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Fishing – no ice, no waiting – in North Dakota

I’ve posted before about my husband – a Minnesotan who has become one of North Dakota’s biggest promoters because of the accessible (and pretty fabulous) hunting and fishing here.  Well this guy LOVES his Missouri River.  It’s no secret that this has been the warmest winter on record in North Dakota.  Most of the state had little to no snow all season and now the daytime highs have consistently been in the 50s, 60s and even 70s from border-to-border.  So what does that have to do with my dear hubby and fishing?  As I was being informed of the boat ramps that have opened in Bismarck and Mandan he also reminded me that in some states, there’s a season opener that’s still weeks away. Here in North Dakota, our walleye/pike season never “closes” or “opens.”  And as many anglers know – that spring bite can be awesome.  HOW awesome?  Just last week a new state record lake trout was caught.

Royce Johnston of New Town reeled in the 16-pound, 6-ounce lake trout from the Garrison Dam Tailrace (on the Missouri River). The 33.5-inch fish broke the old record by more than two pounds. The previous record of 14 pounds, 4 ounces was taken from the Tailrace in 1982.

Fishing North Dakota is easy! Just visit the Game and Fish Department for licensing, waterways and boat ramps. You can also get the latest with the North Dakota Outdoors on Facebook.  Follow @OutdoorsND on Twitter for great information around the state because, not only is the fishing open, golf courses are opening too! The first we’ve heard of are Heart River in Dickinson, Pebble Creek in Bismarck and the Edgewood and Rose Creek courses in Fargo. Several others have told us that they could be opening in the coming weeks!

And if you happen to be going out tomorrow on the Missouri River – it’s expected to be 80-degrees and you can look for my hubby in a green Fisher.

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Happy Holidays!

If you’re coming home for the holidays or taking a little of your Christmas break to travel this season, our travel counselors at North Dakota Tourism will be available during office hours from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. CST.  Our office will be closed on Monday, Dec. 26 and Monday, Jan. 2.

This year you won’t find much snow in North Dakota, but our ski area remain open and there’s still LOTS to do, including hiking and biking the Maah Daah Hey Trail during these 40-degree days.  The Missouri River has open-water fishing and some smaller lakes and bays are frozen for ice fishing.  Great destinations like the North Dakota Heritage Center, the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center and the International Peace Gardens are open.  Tour through Theodore Roosevelt National Park.  See Fort Mandan and hear stories of the Corps of Discovery from the winter of 1804-1805.  Take in a hockey game and cheer for North Dakota State University as they travel to the FCS Championship!  It’s a great time to enjoy North Dakota.

Happy holidays!

 
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Posted by on December 23, 2011 in Fishing, History, Just for Fun, Winter Fun

 

Winter in North Dakota

Snowmobile trails in North Dakota were supposed to open over the weekend.  However, we have one big problem here.  No snow.  Downhill ski areas Huff Hills near Bismarck-Mandan, Bottineau Winter Park in the Turtle Mountains near Bottineau and Frost Fire Ski and Snowboard Area in the Pembina Gorge near Walhalla have all been making snow and have runs open.

While we might be a little low on snow, the balmy-temps give a new diversity in activity options for the adventurous! For instance – snowboard in the morning and wakeboard the Missouri River in the afternoon – like this group did!

Until the snow flies and the ice thickens, there’s still miles to enjoy on the Maah Daah Hey Trail.  Open-water fishing on the Missouri River is gangbusters and the Missouri River Zone remains open for Canada goose hunting through Dec. 30.

And if your kind of adventure is more that “last-minute-shopping-and-bargin-finding” variety – we’ve got that too!

 
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Posted by on December 19, 2011 in Winter Fun

 

Lights, Snow, Action!

The sparkle of the season will soon surround us as the first of winter’s snowfalls cover the ground and reflect the twinkling of holiday lights. There are great options to enjoy light tours in North Dakota. Pack up the family and a thermos of hot chocolate!  And for a truly memorable experience, consider a horse-drawn sleigh ride – available from the Dakota Carriage Company in Fargo.

 
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Posted by on December 1, 2011 in Events, Winter Fun

 

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The Frozen Four and more!

North Dakota hockey fans everywhere (and especially in my living room) are cheering for the University of North Dakota men’s hockey team’s 20th foray into the Frozen Four.  The 32-8-3 Fighting Sioux have won the MacNaughton Cup, the WCHA Championship and look to face Michigan in the first round of the Frozen Four, April 7 in St. Paul.  Can’t make the journey?  Consider watching the broadcast live in Grand Forks.  Details and plans for fans are being put together in hockey’s hometown.  Stay tuned to www.fightingsioux.com and on Twitter @TravelND for news and announcements.

The USHL Fargo Force and the NAHL Bismarck Bobcats are also post-season bound in their hockey ranks.  The Force host Des Moines this Thursday at Scheels Arena.  Tickets are available, so keep that hockey high going!

 
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Posted by on March 28, 2011 in Sports, Winter Fun

 

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Get Some March Madness in ND

You know that saying, “March comes in like a lion“?  I’m curious if there’s a connection to the roar of crowds during playoffs and tournaments?  It’s March Madness month and that certainly doesn’t leave out North Dakota.  There’s still time to catch some slam-dunk fever court-side at a Dakota Wizards game or at this weekend’s Summit League Quarterfinal round – let’s go Bison!

And with the Final Five just around the corner it’s time to cheer on #1 ranked University of North Dakota.  The Fargo Force and Bismarck Bobcats are both defending titles this season as well.

Let your roar out in North Dakota this March!

 
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Posted by on March 4, 2011 in Events, Sports, Winter Fun

 

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Like unique camping?

This weekend one member of the North Dakota Tourism staff is trying out a yurt at Cross Ranch State Park.  So you’re asking yourself – what’s a yurt?  This unique type of camping is a cross between tenting it and renting a cabin.  Two yurts are now available at Cross Ranch State Park.  Comfortably furnished, a yurt is a portable, canvas-covered, wood-lattice-framed structure traditionally used by nomads in the steppes of Central Asia.  It’s more home-like than tent and have propane heaters.  They can accommodate four to six people and reserved by calling 1-800-807-4723.

The second question you might be asking is: Camping?  In the winter?  You betcha!  Cross Ranch State Park has 10 miles of groomed trails perfect for cross-country skiing, plus more backcountry and beautiful areas for snow shoeing.  The ND State Parks offer more than 50 miles of cross-country ski trails.  Check out trail conditions online.

 
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Posted by on January 28, 2011 in Winter Fun

 

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