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LAKE REGION GUIDE Visit Devils Lake, ND and the Surrounding Area

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• Devils Lake Fishing Map • Snowmobile trails, recreational areas, hunting areas and points of interest • Places to see and things to do all winter long!

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5.4 miles West on Hwy. 19; (from the junction of Hwy. 2): 2.5 miles South on 76th Ave NE and 1/2 mile East after curve. Devils Lake, ND

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TABLE OF CONTENTS Page 5 - Table of Contents Page 6 - Welcome Page 7 - Pembina Hills, Coteaus, Prairies Page 8 - Sullys Hill National Game Preserve Page 11 - Kelly’s Slough Wildlife Refuge Page 12 - Spirit Lake Casino Page 14 - Camp Grafton Page 16 - Ice Fishing Page 18 - Devils Lake Parks & History Page 19 - Lake Region Area Park Systems Page 20 - Grahams Island State Park Page 22 - Wildlife Management Areas List Page 24 - Lonetree WMA Page 25 - Wildlife Refuges Page 26 - Turtle River State Park Page 28 - Icelandic State Park Page 30 - City of Minnewaukan & Ft. Totten Page 31 - City of McVille Page 32 - City of Harvey Page 34 - City of New Rockford

Page 36 - Lake Region Area Map Page 38 - Points of Interest Page 42 - City of Carrington Page 44 - City of Lakota Page 45 - Ronald Raegan Missile State Historic Site Page 46 - City of Langdon Page 48 - Hunting Page 52 - City of Park River Page 54 - City of Walhalla Page 55 - Tetrault Woods State Forest Page 56 - Devils Lake Events Page 57 - Stump Lake Page 58 - City of Cavalier Page 59 - Rendezvous Region Scenic Backway Page 61 - City of Grafton Page 62 - City of Pembina Page 63 - Pembina Gorge Recreation Area Page 64 - Snowmobile Trail Maps

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6 8th St N, PO Box 752, New Rockford, ND 58356 Cover Photo Credits: 701-947-2417 • Fax: 701-947-2418 Grahatms Island State Park (fishing) North Dakota Tourism (biking, hunting, and sledding)

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Photo Credit: Ashley Schuster  While the Lake Region has traditionally mobile races, family outings sponsored by been considered the top waterfowl hunting the Lake Region Snowmobile Club and otharea in North Dakota, it has developed in re- er events. For information about upcoming cent years into one of the most outstanding events, go online to year-around recreation centers in the North  And of course, the big thing in the fall of Central region of the United States. the year throughout the Lake Region is the  This increased recreation interest has been outstanding waterfowl hunting. Long known brought up by the higher water level of Devils as one the finest goose hunting areas on the Lake, which rose steadily from the 1970s to continent, sportsmen from far and wide conthe 2000s. Throughout the past 5 years, the verge on the Lake Region in the fall to try their lake level has lowered because the state’s hand at taking their limits of ducks and geese. outlets located on the west end and the east Get all the details on what to expect this huntend of Devils Lake have worked off and on to ing season on page 48. make it so. The lev If you enjoy el in the main lake both hunting and is currently at 50 fishing, the Devils feet, and the shoreLake Convention line has expanded and Visitors Buto create excellent reau encourages spawning condivisitors to try a tions. “Cast and Blast.”  Fishing, both Waterfowl hunt in summer and winter, the morning and is among the best wet a pole in the in North Dakota, afternoon on one with such species as of the gorgeous northern pike, wallfall days. Get your eyes, muskies, bluelimit of both by Photo Credit: North Dakota Tourism gills, perch and white dinner. bass abounding in the waters of Devils Lake,  Sullys Hill is a wildlife watcher’s paradise. thanks to the stocking efforts of the North Da- Drive the four-mile auto tour route and stop kota Game & Fish Department in recent years. along the Overlook Loop. Then head to the  In the winter, ice fishing is a major attrac- start of the Nature Trail and hike the 1.5 miles tion, both on Devils Lake and on some of the along a wooded stream and through the forsmaller lakes in the region. Ice fishermen trav- ested hills. Be on the lookout for deer, prairie el many miles to get in on the action and are dogs and other prairie animals as you explore usually rewarded for their efforts. the preserve. More information on page 8.  A fun wintertime festival is Shiverfest, a  If you prefer to spend your time in Lake Rethree-day event held in Devils Lake. A hockey gion indoors, spend a weekend at Spirit Lake tournament, curling, ice golf, kite flying and Casino, for gaming, lodging and great food at fishing tournament are some of the various The View. Or wander around downtown and activities to be experienced at the festival, typ- take in the history tour, grab lunch at one of ically held in late February. the restaurants and do some shopping.  Snowmobiling has taken on greater em-  There’s plenty to explore in the Lake Region! phasis during the winter, with regular snowPage 6

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PEMBINA HILLS, COTEAUS & PRAIRIES  There are many ways to enjoy the Pembina Hills, which is really a gorge carved by the Pembina River. More and more people have been planning a trip through the area on their way to the Peace Garden or elsewhere. The area is a very scenic contrast to the fertile plains east, north and south bordering the hills.  An increasing number of recreational interests are found throughout the year. Sightseers enjoy the views, especially in the fall when trees are painted many different colors. Hunting is among the best in North Dakota. Wild turkeys, grouse, waterfowl, moose, deer and elk have found the Pembina Valley a haven. Some of the best moose and elk hunting in North Dakota exists right here in this virtually unexplored wilderness.  Another favorite time of the year is winter. Carved into the heavily wooded Pembina Hills is an excellent area for downhill skiing. And if downhill skiing isn’t your cup of tea, try the area’s cross-country ski trails, which are ideally suited to explore snow covered hills.

Snowmobilers find this an exciting vacation spot. State snowmobile trails give riders a scenic view few others have seen, not to mention a challenging ride.  The meandering Pembina River attracts canoeing enthusiasts to its secluded landscape. Hikers enjoy many of the pathways leading to the river and a favorite fishing spot. Horseback riders also enjoy the scenic terrain.  If country life and small town hospitality are to your liking, you’ll find it right here. Many summer and fall activities take place in the New Rockford, Carrington and Harvey areas, as well as east of Devils Lake in the Lakota, Tolna, McVille, Park River, Cavalier, Grafton, Walhalla and Langdon areas. Hunting, fishing, camping and canoeing provide plenty of fun in the summer and fall, and snowmobiling is a favorite winter activity. The festivities provide a pleasant change of pace to the every day rat race, as well as the recreational opportunities.  No wonder they call it the “Valley of the Gods.” There’s something for everyone, in the spring, summer, fall or winter!

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SULLYS HILL NATIONAL GAME PRESERVE  Located in the heart of the Spirit Lake Nation Indian Reservation, Sullys Hill National Game Preserve is home to a wide variety of wildlife including migratory birds, bison, elk and prairie dogs. The preserve consists of 1674 acres ranging from prairie to forested hills. Since the establishment of the first National Wildlife Refuge in 1903, the National Wildlife Refuge System has grown to include more than 560 refuges, 38 wetland management districts and other protected areas encompassing 150 million acres of land and water from the Caribbean to the Pacific, Maine to Alaska. There is at least one national wildlife refuge in every state.  By the time Sullys Hill was established in 1904, North American bison numbers had plummeted from tens of millions to less than 1,000. Protective laws, establishment of refuges and propagation of private herds helped save the species from extinction. Now numbering about 500,000 animals in North America, substantial work continues to rebuild herds of pure bison. Years of cross breeding with free ranging cattle diluted the genetic purity of the North American Plains Bison. Perhaps as few as 15,000 bison are considered pure bison, free of introduced cattle genes. The Sullys Hill herd is one of the

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One of the many scenic overlooks smallest herds managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for bison conservation. The Sullys Hill herd is managed at a population of less than 20 animals and is maintained for its genetic and educational value.  Open year round, the Sullys Hill wildlife drive and hiking trails allow visitors to explore the unique geology and diverse wildlife within the preserve. Over 200 species of birds have been recorded at Sullys Hill. Species most frequently detected in the woodland habitats include the red-eyed vireo, yellow warbler, common yellow throat, eastern wood peewee and ovenbird. The Refuge’s wildlife community also contains many other species, including amphibians, invertebrates, reptiles and mammals; such as fox, raccoons, skunks, weasels, mink, fisher, gray and fox squirrels, muskrats, rabbits, woodchucks and prairie dogs. Bald and golden eagles can be spotted in the area during spring and fall migrations.  Sullys Hill offers many opportunities for visitors to see and enjoy wildlife in a natural setting. Scenic overlooks offer panoramic views of Devils Lake and the city of Fort Totten. The Sullys Hill Visitor Center is open to the public during summer months and select weekends during winter months. The Visitor Center is closed Mondays and on Federal holidays. For a current schedule of activities and events visit Sullys Hill National Game Preserve on Facebook or the web. You may also call the Visitor Center at 701-766-4272 for a current recording of hours and scheduled events. Enjoy your National Wildlife Refuge System; visit a refuge near you today. Fall/Winter 2017-2018

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Bison roam freely with in boundaries of Sullys Hill National Game Preserve


Next to the moose, the elk is the largest member of the deer family in North America. It, too, was slaughtered, often solely for its two canine teeth which once sold as charms for $25 a pair. By 1900, elk had become extinct over much of their former range, including North Dakota. Modern game management has rebuilt the elk population. About 18 elk are present at Sullys Hill to remind us that they were once native to this area.


By 1900, the once abundant white-tailed deer was threatened with extinction in North Dakota. Careful regulation of hunting seasons and the deer’s natural wariness has allowed its population to rebuild. The preserve’s herd of about 30 head is wild and must be censused from the air in winter months.


A colony of black-tailed prairie dogs was in

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troduced in 1975. Originally, “dog towns” in North Dakota were found only west of the Missouri River. Since their holes were hazardous to livestock and they competed for range vegetation, ranchers eliminated a majority of the colonies. These prairie dogs represent a living remnant of natural history.


The preserve’s wildlife community contains many other species, including mammals such as fox, raccoons, skunks, weasels, mink, gray and fox squirrels, muskrats, rabbits, and woodchucks. Many species of songbirds and shorebirds may be observed. Bald and golden eagles are occasionally seen hunting the area during the spring and fall migrations.


