North Dakota tourism update

BISMARCK–The North Dakota Tourism Division has provided an update on what sites are open and which are closed due to widespread flooding in the state.

“Despite the flooding, North Dakota offers a lot of fun things to see and do. We want to make sure travelers are aware that North Dakota is open and can still provide the legendary experiences we’re known for,” North Dakota Tourism Director Sara Otte Coleman said in a statement.

Here are the updates:  

Amidon

·         Burning Coal Vein Campground is closed for the summer due to road repairs. 

Bismarck-Mandan area

  • Open for regular hours:

Bismarck Arts & Galleries Association, Buckstop Junction, Camp Hancock, Chief Looking’s Village, Dacotah Speedway, Dakota Zoo (opens July 1), Double Ditch Indian Village State Historic Site, Emter Family Music Theater, Executive Air Sight-Seeing Flights,  Five Nations Arts Depot, Former Governors’ Mansion, Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park interpretive facilities, Fort Lincoln Trolley, Gateway to Science Center, Hawktree Golf Club, Mandan Municipal Golf Course, ND Game and Fish Lobby Wildlife Museum and OWLS Site, North Dakota Heritage Center, North Dakota State Capitol Building, Pebble Creek Golf Course, Prairie West Golf Course, Raging Rivers Waterpark, Railroad Museum, Sertoma Park (Portions of trails and shelters 10 and 11 are closed; the rest is open.) Superslide Amusement Park, Tom O’Leary Golf Course. 

Mandan Rodeo Days and Fourth of July parade will take place as originally planned. For a detailed schedule, go to: http://mandanrodeo.com/

  • Closed:

Eagles Park, Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park Campground, Graner Park (Sugarloaf Bottoms), Lewis & Clark Riverboat (until further notice), Millennium Legacy Trail (portion between 40th Avenue and Prairie West Golf Course), Raging Fitness, Riverwood Golf Course and various parks along the river. 

Visitors can find updated information about attractions, events and lodging at the following websites:

·         Bismarck-Mandan Convention and Visitors Bureau http://www.bismarckmandancvb.com/

·         Bismarck Parks and Recreation http://www.bisparks.org/ 

Coleharbor

·         Open: Audubon National Wildlife Refuge visitor center, exhibit hall, gift shop, green building tour and one-mile hike.

·         Closed: Audobon National Wildlife Refuge eight-mile auto tour route. 

Devils Lake

·         Sully’s Hill Game Preserve: Road leading out to Sully’s Hill has been intermittently closed due to high water. A portion of the auto tour is open. Access is available to the Visitor Center parking lot and trail head, Sully’s Hill overlook loop and prairie dog town.

·         Grahams Island State Park: Reservations are not being taken, campsites and a boat dock are available.

Fort Yates

·         Until July 6, the road to Fort Yates is down to one lane.

·         Closed: Sitting Bull’s gravesite. 

Killdeer/Little Missouri State Park

·         Little Missouri State Park is open and 80 percent of the trails within the park are accessible.

·         The park is accessible from North Highway 22. The highway is damaged and currently under construction about ¾ of a mile north of the park entrance due to spring runoff. While north of the park entrance is closed, access from the south via Killdeer is not affected by the closure. For current road information, visit the state Deptartment of Transportation website at www.dot.nd.gov/travel-info/. 

Lake Sakakawea area

·         Fishermen can still access the lake from various boat ramps. Boat ramp updates are posted at http://gf.nd.gov/boating/mo-riv-system-boatramps-status.html.

·         Fort Stevenson State Park is open.

·         Lake Sakakawea State Park is open for day use and camping.

·         All resorts are open. 

·         Open with limitations:

Fish hatchery and aquarium are open to pre-scheduled groups only.

Garrison Dam Power Plant is open to pre-scheduled tours (requires a two-week notice), but walk-in tours are not available.

·         Closed: Downstream Campground 

Medora and Theodore Roosevelt National Park

·         Open:

Theodore Roosevelt National Park is open for visitors at both the North Unit (near Watford City) and the South Unit (Medora). 

The Chateau de Mores

Bully Pulpit Golf Course driving range and nine holes, including the course’s signature holes.

The Medora Musical performs nightly at 8:30 p.m. MT.

Medora Campground

Theodore Roosevelt’s cabin

Maah Daah Hey Trail is open, but hikers and bikers are advised to use caution, as sinkholes are developing and a section near Magpie Campground has collapsed.

Sully Creek State Park

Theodore Roosevelt National Park

§  Juniper Campground, North Unit.

§  Cottonwood Campground, South Unit – 41 sites open

·         Closed: Chimney Park

 Minot

·         The North Dakota State Fair will be held as scheduled from July 22–July 30. Concerts, carnival and commercial exhibits will go on as planned

·         4th of July festivities have been moved to Scandinavian Heritage Park.

·         Roosevelt Park Zoo is temporarily closed.

·         Travelers are advised to plan ahead and research route options, as some streets in the city currently are closed. Visit http://www.dot.nd.gov/ for up-to-date information and maps on road closures and detours in the area. 

Mohall

·         Mouse River Park Campground is closed.

 Washburn area

·         Open:

Cross Ranch State Park visitor center, including Sanger campground and Sanger boat ramp.

Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site near Stanton is open with some limited trails.

The Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center.

·         Closed:

Fort Mandan 

Watford City

·         Closed: Summit Trail in the Little Missouri National Grassland. 

Events canceled or postponed

·         Canceled:

Minot

§  NoDak Races, canceled until the time of the North Dakota State Fair

Washburn

§  Fort Mandan Pet Walk 

·         Postponed:

Killdeer

§  Little Missouri State Park’s 40th Anniversary Celebration, no date determined

Mandan

§  Buggies-N-Blues, rescheduled for July 30-31

§  Frontier Days at Fort Lincoln, rescheduled for Aug. 13-14

Minot

§  Tops in Blue, date to be determined

§  Taube Museum of Art (classes and rummage sale), date to be determined 

Amtrak

·         No service in North Dakota. 

Camping

If camping is part of your travel plans, the North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department is keeping tabs on affected state parks, trails and campgrounds. Visit http://www.parkrec.nd.gov/for updates.

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