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TURTLE MOUNTAIN GUIDE N o r t h D a ko t a a n d M a n i t o b a ’s F o u r S e a s o n P l a y g r o u n d

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• Area maps of the Turtle Mountains & Lake Metigoshe • Snowmobile, cross country skiing, hiking, and horse riding trails • Bottineau Winter Park, Turtle Mountain Scenic Byway, hunting, fishing, and plenty more to see and do this fall and winter!

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TABLE OF CONTENTS Page 5 - Table of Contents Page 6 - Turtle Mountain Scenic Byway Page 8 - Turtle Mountain State Forest Page 10 - City of Bottineau Page 12 - J. Clark Salyer Refuge Page 14 - Mystical Horizons Page 16 - Bottineau Winter Park Page 18 - Lake Metigoshe State Park Page 19 - Lake Metigoshe Map Page 20 - Metigoshe Ministries Page 22 - Lake Metigoshe CC Ski Trail Map Page 23 - City of Dunseith Page 24 - Snowmobiling Page 26 - Lake Metigoshe/Peace Garden Snowmobile Trail Map Page 28 - Turtle Mountain Area Map Page 30 - Points of Interest Page 34 - City of Rugby

Page 36 - Wakopa WMA Page 38 - City of Rolette Page 39 - Trails Page 40 - Hunting Page 43 - City of Belcourt Page 44 - Ice Fishing Page 45 - City of St. John Page 46 - Coghlan Castle Page 47 - City of Westhope Page 48 - City of Rolla Page 49 - Peace Garden/Rolla Snowmobile Trail Map Page 50 - Minnedosa Page 51 - Turtle Mountain CC Ski Trail Map (Canada) Page 52 - Provincial Park Snowmobile Trail Map Page 52 - Border Station Information

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Next time you drive through the area, take Highway 43, the Scenic Byway which runs between Rolla and the west end of the Turtle Mountains north of Bottineau.

TURTLE MOUNTAIN SCENIC BYWAY  The Turtle Mountain Scenic Byway in North Dakota begins 3 miles north of Rolla on County Hwy. 43, then through St. John to State Highway 14 northwest of Bottineau. The highway is a county road in Rolette from St. John, along the eastern edge of the Turtle Mountains, west to U.S. Highway 281. From there, Highway 43 is a state highway, with its western-most point beginning and ending at the western edge of the Turtle Mountains, just northwest of Bottineau at State Highway 14.  Highway 43 is one of the most picturesque areas in the state. The 53-mile stretch first ascends through the calm, serene beauty of the Turtle Mountains and then descends into Page 6

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the foothills, offering a spectacular view of the prairie. Rich in history, this area provided trading and trapping for the early settlers. The drive highlights clear lakes, towering trees, a variety of wildflowers and many species of wildlife. Many of the state’s major tourism sites are located along the highway, including Lions Park at Lake Upsilon, International Peace Garden and Lake Metigoshe State Park, as well as many other museums, parks and sites.  The “Scenic Byway” is denoted in the official North Dakota Highway Map and on the Turtle Mountain Area Map on Pages 28 and 29. Fall/Winter 2017-2018

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TURTLE MOUNTAIN STATE FOREST ing water. During the season campgrounds are patrolled and an overnight camping fee is charged. The campgrounds provide excellent access to over 20 miles of maintained trails. The trails provide opportunities for hiking, horseback riding, snowmobiling, and cross-country skiing. From the trails you can get a close up look at the forest from the prairie edge to the Canada border.  The varied plant communities found on the State Forests support a variety of wildlife common to North Dakota such as whitetail Photo by Ashley Schuster deer, squirrels, waterfowl, beaver, raccoons  There is no better place to observe the and coyotes, and some not so common such forest resource than on North Dakota’s two as moose and ruffed grouse. A visit to the State Forests found in the Turtle Mountains. The Turtle Mountain State Forest and Homen State Forest comprise 11,978 acres of public land managed by the North Dakota Forest Service for your enjoyment.  Primitive camping is available at Strawberry Lake, Hahns Bay, Twisted Oaks and Pelican Lake. All campgrounds provide tables, grills, and centrally located vault toilets and drink-

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State Forests will give you the opportunity to observe aspen forests, oak savanna forests, tree plantations, forest management activities, wetlands, and open prairie. Hunting, photography, hiking, canoeing, fishing, berry picking and horseback riding are only a few of the activities people enjoy in the State Forests.  For further information contact the North Dakota Forest Service at 701-228-3700.