Open all year. A mile-long, self-guided nature trail for hikers begins and ends at the picnic area. Interpretive signs are provided at points of interest along this trail.

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A display flock of waterfowl is located at Sweetwater Lake. This flock includes tundra swans, Canada geese and several species of wild ducks. Many waterfowl species native to this region inhabit the area. The giant Canada geese nest on the islands provided in the lake. Each year some of the offspring join the fall migration south. Some of these are thought to return to this area to nest the following spring. The mixed flock of native waterfowl provides an excellent opportunity to learn and practice waterfowl identification. Interpretive information and observation areas are located along the lakeshore.

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Birders will find many different species


Open all year. Many species not normally seen in the open areas of the state may be found in the preserve’s wooded areas. You may obtain a checklist of birds found in the preserve at the office containing 184 species of birds that have been recorded on the Preserve.


Open all year. Excellent opportunities are available to photograph buffalo, elk, deer, waterfowl and other species of wildlife without interference from fences or cage bars. Photo Credit: Ashley Schuster Page 10

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In 1936, President Franklin D. Roosevelt established Kellys Slough NWR “as a refuge and breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife.”  Since the 1960s, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has been purchasing lands around the original refuge with Federal Duck Stamp money and developing these into waterfowl production areas (WPA). In 1991, the Service, with the help of Ducks Unlimited, began constructing several dikes and water control structures with funding from two North American Waterfowl Management Plan grants. Recent and future land purchases are aimed at acquiring land needed to develop more managed pools on the Refuge.  Kellys Slough National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) was established to develop and manage a system of wetlands and grasslands that is unique to the Red River Valley. The refuge supports a diversity of wetland and grassland wildlife, while providing for wildlife-dependent recreation, interpretation, and education. Kellys Slough NWR is located in the heart of the Red River Valley. The refuge contains an intermittent stream that flows into the Turtle River, a tributary of the Red River.

Kellys Slough NWR is considered an excellent area to view migratory and breeding waterbirds. Twelve species of ducks have been found nesting on the refuge. Giant Canada geese and a variety of shorebirds are also common on Kellys Slough NWR and surrounding lands. A 3-year study initiated in 2000 documented an average annual population of almost 36,000 shorebirds representing 22 species. The refuge staff manage eight wetland management pools, comprising 936 acres on the refuge and adjacent WPAs. The remaining uplands are predominately grasslands.  Kellys Slough NWR covers portions of Blooming, Lakeville and Rye townships of Grand Forks County. The main parking area

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is 8 miles west and 3 miles north of Grand Forks, North Dakota. Signs on U.S. Highway 2 direct visitors to the refuge, where there is a parking area, an elevated viewing platform, several informational signs, and two walking trails.  For more information, call 701-662-8611, e-mail or visit their website at Refuge headquarters are located at 221 2nd St. West, Devils Lake, ND.

CITY CENTER MOTEL 518 Fifth Street NE • Devils Lake, ND 58301 Delores & Duane Wilcox, Mgrs.

701-662-4918 • 800-443-2970 Auto Plug-ins Available • Central Heat • Queen Beds Cable TV • Fax • Air Conditioned • Free Ice Walking Distance to Restaurant • Excellent Fishing & Hunting

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YOU’RE SO CLOSE TO WINNING!  Spirit Lake Casino & Resort is known within the state as one of the best entertainment venues to take in a show. Known for its Las Vegas style showroom atmosphere, the venue has seen the likes of many top name entertainers, such as Loretta Lynn, Oak Ridge Boys, Lily Tomlin, The Smothers Brothers, and Dolly Parton. The beautiful showroom has been renovated and seats 1,000, providing an up close and personal experience with the entertainer.  In addition to the showroom, Spirit Lake Casino & Resort is truly a resort destination with a full service marina next door, offering the best boat access on the lake with hot deli items, live bait, indoor fish cleaning facility, free lake maps, guide service and grocery store open 7 am to 11 pm daily. Fully furnished log cabins are available year round . The RV Park has RV campsites with electricity, water, sewer, and garbage pick-

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up. RV guests enjoy use of hotel amenities, including a four-story atrium pool area and separate children’s pool, whirlpool, steam room and game room. Also an RV bathhouse and laundry house for RV guests is available 8am-10pm. If you want to get away but still have all the great amenities of a resort, Spirit Lake Casino is just the place.  But if you prefer to relax in the comfort of our hotel we offer our spacious standard or

poolside rooms, many offering scenic views of Devils Lake! Our hotel now offers FREE highspeed DSL wireless internet for your convenience. While you relax in comfort you can pamper yourself with the luxury of your own private whirlpool or enjoy the view of scenic Devils Lake from your balcony. Each suite features a full range of wonderful amenities.  The casino offers the widest variety in the state with the latest games and technologies, making the gaming experience a notch above the rest. With over 730 slot machines all 100% ticket in/ticket out, this allows guests to move freely and conveniently between machines and no more waiting in long Fall/Winter 2017-2018

lines to cash in coin.  We’ve even got a high stakes room if you’re feeling really lucky, or try your hand at one of our Table Games, blackjack, poker or craps.  Players Club members can now enjoy personal banker, the latest in technology that lets you play credits and reap cash rewards all without leaving your machine!  Check out the VIEW Restaurant. It has the perfect combination of atmosphere, breathtaking view and delicious food.  The View is ideal for your intimate dinner, over-looking our marina and Devils Lake or to impress your party with your next special event. We have private meeting rooms available to rent for your lunch or dinner meetings. We can also help you host a successful company dinner or meeting. The Cedar Room and the Red Willow Room can accommodate groups of up to 200. You may combine the two for a larger room if need be. Call today for reservations and arrangements.  Whatever your recreation, you can find it all on the shores of Devils Lake right here at the Spirit Lake Casino & Resort! Online at

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CAMP GRAFTON  Just south of Devils Lake on Highway 57 is Camp Grafton, home of the North Dakota Army National Guard. This is a modern, year around combat engineer training facility. Called the “engineer school of the north,” this facility, other than Ft. Leonard Wood active component school, is the finest training facility in the Army.  Camp Grafton also includes “down range” or Camp Grafton South, a large maneuver located 25 miles southeast of Devils Lake, in the eastern end of Eddy County. This location has the most modern weapons range in the Army. This precludes sending any people out of state to stay qualified in their weapons. This is also an excellent hunting area, and permission to hunt on it can be obtained from Camp headquarters.  Camp Grafton specializes in winter training for up to battalion-size units. There is an 800 person troop facility in the center of camp, designed for winter training. These engineer units can perform a mission in any type of weather, especially in a bitter cold environment.  The other exciting feature about Camp Grafton is its historical value. Tours are pro-

vided at the museum, the Edwards House and the entire camp — a modern army post yet full of history.  The state’s large engineer force trains at Camp Grafton throughout the year. This usually involves a two week requirement of annual training. There is also a full engineer training school in place to train reservists from all over the United States.  Camp Grafton is a well-kept training facility and is an integral part of the Lake Region economy, providing millions of dollars to the area each year. Make it a place to visit. For tours, call 701-662-0200.

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ICE IS NICE, AND SO IS THE FISHING ON DEVILS LAKE  The lake and town with the same name, Devils Lake, North Dakota, seem to have been made with one purpose in mind – fishing. With seasons open 12 months of the year, the open water transition to ice seems to be just a shrug of the shoulders. Anglers park their boats, hook-up ice houses and continue fishing. The community has numerous modern lodging units with their own heated fish-cleaning facilities, several bait shops, a host of fishing guides (many with full-service accommodations, meals, ice travel, ice shelters and gear), a Casino and many great eateries catering to anglers.  The town of about 7,200 people is less than one percent of the state’s total population. Yet, an amazing 25 percent of the non-resident 3-day and 10-day fishing licenses are sold in Devils Lake. Estimates are that fishing guides escort more than 15,000 clients on the lake’s 200,000-plus acres during the open water season and the same number during the much shorter three to four month ice season.  Interesting statistics from creel surveys show 18 percent of winter anglers primarily seek walleyes, 28 percent said “perch,” while 27 percent said “walleyes and perch.” A quarter of survey respondents said, “Anything.” Adding all the answers together that Page 16

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mention walleyes, 70 percent of anglers would just as soon catch walleyes.  Devils Lake walleye populations are rated one of the best in the Midwest, and this past summer netting surveys proved that, “All size groups had a bump in catch rates,” according to area biologist Todd Caspers. The total number of walleyes caught per net this year was 24, compared to 18 last season, a 33 percent increase. He continued, “The above average catch of big fish indicates these year-classes are doing pretty good.”

