Happy Anniversary North Dakota State Parks

Waking up on a mild summer morning, hearing the birds chirp and water flow, knowing that you have the whole day ahead of you to hike, fish, swim or simply relax is the reason millions of travelers, families and adventure-seekers have enjoyed North Dakota’s state parks since 1965. Top off the activity with an evening campfire under a dome of stars and it is extremely difficult to find a better vacation spot.

Celebrating their 50th anniversary this year, North Dakota’s 13 state parks offer visitors everything from water sports to horseback riding, snowshoeing to sleeping in tipis. Each park provides a different look at North Dakota’s Legendary landscape, history and culture.

“Our state parks attract thousands of visitors each year from near and far,” said Sara Otte Coleman, director of the Tourism Division for North Dakota’s Department of Commerce. “The lush forest of Turtle River State Park, the rugged and rocky Little Missouri State Park, and the peaceful waters of Lake Metigoshe State Park combine to offer North Dakota park-goers everything they could want.”

The 50th anniversary kick-off celebration was held May 1 at the State Museum in Bismarck, and each month from May – September, different parks will host special events and activities to commemorate this milestone year.

Make your plans to visit a State Park this year and be prepared for a Legendary adventure!

North Dakota’s State Parks

Beaver Lake

Cross Ranch State Park

Fort Abraham Lincoln

Fort Ransom

Fort Stevenson

Grahams Island


Lake Metigoshe

Lake Sakakawea

Lewis and Clark

Little Missouri

Sully Creek

Turtle River