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TRAIL RIDING  Pleasure riding in the Turtle Mountains is very popular. Several areas with designated horse trails are Wakopa WMA, Strawberry Lake, Twisted Oaks (which also has corrals for horses), and Adam Lake, MB. Organized trail riding is available at Cross Roads Range, St. John, ND, and at the Legion Camp at the International Peace Garden.  Trail riders venturing into the Turtle Mountains will find many areas to explore. Winding trails through the woods offer a relaxing, scenic ride. For the adventurous it is advisable to bring a compass to keep your bearings in the

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thick woods. Relax and enjoy the peace and quiet in your country retreat by listening to the gentle sounds of nature. Bring along a light snack, coffee or a big feed and at the end of the day and plan an evening campfire at one of the area campgrounds to cap off your day.

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Welcome to North Dakota’s four season recreational area. Bottineau, a progressive city nestled at the foot of the Turtle Mountains, is the southwestern gateway to the fabulous Turtle Mountains. It was founded in the early 1880s and named after Pierre Bottineau, a frontier scout and fur trader.  Today, Bottineau is a thriving city known for its friendly people. In the city of Bottineau, you will find plenty of pleasant surprises. A 33 foot statue of Tommy Turtle, the area’s host, riding a 35 foot snowmobile will greet you at the city park and campground. The Four Chaplains Monument on 4th and Sinclair is

dedicated to four Chaplains who gave up their life vests to others when the ship Dorchester was torpedoed and sunk during World War II. If you are in town in mid-June, you can attend North Dakota’s oldest county fair, the Bottineau County Fair. Why not spend a few days experiencing the Turtle Mountain area? Comfortable accommodations and shopping are available for your convenience and enjoyment right here in Bottineau. A Super WalMart store opened in 2008 along Hwy. 5 on the east side of Bottineau.  Venturing outside the city, you will see why the Bottineau area is known as the Four Season Playground. Two nine hole grass green golf courses are available to test your golfing skills: the Bottineau Country Club, located just three miles northeast of the city on Lake Road; and the Birchwood Golf Course, at Lake Metigoshe.  Lake Metigoshe, located 12 miles northeast of Bottineau, and straddling the United States/Canada border, offers fishing, boating, skiing, hiking, biking, camping, picnicking, sight seeing, golfing, fine dining, lodging and more.


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If you enjoy camping and picnicking, Lake Metigoshe State Park can satisfy all your needs. In addition to all the other amenities available at the lake, the park offers electric hookups and sewer disposal facilities for campers, as well as showers and group accommodations. On weekends, visitors can enjoy special events and environmental programs at the Park’s amphitheater.  The focal point of the Turtle Mountains is the International Peace Garden. Located just

30 miles northeast of Bottineau, this 2,300 acre botanical wonder is dedicated to peace between the United States and Canada. It is the home of the International Music Camp, Royal Canadian Legion Athletic Camp, Peace Chapel, Carillon Bell Tower, Masonic Auditorium, and Arboretum. Enjoy the scenic drive through gardens, numerous beds of flowers, the 18 ft. floral clock, concessions, souvenir shops, camping and picnic areas.  Other sights just north of Bottineau in the Turtle Mountains include Mystical Horizons, Scenic Byway 43 and Bottineau Winter Park/ Annie’s House for skiing and other winter fun. Snowmobile trail heads start from Bottineau that access the Turtle Mountains. The trails run across the whole Turtle Mountain area with many miles of groomed trails. And if you’re a hunter, we have plenty of that too, from grouse hunting to goose and duck hunting and plenty of deer and other small game animals.  Come see us during any season. Whether in the city or the county, one visit and you will know that you have discovered a City for all Seasons!  For more information, phone (701) 2283849 or 1-800-735-6932; or visit our website at www.bottineau.org.