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Thousands of out-of-state fishermen flock to Devils Lake to chase fish under the ice. Many professional anglers prefer this special North Dakota lake. When Dave Genz speaks ice fishing — people listen. In fact, the entire ice fishing fraternity of anglers, plus tackle, auger, electronics and shelter manufactur Fall/Winter 2017-2018

ers take notice. From his first visit to Devils Lake in the 1970’s, Genz said, “I go there and so do thousands of visitors to catch the biggest perch of their lives. And, the walleye fishery is amazing.”  Genz is widely respected as the Godfather of ice fishing. He may be the single person most responsible for dragging ice fishing from the “stone age” to the “modern, technological age.” Much of the early lessons occurred on Devils Lake. He has visited Devils Lake each of the last 30-plus years due to the quality of the perch. Many of the everyday ice fishing tactics and gear most anglers use today were developed by Genz during those trips to central North Dakota.  “I remember when there was no limit on perch. People loaded coolers. Today, with 20 daily and 40 in possession, and with the tremendous size, anglers can still take home what I think are extra-tasty perch fillets,” he said.  Genz is the Godfather of ice fishing, and Brian “Bro” Brosdahl is the Heavyweight Champion. Bro contacts an average of 20,000 people directly each winter (seminars, appearances, in stores, on the ice, etc.), and loves fishing Devils Lake. “We film TV show segments and shoot photos for ads on Devils Lake because something is always biting,” he said. “This is one place I know where a number of species of true trophies can be caught in a day – monster perch, walleyes no matter where you go, big pike and white bass.”  Bro lives in northern Minnesota surrounded by several fabled perch lakes. “Anywhere in the Midwest, it’s rare to find a 2-pound perch. The panfisherman in me is attracted to perch, and every year at Devils Lake, the bar is raised,” Bro said. On a calibrated scale, his largest perch weighed 2.62 pounds during a filming sessioqn. “I keep going back because my quest is a 17-inch Devils Lake

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perch that will tip the scales at 2.75 pounds. I know that fish is swimming there,” he said.  Fishing wherever water freezes has taken Bro to lakes in dozens of states and provinces. He said, “The friendly atmosphere in this small town exists because most people are sportsmen. Everybody wants you to catch fish and they go out of their way to make it happen.” He feels it is one place where folks who have never fished before can be successful.  Devils Lake allows four ice lines per person. Those fishing pike with tip-ups will be rewarded. Pike populations are peaking with many in the 28 to 34 inch class, and the chances of a true 15-pound porker (or bigger) are realistic. The pike limit is five per day with 10 in possession. They provide some of the best tasting fillets in the fishy world.  Visitors often hire guides for the first day or the entire trip. The package “deals” are super attractive. But, the DYI anglers are in for a treat with many places to fish. Tactics don’t change on Devils Lake compared to “home” waters. Perch, walleyes, white bass and northern pike are the four game fish swimming in the lake, along with a few crappies in recent years. Devils Lake has space for all and everybody smiles and says, “Hi,” or more likely, “Howdy,” when they meet visitors.  The website features upto-date reports with emphasis on the current fishing activity and ice conditions. Also, the site contains a new pike de-boning video, plus contact info for fishing guides, resorts, lodging and restaurants. In addition, learn about ramps, fish-cleaning stations, ice tournaments and community events. A helpful map serves as a great reference tool. For personal assistance, call 701-662-4903, and talk to a friendly and knowledgeable North Dakotan who was probably on Devils Lake yesterday. Lake Region Guide

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DEVILS LAKE PARKS AND HISTORY  The history of the region is largely a history of the lake. The Sioux called the lake “Mini-Wakon” thought to mean “Spirit” or “Holy Water.” Influenced perhaps by Indian legends of drowned warriors and massive waves, early explorers translated the phrase as “Bad Spirit.” The name later became Devils Lake.  The first known white settler was Captain Duncan Graham, who arrived shortly after the War of 1812. The Scot trader and trapper, for whom Grahams Island State Park was named, married Hazah, twin sister to Sioux Chief Way-A-Given Agee.  In 1839, the U.S. Government sent Joseph Nicollet and John Charles Fremont, “The Pathfinder,” to make topographical maps of the area. Fremont wrote in his journal, “Enchanted Waters is a beautiful sheet of water, the shores being broken into pleasing irregularity by promontories and little islands.”  Fort Totten, on the lake’s south shore, was established in 1867 to patrol the International Boundary, control liquor traffic, and protect settlers and residents of the Fort Totten Sioux Reservation. Today, Fort Totten State Historic Site is open to visitors interested in learning more about this period of history. Considered one of the best preserved military forts in the trans-Mississippi west, 16 original structures used by the military from 1868-1890 remain.  Immigrants, primarily of Irish and Scot descent, settled the region. The lake supported commercial fishing with pickerel caught by pitchfork and “stacked like cordwood in wagons and shipped east.” Grahams Island, a triangular piece of land that becomes an island during high water, was permanently settled by the 1880s. Chief sources of island income were from wood and cattle. Other communities sprang up around the lake. In 1882, the city of Devils Lake was founded by H.M. Creel and named Creelburgh.  The lake served as a means of transportation for settlers. In 1833 a Mississippi River steamboat operator, Edward Heerman, launched a small side-wheel steamer, the Minne H, on Devils Lake. Heerman’s boat provided transportation between the north and Page 18

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south shores for several decades. From 1883-1886, Irvine Church operated a flat-bottomed ferry across Mauvais Coulee. The town of Church Ferry takes its name from this short lived business venture. Another small ferry operated across Rock Lake around the turn of the century.  North Dakota water resources comprise an irreplaceable and valuable component in the state’s agricultural economy. To address this issue, a dam was constructed on the Missouri River near Garrison in 1957, and in 1965 Congress authorized the Garrison Diversion Project. The project included plans to divert water to eastern North Dakota. Several prime recreational areas associated with construction of a canal route were identified, including those on Devils Lake. The Garrison Diversion Conservancy District, working with the Bureau of Reclamation and the Tri-County Park Board, established two county parks. In 1988, the North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department assumed management of a system of four state parks and recreation areas on Devils Lake. Rising lake levels necessitated the closure of the Narrows State Recreation Area in 1995 and Shelvers Grove in 2004.  Devils Lake is located in the heartland’s prairie pothole region. As the glaciers retreated some 10,000 years ago, they left thousands of small depressions, sometimes called potholes, “kettles” or sloughs, that collect water. These wetlands stretch from north central Iowa diagonally across North Dakota to the Canadian province of Alberta, and are prime waterfowl habitat, providing viewing areas for snow and blue geese, ducks and grebes. Woodland birds unique to North Dakota settings are abundant, such as warblers, flycatchers, Baltimore orioles and woodpeckers. Other bird species worth looking for are the common goldeneye, rednecked grebe, Forster’s tern and northern waterthrush.  Although, mixed grass prairie is the predominant natural vegetation of this region, the woodlands associated with Devils Lake make up a large portion of Grahams Island’s Fall/Winter 2017-2018

natural vegetation. The densely wooded parklands at Grahams Island and Black Tiger Bay support bur oak, northern hackberry, green ash, American elm and boxelder. North Dakota’s state flower, the prairie rose,

blooms in abundance at Grahams Island. Some of the wildlife found in the parks include red fox, raccoon, squirrels, white-tailed deer, coyote and beaver, as well as wild turkeys. Moose have also been spotted.

LAKE REGION AREA PARK SYSTEMS or online at Details on Provide a wealth of recreational opportuni- next page. ties for fishing, boating and camping. Called TURTLE RIVER STATE PARK “Enchanted Waters” by the Fremont Expedi- Located 22 miles west of Grand Forks on tion of the 1830s, Devils Lake is one of North Hwy. 2. Situated on the meandering Turtle Dakota’s most scenic regions. The sprawling River, this 784 acre park is located in a beaulake with its hidden bays is the largest nat- tiful wooded valley. The park was constructural body of water in the state. Anglers will ed in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation find walleye, northern pike, perch and white Corps and offers year-round recreational bass. The surrounding hills, heavily wooded activities. Rustic picnic shelters, shaded by with oak, ash, elm and aspen, are populat- large deciduous trees, provide the setting ed with deer, wild turkey and small game. for relaxing afternoon picnics. The 1,187-acre park system, which is the key Amenities include the following: modern recreational development of the Garrison and primitive camping, comfort station, Diversion Project, includes a recreation area sewage dump station, ampitheatre, horse on the lake—Grahams Island State Park, and rentals, playground, group cabins, a kitchen boat access areas. and dining hall, and camp stove. Enjoy hiking, and biking trails, and a paved nature trail. For more information, see page 26 or call 701-594-4445.



Located 5 miles west of Cavalier on Hwy. 5, Icelandic State Park offers the visitor a wide array of recreational and interpretive opportunities. On the north shore of Lake Renwick, the park offers 912 acres for boating, swimming and northern pike fishing. Lakefront picnic areas enable the visitor to enjoy a relaxing afternoon in the shade of old oak trees. Plan a weekend of family camping Within the park are the Pioneer Heritage Center and restored GRAHAMS ISLAND STATE PARK historic buildings, which provide a glimpse of Named after the first known white settler in North Dakota’s homesteading heritage. Also the area, Captain Duncan Graham, this state found here is the Gunlogson Homestead park is a recreation area in the Devils Lake and Nature Preserve. This early homestead area sprawling 1,122 Acres. The park ofpreserves the state’s pioneer spirit, while fers full-service hookups, modern and tent the 200-acre natural wooded area along the camping facilities picnicking and playground Tongue River is a sanctuary for plants, birds equipment. It also offers a landing for boating activities, a fish cleaning station and the and wildlife. The Wildwood Trail, a National new visitor’s center. Hiking trails and cross- Recreation Trail, winds through the preserve country ski trails make wildlife viewing and and provides an enjoyable educational tour. birding enjoyable year round. For special oc- Amenties include modern and primitive casions, consider renting the Sivert Thomp- camping, comfort station, campsite reserson Activity Center with its kitchenette, fire- vation, sewage dump station, swim beach, place and ample room for get-to-gethers. boat ramp, hiking trails, playground, amphiLocated 10 miles west of Devils Lake. For theatre. campsite reservations call 1-800-807-4723 For more information, go to page 28 or call 701-265-4561.

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GRAHAMS ISLAND STATE PARK  Devils Lake, North Dakota's largest natural lake, is home to Grahams Island State Park –an 1,122 acre park on the lakes's west side.  The lake is a closed drainage basin, marked by periods of fluctuating water levels. Over the past decade the lake has risen over 25 feet. Grahams Island State Park is connected by road over an elevated embankment, and travelers should exercise caution during high winds.  The lake features some of the best fishing in North Dakota, both summer and winter. Amenities at Grahams Island State Park include a boat ramp, bait shop, modern and primitive camping facilities and camping cabins.  Grahams Island State Park has two trails for hiking or walking. One is a 1.6 mile loop that can be accessed by the Sivert Thompson activity center. The other is a 0.5 mile loop located on the north end of the west campground.  Trails meander through ash/oak woodlands which provide an opportunity to bird watch, photograph waterfowl and wildlife, and view 130 different plant species that are native to Grahams Island. The trails also pro-

vide a view of the Devils Lake along the south shore of Grahams Island.  There are approximately 3 miles of CrossCountry Ski Trails. These trails are maintained for winter activity. The snow conditions determine availability of trails. Trails are groomed weekly in the winter and are ready to ski.  Located sixteen miles southwest of the city of Devils Lake - 152 S. Duncan Road, Devils Lake ND 58301. For more information contact the park, 701-766-4015, or email: dlsp@

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of Hensel. Ruffed grouse, nature study area. 86 acres; 1 mile northeast of Sheyenne. Fishing, Jay V. Wessels WMA waterfowl. 3,383 acres; 7 miles south and 3 miles east Warwick Springs WMA of Walhalla. Deer, ruffed grouse, snowshoe 17 acres; 3 miles south of Warwick. Nature hare, moose, tree squirrels, elk. sturdy area, closed to hunting.


