muddy) recede.
Record water levels in Medora are currently affecting access to Bully Pulpit Golf Course and the Chateau de Mores State Historic Site. Please call ahead to check the status of attractions in Medora as you're planning your trip. The Medora Musical will open as scheduled June 10.
Missouri River and Bismarck-Mandan
Due to unprecedented record and late snowfall in the Rocky Mountains, record inflows of water have raised Lake Sakakawea resulting in extreme releases from the Garrison Dam and into the Missouri River. Fishermen are still getting out on the river and just need to be aware of the no-wake zone from the Garrison Dam to the McLean Bottoms/headwaters of Lake Oahe.
In Bismarck-Mandan, there are closures at the Dakota Zoo, Riverwood Golf Course, the Lewis & Clark Riverboat, boat ramps and recreational trails. You can find information at the Bismarck Parks and Recreation office and get information on other attractions, events and lodging at the Bismarck Mandan Convention and Visitors Bureau.
If camping is part of your travel plan, the North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department is keeping tabs on affected state parks, trails and campgrounds. Likewise, the North Dakota Department of Transportation has travel maps to help guide you.
The message: Please just plan ahead to make sure your vacation goes off without a hitch! We hope your North Dakota trip is a great adventure for all the right reasons! For example, consider some of the FUN to be had this weekend:
- The State Track Meet in Bismarck will continue as scheduled Friday and Saturday
- Veterans are admitted free at state parks and numerous attractions - like Bonanzaville, USA in West Fargo.
- Devils Lake is hosting a Memorial Motorcycle Rally with three days of riding, games and more.
- The Sky Dance Sakakawea kite festival will take place at Fort Stevenson State Park.
- How about a Wild West Shootout - 3 p.m. Monday at the Frontier Village in Jamestown.