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J. CLARK SALYER NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE  Birders particularly enjoy   North Dakota is home their first trip to North Dato several varieties of sparkota which for most of them rows that are hard to find is an eye-opener. elsewhere. The small birds  Some are surprised how are one of the species beautiful the state is. Some sought after by bird watchare impressed with such ers traveling hundreds of a wide variety of birds as miles in the hopes of adding the tour bus snakes its way a few names to their lifethrough the auto tour route. time lists. One of the birding At J. Clark Salyer visitors are tours of the J. Clark Salyer treated to rapidly changing National Wildlife Refuge will terrain and habitat. That do just that. A lot of people means several dramatic are experts at identifying birds and will get that op- Keep your eyes peeled for hidden birds. changes in species of birds to be seen. It’s a perfect portunity here.  The area is home to many bird species. You place for birdwatchers to visit. can get a great look at the ruffed grouse drum-  Kingfishers flit along the wooded banks of ming on a log in the Turtle Mountains. Also, you the Souris River. Black-crowned night herons too, may get a look at a pileated woodpecker take flight from flooded meadows and perch in tall trees nearby. The marshes at J. Clark with three young in a hole in a dead tree.  One of the tours will take you down the back Salyer yield an abundance of birds from blueroads en route to J. Clark Salyer where the mix- winged teal to white-faced ibis. ture of birds includes prairie, woodland, and  Visiting birders can add this to their lifetime wetland species. Touring birders usually come bird lists as well as marvel at our myriad of well equipped, most toting top-end Swarovski outdoor opportunities. spotting scopes and solid tripods.

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The area harbors a major build-up of geese each fall.

GEESE MIGRATE IN LARGE NUMBERS  Snow goose hunters in Rolette, Pierce and Bottineau counties could see another great year for snow geese.  An average to above average nesting year for snow geese and Canada geese could bring record numbers through the area according to North Dakota Game and Fish information. Some of the major stage areas for snow geese include the Rugby area, Lords Lake, Long Lake, Island Lake and Whitewater Waterfowl Marsh.  Bottineau and Pierce County are in the middle of one of the four major flyways for geese and the water at J. Clark Salyer National Wildlife Refuge is adjacent. Renville County has been a favorite stopping point for birds during their southward migration.  J. Clark Salyer Refuge holds approximately

200,000 geese during the peak of the goose flight, with the concentration being along the Mouse River, of which a large portion is in the refuge.  The refuge is open to waterfowl hunting on nine designated Public Hunting Areas during state seasons. There is a retrieving zone 100 yards wide around the refuge. Hunters can pick up downed birds in the retrieving zone if they leave their guns outside.

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Mystical Horizons is a unique addition to the Turtle Mountain landscape.


VIEW THE NORTH STAR THROUGH N.D. LANDMARK  Mystical Horizons, located on the north side of Scenic Byway N.D. Hwy. 43 on its western edge near Carbury, was officially opened to the public on October 21, 2005. The stone structure is a scaled-down, 21st-century version of Stonehenge, the ancient megalithic timepiece located near Salisbury, England.  Mystical Horizons was the vision of Bottineau native Jack Olson (1922-2001), an aerospace engineer and designer who is responsible for creating several Bottineau landmarks. Olson’s intention with Mystical Horizons was to create a site to bring tourism to Bottineau County and north central North Dakota, to use the site as an educational tool, and to promote the surrounding nature and beauty of the Turtle Mountain area.  The site cost an estimated $100,000 to build and was primarily financed by a Transportation Enhancement grant from the North Dakota Department of Transportation.  The structure consists of cement, brick and metal works, and it was designed in such a way that site-goers can stand on one of the brass pieces while observing the summer and winter solstices (June 21 or 22 and December 21 or 22, respectively) and the fall equinox