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105 acres; 1/2 mile south of Balta. Fishing, of Junction N.D. 3 and U.S. 52. Waterfowl, waterfowl, upland game, deer. deer, Huns.

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855 acres; 5 miles west of Esmond. Water- 30 acres; 3 miles south and 2 1/2 miles east of Junction N.D. 3 and U.S. 52. Waterfowl, fowl, fishing (part closed hunting).


Crary WMA 315 acres; 7 miles east, 3 miles south and 1 mile east of Devils Lake. Waterfowl, Huns, deer. Kenner Marsh WMA 640 acres; 2 miles east of Penn. Waterfowl, Huns, deer. Pelican Township WMA 60 acres; 10 miles west, 2 miles north, 2 miles west and 1 mile south of Devils Lake. Waterfowl, deer.

deer, Huns. Harvey Dam WMA 425 acres; 1/2 mile southwest of Harvey, Fishing, waterfowl. Heimdal WMA 40 acres; 2-1/2 miles north and 1 mile east of Manfred. Waterfowl, deer, Huns. Karl T. Frederick WMA 400 acres; 2 miles west, 7 miles south and 1/2 mile west of Hurdsfield. Waterfowl, deer, sharptails, Huns, pheasants. Lonetree WMA 7,240 acres; (see Sheridan County).


Golden Lake WMA 579 acres; 10 miles east and 3 miles north of Finley. Fishing, waterfowl. Otto Spies WMA 870 acres; 6 miles east and 1 mile south of Hope. Waterfowl, deer, Huns, pheasants; duck boat access.


Chase Lake WMA 2,720 acres; 7 miles south, 3 miles west, 2 miles north, 4-1/2 miles west and 3 miles south of Woodworth. Waterfowl, sharptails, deer. Spiritwood Lake Field Station WMA 27 acres; 15 miles northeast of Jamestown. Fishing. Closed to hunting. Wimbledon WMA - 2 acres; 1 mile north of Wimbledon. Deer, waterfowl.

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Manfred WMA 30 acres; 2-1/2 miles north and 2 miles west of Manfred. Waterfowl, deer, Huns. tykeston Dam 54 acres; 1 mile north of Sykeston. Fishing, waterfowl. Tree Belt WMA 124 acres; about 4 miles southeast of Harvey along U.S. 52.t Waterfowl, deer, Huns. WELLS COUNTY Wells County WMA 637 acres; 7 miles north of Hurdsfield. Deer, Egg Lake WMA 11 acres; 2 miles south and 3 miles east Huns, sharptail, pheasants. Visit us at our new location

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LONETREE WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA  The Lonetree WMA represents a unique wildlife management and recreation opportunity for the people of North Dakota and its visitors. Lonetree WMA is located five miles southwest of Harvey in both Sheridan and Wells counties. Management on Lonetree today has two main goals. The first is to develop the site as a wildlife habitat, and the second is to make it accessible for the widest range of public use.  Lonetree WMA has nearly 33,000 acres of land in which to lose oneself. There have been over 375 different species of birds which make their home in the LWMA, and visitors are encouraged to make the fullest possible use of this area and the sites they have to offer. LWMA offers primitive campsites, parking lots, hiking trails, and observation blinds for public use. Take the 31mile Self-Guided Auto Tour, which takes about two hours to visit 10 sites. On this tour one may view the natural beauty of wildlife and vegetation, the Winter House, the Native Prairie and much, much more. Lonetree has been restored

to native grasses, wildflowers and to dense nesting cover for upland nesting birds such as ducks and geese. With native grasses resistant to drought and erosion, the dense nesting cover here, mostly clover, grass and alfalfa-hide nests and newly hatched broods from foxes and flying predators like hawks.  Birdwatching - All birdwatchers and enthusiasts will have the opportunity to see several hundreds of species of birds which make a home here in North Dakota. There are over 3,000 acres of land that have been developed by the North Dakota Game and Fish Department to help preserve several endangered species. For more information please call (701) 324-2211.  Lonetree WMA is part of the North Country Trail (Hiking or Nature Trail), which is one of the longest continuous hiking trails throughout the United States consisting of 4,195 miles that links seven U.S. states. This trail threads its way across our landscape linking one to the scenic, natural, recreational, historic and cultural areas of our state. Come experience the true meaning of North Dakota. It is a true hiking experience for everyone, from the beginners to the advanced.  For more information on LWMA please contact the ND Game & Fish Department at 701324-2211, Monday through Friday.

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TURTLE RIVER STATE PARK 窶イonstructed in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps, the park is located in a beautiful wooded valley along the meandering Turtle River. The park features year-round recreational activities, including camping, picnicking, hiking, mountain biking, cross-country skiing and sledding. Anglers can also practice their fly fishing techniques in the trout-stocked river. Woodland Lodge, with its kitchen and dining hall, is popular for family reunions. Sleeping cabin with bathrooms and bunk beds (no cooking inside) can also be rented by groups or individuals during the summer. The park features 10 miles of trails carved through its forested hills and along the river. Specific trails have

been established for nature walks and hiking, while mountain bikers will find challenging single tract trails. In the winter, outdoor enthusiasts flock to the park for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and sledding. 窶サhe Turtle River is stocked with rainbow trout, and youngsters can borrow fishing gear at the park office. 窶サhe visitor center at the park hosts Conservation Corp Interpretive Exhibits and Displays. The center also has a small gift shop and public restrooms. 窶ウstablished in 1934, Turtle River State Park was one of a number of new parks built in North Dakota under President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's "New Deal" programs.

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Icelandic State Park, five miles west of Cavalier on N.D. Highway 5, has two cross-country ski trail loops.  Altogether they total about six miles. One loop is about 1.5 miles long. The other 4.5-mile loop is the more difficult of the two. The trails are machine-packed, double-track groomed. Both loops start at the chalet, which is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.  The chalet has restrooms, tables and chairs and fireplace and is located at the base of an awesome sledding hill, which is a real treat in the Red River Valley. The sledding hill receives more use than the cross-country trails and can easily have 50 to 75 people using it on any given weekend or holiday.  Both cross-country ski trails cover wooded terrain with some open areas. The wooded areas generally hold snow and are out of the wind, providing skiing opportunities in more inclement weather. They also provide good wildlife viewing opportunities.  Most of the trails go through the woods Page 28

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with hills offering moderate degrees of difficulty. All trails could be covered by a novice skier, with a couple of short, good-sized hill exceptions. All trails could be easily accessed by a moderate level skier. The open areas can lose their snow more readily.  Wildlife includes white-tailed deer, wintering birds – including nuthatches, blackcapped chickadees, hairy woodpeckers and downy woodpeckers, fox squirrels and red squirrels. Be on the lookout for an occasional wild turkey, fox, coyote or moose. Bald eagles are sometimes seen riding the thermal currents over the river almost any time of year.  The park’s cross-country ski trails are groomed every Friday in preparation for the weekend, snow conditions permitting. For more information contact the park, 265-4561, or e-mail isp@  Trail conditions are also posted on the N.D. Parks and Recreation Web site, (www. Click on the snow conditions for snowmobile and cross-country ski trails. The ski trail report is at the end of the snowmobile report. Fall/Winter 2017-2018

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MINNEWAUKAN  Minnewaukan is the western headquarters for the entrance to Devils Lake and the Lake Region area. Access to fishing on the lake has been improving with additional boat launching facilities. With fish cleaning, camping, bait, groceries, gas and any supplies you need, this is the place to stop.  Minnewaukan is located on Highway 281 just 15 miles south of Highway 2. The Flats, and Pelican Lake area of water close to Minnewaukan, is known for exceptionally large walleyes. North of Minnewaukan, along Hwy. 19, is great shore fishing especially for Northern Pike and Walleye. Limits of Northerns and Walleye are great in early spring and summer.  The area has outstanding goose and duck hunting with easy access to hunting areas. Fall fishing is also tremendous,t and the Minnewaukan Flats area has produced some of the best and biggest walleye caught in the Midwest.  Be sure to check out Minnewaukan for your year-around travels and try JJ’s Bait Shop for guiding and fishing information. For more information call 70l-473-5440.


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FORT TOTTEN  Known as one of the best preserved military forts in the Trans-Mississippi west, visitors to Fort Totten State Historic Site experience sixteen original buildings of this frontier era post that have survived the rigors of time and temperature. As objects of an outdoor museum, these buildings boldly preserve a glimpse into the reality of an 1868 outpost in Dakota Territory.  The Fort served as a military post from 1867- 1890, an Indian industrial school from 1891-1935, a tuberculosis preventorium from 1935-1939, and a community school from 1940-1959. Each of these time periods adds a unique aspect to the site.


Military units under the command of General Alfred A. Terry began construction of Fort Totten on July 19,1867.  Soldiers stationed at the isolated post had a less-than-glamorous existence. Routine patrols, daily drill and housekeeping and few diversions contributed to boredom, a high rate of alcoholism and frequent desertions. When the opportunity for military action came, it had tragic consequences. Units of the 7th Cavalry from Fort Totten were among those called to serve in the 1876 Sioux Campaign that led to the demise of Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer and his units at the Little Big Horn River. Such campaigns, however, were the exception, not the rule.  Established by men of the 31st U.S. Infantry, Fort Totten was home to various other military units including the 22nd, 20th, 17th and 5th infantries. Units of the 7th Cavalry served at the fort from 1873 to 1987.  Fort Totten was decommissioned in 1890. The remaining military units were transferred to Fort Abraham Lincoln and on Jan. 5, 1891, the post became the property of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Fall/Winter 2017-2018


Educational efforts among the Wahpeton, Sisseton and Cuthead bands of Sioux on the Fort Totten Reservation began in 1874 when the first school was established by Gray Nuns of Montreal, Canada.  In 1891, the Bureau of Indian Affairs opened a boarding school at the Fort Totten post and for the following 45 years, students from reservations throughout the Northern Plains were provided a literary and practical education.


