North Dakota’s State Parks Make Ideal, Diverse Summer Travel Destinations

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BISMARCK, ND -- Peak travel season is upon us and the 50th anniversary of North Dakota State Parks continues to bring more opportunities to travelers. Each month, North Dakota’s Tourism Division has highlighted different parks for their unique features and historic beginnings. In June Tourism invites the public to explore Fort Stevenson State Park near Garrison, N.D., and Sully Creek State Park near Medora, N.D. Both provide experiences that showcase the diversity and opportunity in North Dakota’s great outdoors.

“North Dakota is home to 13 unique state parks that offer visitors diverse scenery, and options to interact with both nature and history,” Sara Otte Coleman, director of the North Dakota Tourism Division, said. “Sully Creek’s prime access to the Maah Daah Hey Trail, and Fort Stevenson’s fame as a fishing hot-spot make both ideal summer travel destinations. We encourage travelers to come and make lasting memories in these outstanding parks.”

Fort Stevenson State Park sits along the majestic Lake Sakakawea and is known as the walleye capital of North Dakota. Home to the Governor’s Cup Walleye Fishing Derby each summer, fishermen flock to the area to enjoy the third-largest manmade lake in the nation.

In addition to the fishing, visitors can experience a first-class marina, dine at Wild Winds restaurant and rent fat tire bikes, canoes, kayaks, boats and pontoons.  

The public is invited to celebrate the North Dakota State Parks 50th Anniversary at Fort Stevenson on Saturday, June 28.

On the edge of the arid, rugged Badlands, Sully Creek State Park is a prime entrance for the 120-mile Maah Daah Hey Trail. Hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders can enjoy the trail’s peaks and valleys overlooking North Dakota’s only State Scenic River, the Little Missouri.

To access these or North Dakota’s other state parks, visit for more information. Travelers are also invited to download or order a free copy of the 2015 North Dakota Travel Guide.