(September 21 or 22,) all the while with the sun shining directly towards them. The dates vary due to the elliptical rotation of the earth around the sun.  A sundial is also located at the site. Here, visitors can view the position of the sun’s shadow to tell the correct time of the day. However, the time is only accurate during Daylight Savings Time from spring through fall.  Another feature at Mystical Horizons is the Olson-designed North Star Polaris Sighting Tube, in which individuals can view Polaris, the North Star. Polaris marks the North Celestial Pole in the nighttime sky and has long been utilized as a navigational tool for explorers.  The view of the surrounding terrain from the site is an impressive one, as it is located at the top of a large hill and offers visitors a panoramic view of the prairie below extending for many miles.  Mystical Horizons is located just across the present-day site of Twisted Oaks on the western end of the Turtle Mountains off Scenic Hwy. 43. For more information about Mystical Horizons, call the Bottineau Area Chamber of Commerce at 701-228-3849.

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Bottineau Winter Park is located along the northern border of North Dakota in the Turtle Mountains and offers many winter recreational activities such as downhill skiing and snowboarding, tubing, ice fishing, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Discover this winter why this family-friendly winter resort located just 10 minutes from Bottineau has been dubbed “The Jewel Above the Prairie.”  The Bottineau Winter Park has been North Dakota’s prime downhill ski, snowboarding and tubing area for 47 years. Eight open slopes offer a good variety of challenging runs. All slopes plus the terrain park are accessible from the unloading area of the triple chair lift. Two new carpet (conveyor) lift services the two beginner hills, allowing easy to use transportation back to the top. One T-bar and high speed rope tow is also available on busy days to transport any level of skier to the top of one of the eight runs. BWP

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season typically runs from Thanksgiving to the end of March. Please check our hours of operations and conditions at www.skibwp. com for details.  Annie’s House visitor center is a year-round facility that provides comfortable seating, warm food and free Wi-Fi. This state-of-theart facility is 11,500 sq. ft., and has the Rental Shop, ski patrol kitchen and bathrooms. It is heated and cooled with geothermal energy, or the heat retained within the Earth. The project is a collaborative effort by New York Says Thank You Foundation, Bottineau Winter Park, North Dakota Tourism Division and friends and family from across the USA and Canada.  Annie’s House is dedicated to the only North Dakotan killed in the 9/11 trade center attack. Anne Nicole Nelson, a North Dakota (Stanley, N.D.) native, was known as a positive, purposeful and adventuresome person. She loved people deeply, embraced diversity, and enjoyed learning about and traveling the world. When her computer was returned to her parents, a precious discovery was made. Among the documents on Ann’s computer was a “Bucket List” – 37 goals Ann wanted to accomplish and experience in her lifetime, such as buying a home in North Dakota and going helicopter skiing with her dad. SNOW TUBING  A newly expanded tubing park will feature seven exciting downhill runs with lifts to transport any age to the top of the tubing park. There are lights on all runs for Fall/Winter 2017-2018

night tubing on Thursday and Friday nights. There’s no hiking back to the top thanks to our moving carpet and handle lift that effortlessly whisks you and your snow tube back to the top for another run. Snow tubing sessions are two hours in length. Snow tubing tickets include lift ticket and snow tube rental. RENTAL GEAR  Tubes, skis, boots and poles along with snowboards and boots are available to rent for those wishing to give it a try. As always, an ample supply of ski rental equipment is on hand to outfit customers who do not have their own. The rental shop has the new alpine hourglass- shaped skis. Snowshoeing and rentals are also available on the new 3 mile hiking trails funded through a grant from the ND Heritage Fund.