The fourth era in Fort Totten’s history saw the site used as a grade and high school for the surrounding community.  With staff provided by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the school emphasized manual and academic training. Its athletic teams were highly Photo Credit: Sarah Smith Warren respected in the Devils Lake region and many of the students became civic leaders.  The school closed in 1959 after a new facility was constructed immediately east of the fort. That school was replaced in 1983 by the Four Winds School located about one mile west of  McVille is located on Highway 15, 50 miles southeast of Devils Lake and 60 miles west of the historic site. Grand Forks, in Nelson County. With a popSITE HOURS  Fort Totten State Historic Site will be open ulation of 500, the city has much to offer its this season from May 23 through September residents or passers-by. 5. The site is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. each  The McVille Dam and Recreation Area loday (subject to road conditions). The visitor cated on the east edge of town is a good center located at the site, as well as the Pio- spot for ice fishing. Come and try your luck neer Daughters Museum, will be open from 9 for walleye, northern, trout, large mouth bass, perch and blue gill. You are welcome to a.m.-5 p.m. A fee is charged.  Also on site is the Totten Trail Historic Inn, camp at this location and enjoy the facilities offering bed and breakfast accommoda- for a donation or a minimum of $10.00 per tions furnished in period style (1870-1910). night which can be paid at the D&M Service Rooms are available with king, queen, full, station along Highway 15. There are barbeand twin size beds in heated or air condi- que pits, a paved bike path, new water & tioned rooms. Totten Trail Historic Inn is electrical hookups, playground equipment, open year-round. Reservations can be made and boat and fishing docks. by calling 701-766-4874 or by logging onto  If snowmobiling is your interest, McVille is the Inn’s web page at www. tottentrailinn. connected to the Southeast Lake Region Trail System. Its groomed trails take you along the com.  For more information about the site, scenic Sheyenne River Valley south of McVille. Maps can be picked up at Cenex, or the city please call 701-766-4441. office. While in our community stop in to a number of businesses. McVille has a grocery store, drug store, gas station, car wash, hardware store, bars and beauty salons to name a few. If you need quick supplies for your fishing and camping needs remember to shop at our wonderfully-stocked Super Valu or McVille Hardware for your sporting goods.  McVille has a complete health care system that includes a clinic and an acute-care hospital to serve you in case of emergency. Our community and area are proud to be able to support this.


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CITY OF HARVEY A GREAT PLACE ON THE GREAT PLAINS  Harvey and the surrounding area would like to invite you to stop to shop and stay to play! Harvey is recognized as a hunting paradise by both the local hunters and the outof- state hunters, since Harvey is located in the central flyway.  Harvey is a prime area for waterfowl, upland game, predator and deer hunting. Harvey has other things to offer besides hunting; we offer several unique shopping boutiques for the women to come and enjoy. Come and experience what Harvey has to offer such as the change of leaves in fall, the mecca of wildlife as they migrate south for the winter, or check out the different sizes of mounted animals that will be displayed on Trophy Night. Whatever your interest, Harvey is a great place to spend some time. If you would like more information on the Harvey area or the upcoming events, please visit our website at or give the CVB a call at 701-324-2604.


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CITY OF NEW ROCKFORD DAKOTA PRAIRIE REGIONAL CENTER FOR THE ARTS  For big-city culture with small town charm, there’s no place like New Rockford. Located just 40 miles southwest of Devils Lake, this small cultural hub is home to the Dakota Prairie Regional Center for the Arts.  The DPRCA began as a volunteer-led community summer theatre in the 1990s and has since become a well-rounded arts entertainment and education center spanning four historic buildings in New Rockford’s downtown.  Three of the buildings are adjacent structures in the former Nivens block on Central Avenue, and include a black box theater and dance studio. While you’re in town, make sure to swing by the Latte Lobby for a hot beverage or nutritious Smart Fruit smoothie. You could also take a look at their full menu and choose from a variety of salads, wraps, sandwiches, soups, or flatbreads. Hours of operation are 7:30 am – 5:30 pm Monday through Friday. To place an order, call (701) 947-5679.

ed on Central Avenue.  In Christmas My Way, four singers serve up cool versions of Sinatra mainstays like “Fly Me to the Moon,” “New York, New York,” and “I’ve Got You Under My Skin.” They also make a little hey-hey with groovy versions of such Sinatra Christmas hits as “Mistletoe and Holly,” “Winter Wonderland,” and “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.” So grab your dame, jingle your bells, pour a good stiff eggnog, and have yourself a merry little Christmas NOW, baby!

Broadway Unbound is a delightful revue of some of the best and brightest musical moments from throughout Broadway’s illustrious history.  Don’t Hug Me, We’re Married is the fifth in the smash hit Don't Hug Me series of musical comedies by Phil and Paul Olson. It takes place in a small north woods bar in Bunyan Bay, Minnesota and follows the shenanigans of a group of colorful characters as they navigate the various (and often hilarious) pitfalls of a “tired marriage.”  For a full season lineup and to make reservations, visit, Facebook: Dakota Prairie Regional Center for the Arts, or call (701) 947-2174.

The DPRCA wraps up its 2017 season with the swingin’ holiday musical revue Christmas My Way, showing Friday through Sunday, November 17 through December 17 (with special holiday showings on the Saturday and Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend)! Their 2018 season will kick off in February (9-18) with Broadway Unbound. Weekends in April (6-29) will be full of laughter as the DPRCA presents the hit musical comedy Don’t Hug Me, We’re Married. All performances will be held at the historic Old Church Theatre locatPage 34

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POINTS OF INTEREST a typical country store, rare complete dental office, typical one-room school, an agricultural display and laundry equipment. Hours: Wed.-Sun. 1-4 p.m. Open May 28-Labor Day.


The asphalt bike path originates at Hwy. 20 and the Lakewood turnoff and goes west to the lake.

CITY OF ST. MICHAEL The Lake Region Heritgae Center hosts artist displays and historical presentations



Established in 1874 by the Grey Nuns of Montreal, Canada, and joined in 1878 by the Benedictine Monks of St. Meinrad, Indiana.


A high hill overlooking Devils Lake that provides one of the finest scenic views of the enHome of the North Dakota Army National tire lake area that can be found anywhere. It Guard, Camp Grafton consists of about 2,000 is located just off Hwy. 57 about 4 mi. southacres of wooded land located on the south west of St. Michael. shores of Devils Lake adjacent to Hwys. 20 BELL ISLE INDIAN MUSEUM and 57. It is believed the first encampment Features authentic Indian arts and crafts was held in 1891. The original stone ware- from throughout the North American contihouse is still being used as an office and nent. The museum is located in the Bell Isle through the years many fine permanent Country Store in St. Michael, which also has structures have been built. Guardsmen from authentic North American crafts, great gift North Dakota and other states come for ideas and other items available. Hours: Mon.summer and winter training. Sat. 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sundays and Holidays 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Turn at St. Michael, 2 mi. east. OLD POST OFFICE The former Devils Lake Post Office building located at 502 4th St. NE, Devils Lake, was CITY OF FORT TOTTEN built in 1908 and features Greek Revival-style architecture. The outer structure is made of large blocks of limestone. All three level hall- STATE HISTORICAL SITE ways have Terrazo floors (marble chip in con- One of the best preserved military forts in crete). The walls are white marble with green the TransMississippi West, with 16 original veining and woodwork is square-sawed oak buildings. Open May 16-Sept. 15, 8 a.m. to and yellow pine. Visitors have free access to 5:00 p.m. both sides of the postal windows and old, or- PIONEER DAUGHTERS MUSEUM nate lock boxes. The Pioneer Daughters have Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. a display including a woodcarving replica of the Minnie H steamboat and a complete oldtime dental office. Hours: M-F: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.



Located at 416 6th St. NE, Devils Lake. This building is the former official residence of the Ramsey Co. Sheriff. The 3-story red brick structure was constructed from 1909-1911 with hardwood floors and maple woodwork. Fireplaces enhance the two large parlors on either side of the spacious foyer. Connecting the dining room and kitchen is a walkthrough buffet-pantry. Furnishings are from pioneer days to recent decades in addition to Page 38

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Camp out at beautiful Warsing Dam.


Dedicated to Col. James Buchli with a plaque inscribed with “North Dakota’s First Astronaut, First Flight Jan. 1985, Space Shuttle Discovery.” The bridge connects North and South parks over the James River. Also check out the Archie and Jessie Campbell Memorial, honoring the works of two area pioneers.


Twenty-five acres with swimming pool, playground equipment, volleyball and tennis courts. It also has picnic and rest shelters, trailer parking, rest rooms, showers and electrical outlets.


Complete with camping facilities, this recreational area provides outdoor enthusiasts with facilities for swimming, boating, fishing Many items of interest have been preserved and water sports. here including several old buildings of historical interest. Located on the west end of town across from the Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd. Open Sundays from 1 - 4 pm Memorial Day until Labor Day.



A pioneer museum showcasing the history of the Sheyenne area. The building was built in 1867 near Fort Totten, North Dakota. Contains many historic items from the area such as a barber chair, Sheyenne Star newspapers, and articles of clothing owned by John Aasen—one of the tallest actors in history. It also shows off many Native American artifacts that were found in the region. There is also a Japanese rifle from World War II on display at the museum.


A man-made dam on the eastern side of Sheyenne featuring 8 primitive sites for camping, 5 sheltered areas with picnic tables that is perfect for fishing and kayaking.

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Stump Lake Park offers a variety of family attractions


Located just off Main Street, Lakota, ND, you’ll find the old library converted to a museum. Next to the Library Museum is the first log cabin in the county.


Located 12 mi. south of Lakota, this recreation area provides plenty of activities including campgrounds, hiking, bike trails, playground, tennis, basketball, volleyball, horseshoes and plenty of weekend entertainment. Lake Region Guide

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Schroeder Memorial Park offers picnic and camping facilities and a variety of playground equipment.


