It’s the season of Legendary fun! Whether you’re seeking to follow the footsteps of North Dakota legends like Theodore Roosevelt or Lewis and Clark, or blaze your own trail of discovery North Dakota has so much to discover. As you’re planning, we’d like to share a variety of updates and travel resources. Unfortunately, North Dakota has also been affected by some of the severe weather impacting the U.S. Rest assured, there’s plenty to see, do and explore and our fabulous travel counselors can help answer any questions you may have during your planning and traveling.
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.
The Chateau de Mores State Historic Site will reopen for the season on June 1. Bully Pulpit Golf Course is currently closed but workers are quickly cleaning the course. All other Medora attractions are open. 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 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.
Record rainfall amounts have caused flooding along the Souris River and into Minot. The Minot Convention and Visitors Bureau is working hard to assist travelers and the Minot community. The Roosevelt Park Zoo is temporarily closed; most visitor services remain open. Please call ahead to verify your travel plans at this time.
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 updates on travel information AND fun events - be sure to “like” Travel North Dakota on facebook and @TravelND on twitter