BWP SKI SCHOOL  We provide specially trained instructors, modifications and adaptive equipment to help ensure that every person’s recreational experience is successful. Keep in mind, however, that those best qualified to familiarize you with the rules and techniques of the sport are professional ski instructors. It is recommended that beginners seek ski school instruction. Private, semi-private and group lessons are offered for skiers of all levels. Snowboard lessons are also available in response to the increasing number of people interested in this rapidly-growing sport. ADAPTIVE RECREATION PROGRAM  Our adaptive program managed in partnership with the Anne Carlsen Center matches the instructor and the adaptive equipment to ensure a successful experience. We serve students five years of age and older that have a disability that is either physical or cognitive. We also have a specific program to serve our veterans with a 10 percent disability or greater. We invite them and their families to come and spend a weekend fishing/ice fishing, hiking or skiing at BWP in the beautiful Turtle Mountains. For more information about programming or volunteering call 701-263-4556. BWP SKI CLUB AND SKI RACES  The Bottineau Winter Park is proud to be

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One of the chair lifts. the home of the BWP Ski Club, the only U.S.based ski club including Canadian and U.S. skiers associated with the Canada Alpine Ski Association. Skiers ages 6 and up are first taught basic racing skills and are developed into alpine racers as their abilities allow. Ski Team members and coaches have made a commitment to aid youngsters in the development of these basic skiing skills. More information on the ski race can be obtained by contacting the Bottineau Winter Park at 701263-4556. LOCATION  Physical address is, 1 Winter Park Road, Bottineau, ND or 8 miles north, 1-1/2 miles west of Bottineau; 4 miles west of Lake Metigoshe; 90 miles northeast of Minot, N.D.; and 80 miles southwest of Brandon, Manitoba...We’re in the beautiful Turtle Mountains, with the 8 runs carved out of the wooded hills and valleys. Runs for everyone - whether you’re a beginner, an expert, or somewhere in-between. Easy runs, tough runs and lots of intermediate cruising-type runs. And the trees were left along the edges to shelter you from those wintry winds. Winter is a beautiful season. Come to Bottineau Winter Park and make the most of it!  For more information on the park go to our web site at www.skibwp.com or Facebook at Bottineau Winter Park.

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LAKE METIGOSHE STATE PARK  Nestled in the scenic Turtle Mountains on the shores of Lake Metigoshe, Lake Metigoshe State Park is one of the most popular year-round vacation spots in North Dakota. The rolling hills support heavy forests of oak as well as birch, elm, aspen and ash.  Visitors can find almost unlimited opportunities for outdoor recreation in this 1,551 acre park, with camping, swimming, fishing and hiking during the summer months, to cross country skiing, snowshoeing, ice fishing and snowmobiling in the winter. The snowmobile trails within the park connect with over 250 miles of groomed trails throughout the Turtle Mountains.  The unique beauty of Lake Metigoshe will draw nature and photo enthusiasts to the area to capture these sights on film. A group camp facility is also available. The Old Oak Trail, a National Recreational Trail, is found within the park boundaries as well.  The park offers a boat ramp, modern and primitive campgrounds, sewer dump station, fitness trail, picnicking, swimming beach with bathhouse, fishing, hiking and cross-country ski trails, playground, Lake Metigoshe Outdoor Learning Center, amphitheatre, group dormitory facilities (Capacity - 120 people), and snowmobile trails.

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Because of the environmental diversity, many species of plants and vegetation are found in the park. Water and marsh plants in great variety thrive in the swamplands only a short distance from typical upland forests of oak, birch, elm, aspen and ash. Patches of moss, lichen and wildflowers provide constant delight and enjoyment to nature lovers.  The entire park is a wildlife sanctuary and harbors an abundance of woodland creatures. Visitors may occasionally see elk, moose and whitetail deer. The wooded areas are full of small mammals—squirrels, snowshoe hares, skunks, racoons, porcupines, woodchucks, beavers, mink, coyote, weasels, chipmunks, muskrats, and many kinds of songbirds fill the air with color and music. Snakes, frogs, lizards, turtles are all here for observation by interested spectators. The extensive water area in the park is a haven for water birds—gulls, eagles, osprey, herons, bitterns, terns and others. In spring and autumn, bird watchers are able to watch thousands of migratory waterfowl passing over and through the park.  Location: Lake Metigoshe State Park is 15 miles (22 km) northeast of Bottineau, approximately 90 miles (144 km) from Minot, ND. Fall/Winter 2017-2018