Located on the south edge of town along the beautiful Sheyenne River. Its amenities include a safe beach area for public swimming (no lifeguard is on duty), water-skiing and boat launching facilities, boating, fishing, and picnic shelters.


The Heritage Center tells about the life and achievements of the first settlers with reference photographs and graphics specific to northeastern North Dakota.


A 33.8 acre tract donated to the Cavalier Park Board. It is on the ND Natural Areas Registry. A walking trail has been created in the thick woods. It is one of the oak woodland stands in the state.

Just north of downtown Harvey, an old time CITY OF WALHALLA locomotive is the centerpiece of this park, which offers picnic tables, park benches, and STATE HISTORICAL PARK expanses of soft grass for summertime frol- In 1843 Norman Kittson, an American Fur Company agent, built a trading post. Kittson icking. Trading Post is the oldest building in North NATIONAL NORTH COUNTRY TRAIL A 32-mile segment of this national Dakota and is preserved by the State Historicross-country trail passes through Lonetree cal Society. A picnic area with shelter and hikWildlife Management Area. Open to hikers, ing trails are located in the park. mountain bikers and horseback riders. Prim- GINGRAS HISTORICAL PARK itive campgrounds are available, including Antoine Gingras erected a trading post and general store northeast of Walhalla. These one with corrals. buildings have been restored by the State Historical Society. The site is open May CITY OF CAVALIER through September.


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last years compiling his “Isle of Memories.” Mr. Patton restored the farm house, built in 1882, a township school and an original country church. These buildings contain the original furnishings from his childhood. For more information, call 701-886-7556 or 701886-7665.


Located 1 mile south on Hwy; 32. 420 acres for hiking, picnicking, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and canoeing during peak water levels. Open for public hunting and limited fishing during the season.


Located in the northeast corner of North Dakota is North Dakota’s only real white water river. The river originates near Boissevain, Manitoba, enters the U.S. northeast of Langdon, then flows southeast to Walhalla and east to the Red River.


Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday year ‘round. Features many old items from the early days of Pembina and how it was founded.


This 12,000 square foot facility is set up to take you step-by-step through the Cretaceous Period, Ice Age, The First Peoples, Fur Trade Settlement, U.S.-Canada Border, Transportation, Military History and Pembina today. The museum also features an elevator to take you to the observation deck 80 feet in the air to look around the country side. See where the Pembina River and the Red River meet. View the area where the first homestead was filed in North Dakota. Look north to the U.S.-Canada border. With so much to see, you’ll want to allow plenty of time to take it all in. The museum also features a wonderful gift shop featuring many different items or varying interests.


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Homme Dam offers a number of outdoor activities

Homme Dam and Lake are located on the south branch of the Park River two miles west of the city on N.D. Highway 17. A quiet, peaceful place right in the middle of the prairie to enjoy all that nature has to offer. The Walsh County Park Board operates the park near the dam and provides facilities for boat launching, picnicking and camping. For those who prefer more solitude, 200 acres of surrounding land, managed by the Corps of Engineers, is open to hunting, hiking and picnicking.







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CITY OF CARRINGTON  There is never a dull moment in this bustling rural community. If you are thinking of traveling to a destination off the beaten path for a family vacation, take the time to stop in at the ‘Central City’ of Carrington. It is a place where you will find country hospitality, beautiful scenery and enjoy a restful and relaxing venture.  Indoors and out, there is plenty to see and do. Carrington has many unique shops if you are in the mood for some gift buying. A variety of restaurants offer excellent dining opportunities.  Only a few miles southwest of Carrington is a butte three hundred feet higher than the surrounding plains, known as ‘Hawk’s Nest.’ The undeveloped, unfenced 100-acre area has one of the few remaining native stands of buffalo grass and pine oaks. Visitors to Hawk’s Nest can enjoy nature study, hiking and overnight camping during warm weather, as well as skiing and tobogganing in the winter.  About 25 miles east of Carrington is Lake Juanita. The area provides good summer and winter fishing and hunting.  Arrowwood National Wildlife Refuge, located 23 miles south of Carrington, was established in 1935 as a refuge and breeding ground for mi-

gratory birds and other wildlife. It is an important link in a chain of refuges extending from the prairie lands of the Canadian border to the Gulf of Mexico. Located along the James River in east central North Dakota, Arrowwood’s 15,934 acres are made up of lakes, marshes, prairie grasslands, wooded coulees, and cultivated fields.  Arrowwood is managed primarily to attract waterfowl during migration periods, but also contains excellent habitat for ducks, geese, grebes, and shore birds, along with many other forms of wildlife. Arrowwood is managed primarily to attract waterfowl during migration periods, but also contains excellent habitat for ducks, geese, grebes, and shore birds, along with many other forms of wildlife.  Office hours are 7:30am to 4:00pm Monday through Friday. For more information, call 701285-3341, e-mail at or visit their site on the Internet at http://arrowwood.  Information on the Carrington area is available through the Convention & Visitors Bureau by calling 701-652-2524 or online at and

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cated 25 miles east of Devils Lake, North Dakota at the junction of Highway 2 and Highway 1. The success of Lakota and its hometown atmosphere lies in its residents. They take pride in the appearance of their town, which is evident as you drive through. 窶サhe Lakota area is a great area to come to for fishing and hunting. Some of the fishing areas around the Lakota area are as follows: Stump Lake- 12 miles south & 1 mile west of Lakota with pike, walleye and perch. Lake Laretta- 2 miles west, 3 miles north of Michigan with pike & perch. McVille Dam- 1 mile east of McVille with pike, walleye & perch. Silver Creek Dam- 4 miles west & 1/2 miles south of McVille with pike. Tolna Dam- 1 mile south & 2 miles east of Tolna with pike, walleye and perch. Whitman Dam- 1.5 miles north, 3 miles east of Whitman with pike,

窶サhis is also a great area for hunting. North Dakota is known as the duck factory in the lower 48 states, boasting some of the best duck hunting in the country for birds raised within its borders - and some of the best hunting for birds making southern migrations from nesting ground in Canada. 窶ェor more information about Lakota, to go Find us on Facebook!

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Experience life inside an underground launch facility during the Cold War  Cooperstown is proud to be home to the Ronald Reagan Minuteman Missile State Historic Site, also known as Oscar Zero and the Northern Plains Cold War Interpretive Center. Oscar Zero and November 33 are the last remnants of the 321st Missile Wing. These two facilities played an integral role in the Cold War. Go inside the control facility and view the launch silo.  According to the SHSND, Visitors to Oscar-Zero will be given a guided tour of topside

facilities and will learn how the facility managers, security forces, maintenance teams, and cooks lived their daily lives at the MAF. Guests may also choose to be guided down the elevator shaft to the underground Launch Control Equipment Building and Launch Control Center, where they will see firsthand the front lines of the United States’ strategy of nuclear deterrence. They will be able to step behind the concrete blast door and witness the equipment that could have been used by the missile crews to launch nuclear missiles. At November-33 visitors will see the topside of a launch facility, including the massive launch closure door which once protected a missile, an imposing security fence, the electronic security system, and the ventilation systems that served the underground equipment buildings. The topside appears exactly as it did during its existence as an active launch facility.  Directions: Oscar-Zero is four miles north of Cooperstown on Highway 45, and November-33 is two miles east of Cooperstown on Hwy. 200.  For more information, contact the State Historical Society of North Dakota at (701) 328-2666.

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WATERFOWL FLYAWAY ONE OF THE BEST  Langdon is tucked high up in the northeastern corner of the Peace Garden State and is in the center of Cavalier County. Langdon is at the western edge of the beautiful 120-mile long Rendezvous Region and works cooperatively with three other communities to promote the people, the history and the natural beauty of the area.

Northeastern North Dakota is also recognized as a hunting paradise. It has some of the best waterfowl hunting left in the county. Excellent for duck and goose hunting, Langdon is located in the central flyway. It is also known as a prime area for upland game, deer and moose hunting.

Langdon, nd Standing Proud on the Prairie We invite you to come and see what we have to offer! Whatever you enjoy doing most, Langdon has something for you and your entire family.


• 5th - 9th Annual Wine Walk • 28 - Butterfly Ball – Choice Financial Group Relay for Life • 28 - Halloween “Spooktacular” - Langdon Activity Center 9-11am


• 4 - Glo Fun 5kWalk/Run - Eagles Auxiliary • 24 - Christmas Parade of Lights • 24 - Langdon’s Christmas Cash Ticket Giveaway starts • 24 - Boyd Block Christmas Tree Lighting • 30 - Deals after Dark 5-8pm


• 2 - Winter Wonderland Brunch – 9:30am LREC • 2 - 1st Drawing for $500 Langdon’s Christmas Cash Giveaway @ noon • 2 - Langdon Area Christmas Tour of Homes 12-4pm • TBA - Northern Canola Growers Canola Days Langdon Activity Center • TBA - Kid’s Shopping Day – Downtown Langdon • 9 - 2nd $500 Drawing Langdon Christmas Cash Giveaway – 12pm • TBA - Free Movie at The Roxy – 2pm • 16 - 3rd drawing for $1000 Langdon Christmas Cash Giveaway -12pm

Fall/Winter 2017 - 2018 events If you have any questions concerning any of these events please feel free to call the Langdon Area Chamber of Commerce at 701-256-3079 or check our website

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WATERFOWL HUNTING SEASON EXPECTED TO BE “THE BEST IN MANY YEARS”  Good wetland conditions and high waterfowl numbers were found again during the N.D. Game and Fish Department’s 70th annual breeding duck survey.  Although most species declined somewhat from last year, all species, except pintail, blue-winged teal and ruddy ducks, were above the long-term average.  Duck numbers in North Dakota have remained high since 1994 because of exceptional water conditions and abundant nesting cover provided by CRP.  The number of broods observed during the department’s July brood survey was down 4 percent from 2016, but was 30 percent above the 1965-2016 average.  July wetland counts were down 38 percent from 2016, and 16 percent below the longterm average.  It’s predicted that a fall flight of ducks from North Dakota this year will be down about 8 percent from last year and similar to 2008.  According to the Devils Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau, all signs are pointing to one of the best Devils Lake waterfowl season in many years. This area of central North Dakota is blessed with lots of water, and this year, despite droughts further to the west, had abundant moisture.

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The owner of the oldest established waterfowl guide service in North Dakota, Kyle Blanchfield, said, “The local duck hatch was above normal. The Manitoba ducks are doing great (most of our migratory birds come from there), and the snow goose hatch was one of the top five ever. It all adds up to a real bright spot for hunters.”  With good water, the local ducks and local giant Canada goose populations are at solid numbers. When Blanchfield added the snows and Canadian ducks to the mix, he said, “I’m really excited about the season.” Page 48

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Keep your eyes out for ducks. There are plenty of area ducks for hunters to enjoy North Dakota waterfowl seasons started Sept. 30 and run into December.  Blanchfield was in northern Saskatchewan recently and was amazed at the snow geese numbers up there. “The past couple of years produced a minimal snow goose hatch. A great hatch means several things,” he said. When the ratio is four juvenile birds to two adults, hunting is much better. He expects that ratio this season. “The juveniles are easier to decoy, and they actually bring the adults into decoy sets with them,” he explained. Mid-October to mid-November marks the snow goose migration.  Water, birds and habitat are a blessing for Devils Lake hunters. So too are the accommodations and guide services. Blanchfield at Woodland Resort runs six hunting groups daily, and is 90 percent full for the entire season. The Devils Lake Chamber has contact details for other guide services.  The Grand Forks Herald reported on Oct. 5 that the nonresident waterfowl opener in the Lake Region was good for most who hunted. Federal wildlife officer Matt Carman reported that hunters averaged four to five ducks over the opening weekend, with gadwall and mallards being the most common birds in the bag. A small migration of diving ducks, a few puddlers, a few tundra swans and Arctic-nesting Canada geese have begun appearing throughout the region, according to Mark Fisher, wildlife biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Devils Lake. Dry weather over the past week has improved access to most locations, Fisher said. Ag producers are harvesting soybeans now, leaving corn as the only unharvested crop. The outlook remains good into the foreseeable future, Fisher said.  For more information about Devils Lake hunting and recreation, go to devilslakend. com, or call the Tourism office, 701-662-4903. Fall/Winter 2017-2018

PHEASANT NUMBERS DOWN  North Dakota’s roadside pheasant survey conducted in late July and August indicates total birds and number of broods are down statewide from 2016.  R.J. Gross, upland game management biologist for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department, said the survey shows total pheasants observed per 100 miles are down 61 percent from last year. In addition, brood observations were down 63 percent, while the average brood size was down 19 percent. The final summary is based on 279 survey runs made along 103 brood routes across North Dakota.  “Brood data suggests very poor production this spring when compared to 2016, which results in less young birds added to the fall population,” Gross said. “The majority of the state was in extreme drought conditions during critical times for pheasant chicks. This resulted in poor nesting/brood habitat and more than likely a less than ideal insect hatch.”  The northeast district, generally containing secondary pheasant habitat, with much of it lacking good winter cover, showed one brood

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and six birds per 100 miles. Average brood size was 3.5. Number of birds observed was down 54 percent, and the number of broods recorded was down 63 percent.  The 2017 regular pheasant season opened Oct. 7 and continues through Jan. 7, 2018. Source: North Dakota Game & Fish Department,

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Holiday Mall 2017 craft shows October 21 December 2 9 am - 4 pm

Businesses located inside the holiday Mall: • St. Michel Furniture • Thrifty White Drug • Seaburg Sports • Z Wireless (Verizon) • Sharon’s Barber & Beauty Connection • White House Café

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CITY OF PARK RIVER  Park River, located in the center of Walsh County, is a very progressive city with a lot to offer. Their motto is “Park River: The Town with a Heart,” and the friendly residents of this northeastern North Dakota city strive to put that philosophy into action every day.  Park River’s economy is mostly agricultural-based, as the rich fertile soil of the Red River Valley is very conducive to lush, healthy crops. The town also boasts a strong number of businesses, many within the technology and health care sectors.  Fans of the arts may visit the historic Lyric Theatre, which opened its doors in 1915 and reopened in 2002 after several years of vacancy. Shows can be seen Friday and Saturday with matinees on Sunday. Gift certificates are available for purchase off site at the City Office Building located at 514 Briggs Ave. S.  For the golfer, Hillcrest Country Club has one of the finest 9-hole grass green courses around. It is lined with mature ever-

greens and oaks and is always immaculately groomed. Also, green fees at Hillcrest are very light on the pocketbook, so make sure to play a round or two while visiting the area!  Need to take a dip after a hot day? The swimming pool complex in Park River consists of three pools for your summer fun. Take advantage of almost three miles of paved bike and walking paths, starting on the east side of the Kensington addition and going west all the way to Homme Dam.  Homme Dam and Lake are located on the south branch of the Park River two miles west of the city on N.D. Highway 17. Construction of the dam began in 1948 and was completed in 1950. The lake covers 200 acres and offers many recreational opportunities. Walsh County has done an excellent job of making Homme Dam a beautiful place for camping, fishing, swimming, and boating.  For updates and events visit our website,

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concentration of moose in the area. Wild turkeys, ruff grouse, waterfowl, blacknecked pheasant, moose, deer and elk have found the Pembina Hills a haven. Some of the best moose and elk hunting in North Dakota exists right here in this virtually unexplored wilderness, which makes this area a “sportsmen’s paradise.”

Scenic Walhalla, North Dakota, is a picturesque community nestled along the bend of the Pembina River just east of the colorful panorama of the Pembina Gorge and surrounding the hills and valleys. As the second-oldest community in the state, the town has also been blessed with a rich historical heritage. These two amenities — natural pristine beauty and rich colorful history —will provide an exciting and tremendous future for the friendly community!  There are many ways to enjoy the Pembina Hills, which is really a gorge carved by the Pembina River.  Hikers enjoy many of the pathways leading to the Pembina River and the Pembina Hills. One area to tempt the nature lover with hiking, horseback riding, picnicking, cross-counReady to head for the trails try skiing and snowmobiling is Tetrault Woods State Park.  A favorite time of the year is winter. Carved  Walhalla has been known as the “Moose into the heavily wooded Pembina Hills is an Capital of North Dakota” because of the large excellent area for many kinds of winter fun. Whether it’s skiing, snowmobiling or just snowshoeing through the woods the area Welcome has gained wide-spread popularity throughto our out North Dakota, Minnesota and Canada. 125th The beautiful Pembina Gorge forms the impressive backdrop for the outdoor enthusiEnjoy your ast. Enjoy your  Snowmobilers really find this an exciting vastaywith with us! us! stay cation spot. The Pembina Gorge Trail System has over 400 miles of state groomed trails, 503 Briggs Ave. So., Park River, ND • 701-284-7244 with additional trails being developed. The views along these trails are anything but ordi503 Briggs Ave South • Park River, ND nary. When one thinks of the flat, open lands of the region, these hilly areas are breathtaking in the winter season.


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TETRAULT WOODS STATE FOREST  One area to tempt the nature lover with hiking, horseback riding, picnicking, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling is Tetrault Woods State Park. This 420-acre tract of an undeveloped wildlife setting is an adventure for the entire family. Hikers, bikers and horseback riders enjoy many of the pathways leading to the Pembina River and the Pembina Hills from the Tetrault Woods. In the winter months trails are used by cross-country skiers and snowmobilers. For more information contact the ND Forest Service, (701) 549-2441.  The area is perfect for nature lovers with hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, picnicking, bird & wildlife viewing and primitive camping. In addition to the Pembina Gorge, Walhalla offers the Tetrault Woods State Forest. There are two scenic overlooks that stand high above the river valley and offer

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DEVILS LAKE, ND 2017 - 2018 FALL/WINTER CALENDAR OF EVENTS NOVEMBER NDHSA Regional VB. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nov 6, 7 & 9 Lake Region GBB Tournament . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nov 30 – Dec 2

DECEMBER Darren Linde Bantam Hockey Tournament . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dec 8-10 St. Paul Ice Fishing Show . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dec 1-3 Squirt Hockey Tournament. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dec 29-31

JANUARY Winter Media Event with Clam. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TBD Ag Extension Roundup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . January TBD Ramsey County BBB Tournament. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . January 4-6 Class “B” Day. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . January 13 VFW Peewee A & B Hockey Tournament . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . January 19-21 DL Volunteer Fire Department Ice Fishing Tournament. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . January 27

FEBRUARY John & Pat Olsen Memorial Squirt Hockey Tournament. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . February 2-4 Speech Meet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . February 3 DLPB Mite Hockey Jamboree. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . February 9-10 or16-17 ND JH Orchestra (overnight stays). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . February 9-10 JH BBB Jamboree . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . February 10 ND Pond Hockey Tournament . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . February 10-11 or 17-18 ShiverFest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . February 16-18 Winter Wonderland Vendor Show. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . February 17 NDHSAA Regional GBB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . February 19, 20 & 22 District 7 BBB. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . February 23, 24 & 26

MARCH Wounded Warrior Fishing Tournament (Woodland Resort). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . March 3 NDHSAA Regional BBB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . March 5, 6 & 8 Milwaukee Sports Show. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . March 7-11 Sioux Falls Sports Show . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . March 8-11 Lake Region Skating Club Ice Show. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . March 16-18 Northwest Sports Show, Minneapolis. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . March 22-25 Boat/Camper Show at Burdick Arena. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . March 23-25

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CITY OF CAVALIER  Whether you curl or appreciate the cover of cross-country ski trails or the look of a grain-ripened field and a sailboat silently crossing Lake Renwick, Cavalier is truly a city of year-round enjoyment.  First time visitors will be sure to note the large trees that shade the city streets and the numberous bridges and winding streets that complement the winding Tongue River. A large city park within the city features a swimming pool and tennis court.  Six miles west of Cavalier is Icelandic State Park. It has a modern interpretive center which is open year around. The exhibits show life in the early development of the area. This was the first part of North Dakota that was settled. Camping, fishing, hiking, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing are some of the winter-time activities available at the park. Several snowmobile races take place during the winter and an excellent trail system goes through the community.  Fifteen miles west of Cavalier is the Cavalier Air Station which is one of the United States Air Force’s best radar installations in the world. It is the second highest building in

North Dakota, after the State Capitol in Bismarck. Tours are available throughout the year. The Icelandic heritage is strong in the area. The local museum has a wealth of Icelandic items of the past. Cavalier is a progressive community and an exciting area to visit any time of the year.  Visit for more information on Icelandic State Park and activities in Cavalier.

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Photo Credit: Ashley Schuster

Take in the scenery of the Rendezvous Region Scenic Backway and be sure to stop at Frost Fire Ski & Snowboard Area!

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Photo Credit: Ashley Schuster

Dotted with dense forests, magnificent overlooks and expansive recreation areas, the Rendezvous Region Scenic Backway in northeast North Dakota offers nature lovers plenty of opportunities to enjoy and explore the outdoors. Starting on Highway 55 near Vang and sloping southeast to Highway 5 and ending in Cavalier, this backway offers opportunities to experience all four seasons.  During winter months, be sure to spend a day at Frost Fire Ski & Snowboard Area, where you can ski or snowboard down powdery runs and take in dramatic views of the Pembina River Gorge. Meanwhile, families can enjoy the excitement of zooming down groomed trails on the snow-tubing hill. During the summertime, the Frost Fire Summer Theatre offers classic musical productions for the whole family.  The nearby Pembina Gorge State Recreation Area is a playground in all seasons. Explore the latticework of trails on horseback, foot, mountain bikes or all-terrain vehicles. Or in the winter, take to snowmobiling, cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. The Pembina River Trail is an ideal spot to paddle along in a canoe or kayak. Birdwatchers can discover more than 75 species of breeding birds in the Pembina Gorge, and other wild

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life includes mountain lions, bears, elk, and bobcats. This area also offers hunting and fishing.  In the picturesque town of Walhalla, take in dramatic views of the Pembina River and Pembina Gorge from the Masonic Scenic Overlook, which offers an ideal vantage point during spring and fall months. Or, venture into Tetrault Woods State Forest, a 420-acre undeveloped expanse of woods, where you can hike along peaceful trails, ride horses, backcountry camp and much more.  For campsites with modern amenities such as showers and electricity, continue along the backway to Icelandic State Park, located along the northern shore of Lake Renwick. Enjoy a leisurely picnic for the afternoon, or spend a couple days boating on the lake or exploring the 200-acre nature preserve. Glimpse into North Dakota’s pioneering days with a visit to the Pioneer Heritage Center, with its restored historic buildings and Gunlogson Homestead.  At the end of the backway, spend a night in “The Friendly City” of Cavalier, where you can take your pick from rustic lodges or quaint bed and breakfasts. The city park also offers a family-friendly place to enjoy sand volleyball, tennis, disc golf and more. Lake Region Guide

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     Located in the heart of the Red River Valley in northeastern North Dakota,  Grafton is a community rich not only in soils, but also in heritage. The history and   diverse culture of the area can be felt and appreciated in many sights and attrac tions, both in and around Grafton. In addition to many historic churches, private  homes and public buildings, Grafton is home to Heritage Village and the Historic  Elmwood Mansion, both offering visitors a glimpse of life in the past.   Grafton’s rural setting does not eliminate some of the urban advantages found  in  larger communities for its residents and guests. Grafton merchants offer many  brand name products found in larger cities with the benefit of personal service and  a convenient shopping environment. Home to more than 100 retail businesses,  including many locally owned, Grafton also boasts nationally known retailers, man ufacturers and hotels.    Recreational facilities abound in Grafton. The Grafton Centennial Center proves to  be one of the finest athletic facilities around providing artificial ice, a regu lation-size hockey rink, heated concession area and seats approximately 2,000  fans. Leistikow Park is one of the many parks in Grafton. It is filled with beautiful  trees, has a full service campground and cabin rentals. Leistikow Park also has  an outdoor pool, shelters, basketball courts, tennis courts, sand volleyball, canoe/  kayak/paddle boat rentals, trails, and a disc golf course. Other recreational facili ties include a beautiful 9-hole golf course, softball and baseball complexes, 4 sheet  curling club, a bowling alley, movie theater, archery club, bike paths, and 3 fitness  centers (one including an indoor pool).    The Grafton area will also entice the outdoor sportsman. Deer hunting is quite  popular in the area as well as duck, goose, wild turkey and fox hunting. Canoeing,

fishing, bird watching and magnificent photo opportunities abound on the scenic  Park River and Red River (located just 15 miles east of Grafton). During the winter   groomed snowmobile trails months, provide fresh air and excitement for sledding   enthusiasts. Proud of its annual community events, the residents of Grafton invite   visitors to the community with open arms.  

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Parks & Recreation • Points of Interest Historical Sites • Business - over 250 businesses Dining & Entertainment • Medical & Emergency Services Educational Facilities • Multiple places to stay Grafton is proud of its many annual community events. If you would life more information about Grafton and any of their special events, contact the Grafton Area Chamber of Commerce at 701-352-0781 or check out our website at Be sure to “Like our Facebook page: Grafton Area Chamber of Commerce/DMV for event information and updates. There’s something for everyone in Grafton, so come and enjoy the fun and “Make an Event of IT!”

PEMBINA OLDEST TOWN IN NORTH DAKOTA  Pembina, the earliest Euro-American settlement in North Dakota, was the site of Fort Panbian, a Northwest Trading Company post established in 1797. The museum’s exhibits interpret prehistoric cultures, the fur trade, Metis buffalo hunters, military forts, steamboats and early area history.  Native American people in the area were primarily Chippewa-Ojibwe, but also include Dacotah, Assiniboine and Cree. They hunted buffalo and gathered wild rice as part of their subsistence. Traders brought European goods to the area in the late 18th century to exchange for pelts of beaver and, later, buffalo. Several posts were established at the Red and Pembina rivers confluence.  Pembina is the oldest town in North Dakota, established in 1819. It is the past site of the Hudson Bay Fur Company, Fort Daer and Fort Pembina. The Pembina His-

torical Museum is open Memorial Day to Labor Day to learn more about the area. At the museum you can purchase a pamphlet, published by the Historical Society, of a walking tour through the town. Pembina’s City Park is situated on the Red River. The park has a boat ramp and dock for your fishing convenience. There is also camping at the park with electric and water hook-ups and modern bathrooms.  Pembina has activities year around. There is a nine-hole golf course, locat-

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ed south of City Park. During the winter, there is snowmobiling, cross-country skiing which is especially good along the area rivers.  This unique and scenic area which comprises the extreme northeastern corner of the state provides a stately backdrop for a number of recreational opportunities which include hunting, sightseeing, photography or just observing nature.  The Pembina Gorge is unique in sever-

al ways. It envelopes much of the largest undisturbed block of woodlands and the longest segment of unaltered river valleys in the state. Additionally, it lies in a transition zone where three major North American biomes; the central grasslands, eastern deciduous forest and boreal forest, intersect. As their respective qualities combine, it becomes apparent that the Pembina Gorge is truly one of North America’s principle biological crossroads.

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PEMBINA GORGE RECREATION AREA  The Pembina Gorge State Recreation Area is being developed in a way new to the state of North Dakota. The North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department is implementing a multiuse trail system to accommodate the three classes of Off-highway Vehicles (OHVs): dirt bikes, four wheelers, and side by sides.  The most recent development is a 24 mile looped trail completed in the spring of 2013. It accomodates OHVs up to 60 inches wide.  More traditional, non-motorized trail opportunities are in the works as well. The Tetrault State Forest, located south of Wahalla, is undergoing some trail enhancements

which includes a floating bridge across a beaver pond and trail repairs to provide an unforgettable walk through the woods.  Other recreational opportunites in the Pembina Gorge area include hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, bird watching, primitive camping, wildlife viewing and canoeing/kayaking.  OHV trail is five miles west, a mile north and a mile west of Walhalla. Tetrault Woods is two miles south of Walhalla - 101 5th St., Walhalla, ND 58282, phone: 701-549-2444, email


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LAKE REGION SNOWMOBILE TRAILS  North Dakota has 14 snowmobile trails which cover over 3,400 miles of groomed and ungroomed trails. Trails are open to snowmobiling enthusiasts from December 1 through April 1, providing that the trail has a minimum of four inches of packed snow. Many of the trails are on trail easements through private land. Snowmobilers are reminded to respect private property and remain on marked trail segments.  The system has a wide variety of riding such as nice flat ditches, shelter belts, National Grasslands and the Sheyenne River bottom. These trails cross many private lands with access being gained by a lease through the landowner and Snowmobile North Dako-

ta. These leases are essential to maintain the existing system. Please stay on the marked trails.  The trails depicted on these maps may be rerouted or closed for safety, maintenance, or any other reason without prior notice. When encountering wildlife, please stay on your snowmobile and keep moving. Please be aware that these trails are TWO-WAY. There will be hazards along the way, so be aware of what is going on and drive at a speed at which you can stop within your line of sight.  Conditions for snowmobile trails are posted on the North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department’s website,, or are available by calling the North Dakota Tourism Division at 1-800-HELLO ND. Maps and information courtesy of Snowmobile North Dakota,



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The riding is 80% cross-country with the other 20% ditch riding. The trail gives the rider a great cross section of terrain that North Dakota has to offer. Fall/Winter 2017-2018



North Central Trail and Northeast Trail


The trail system is centered on the city of Devils Lake of Ramsey County in the northeast part of the state. A day of riding may include tight twisting trails, wide open lake runs and long straight sections of country road ditches. Heated and lighted warming houses are located in strategic points on the trail system.

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Northeast Trail and Red River South Trail

The western half of the association is mainly ditch and shelter belt riding, and the eastern half follows the Red River and the woods from Park River to Hoople. This trail association provides many places to stay for travelers on a snowmobile trip. The Red River North Trail system has a lot to offer snowmobilers who are looking for fun and relaxing snowmobile trips with the variety of riding and many miles of trail.




Lake Region and Red River North

The Northeast Trail System, known as the Pembina Gorge Trail, is located in the northeast corner of the state. The Gorge itself is a must see natural phenomenon. This system ties into the Canadian trail at three major points and it also ties into two major Minnesota trails. This trail offers miles of riding and usually has very good snow.

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