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Dads help with an indoor project.  Along the shores of beautiful Lake Metigoshe nestled in the aspen trees of the Turtle Mountains, Metigoshe Ministries’ retreat center will make your next meeting, family reunion, weekend retreat, or individual sojourn a memory you will never forget.  Personal touches like the glow of a crackling fireplace and the welcoming aroma of coffee will greet you upon arrival. Our commitment to you is to provide unparalleled Christian service and personal hospitality.  Several rooms are available for overnight lodging, including our eight uniquely-designed, high-comfort rooms. Each room is designed around a specific theme like Northern Lights, Pioneer, or Victorian. Six newly-renovated guest rooms also offer you cozy and comfortable lodging.

We will nourish you with a variety of delicious, home-cooked meals in the dining room beneath a canopy of rough-hewn timbers supported by fieldstone columns surrounded  Planning, teaching, training, dreaming, studying, building relationships – whatever your program must accomplish, our retreat facilities are designed to meet your needs. Meeting spaces, TV/DVD’s, screens, projectors, easels and other supplies are available to help accomplish your gzoals whether you’re a group of 12 or 112.

Quilters happily working.  Plan on relaxing awhile during your stay. You can visit or read in the comfortable family room or spend some time outdoors cross-country skiing, sledding or snowmobiling in the winter or hiking, fishing, or wildlife watching in the fall.  Please be sure to join us this year for Nights of Christmas. This annual Christmas celebration will take place December 27, 28, and 29 starting at 7:00 pm each evening. Whatever way you like to relax, you can at Metigoshe Ministries.  For more information, contact our retreat director at 701-263-4788. Our website is www. MetigosheMinistries.com.

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A LOOP - 3 KM (1.8 MILES) B LOOP - 7 KM (4.3 MILES) C LOOP - 9KM (5.6 MILES) D LOOP - 12 KM (7.3 MILES)





If the call of cross-country skiing attracts you, the Turtle Mountains is the place to go Nordic. For fans of skinny skis — whether you prefer a leisurely family outing or a challenging expedition into the hilly back country — the Turtle Mountains’ choices of scenic country make the area a mecca for cross-country skiers.  An endless vista of wilderness and countless Nordic skiing opportunities are right at hand here in the Turtle Mountains. METIGOSHE STATE PARK  Metigoshe State Park is a favorite for many because of the scenery, uncrowded trails and variety of terrain. Since snowmobilers aren’t allowed on the trails, skiers also find the trails quiet, making wildlife viewing common.  There are several different trails offering you a variety of distances depending on your experience and physical condition.  For more information on snow conditions,

call Metigoshe State Park at 701-263-4651. ADAMS LAKE  Located on the Canada side of the Turtle Mountains, it also has a variety of scenic trails leading into the quiet back country. Warming huts are located along the trail routes which vary in lengths. These trails are off the snowmobile routes which increase your chances of spotting wildlife along the way.  For ski conditions, call Manitoba Provincial Park, 204-534-6803. ROLLA TRAIL  The Rolla Golf Course is the location for a rolling, hilly 12 mile trail located on 160 acres of prime scenery. This trail has been recently developed and not necessarily groomed. But if you’re looking for something a little different, local cross-country skiers keep a trail well skied. More information can be obtained by calling Jim at 701-447-5211.







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CITY OF DUNSEITH  Dunseith is located at the junction of are many different classes of competiHwy. 281 and Hwy. 5, 41 miles north of Rugby. It is a short drive north of there to the world famous International Peace Garden. The area hosts year-round activities, which peak in summer.  The Little Shell Pow Wow Grounds will have a pow wow in August, an exciting display of Native American culture and tradition. Tribes from all over the United States and Canada will participate. There

tion, so don’t miss this event.  The Dunseith Log House and Tourist Information Center is your headquarters for activities and events. This is open throughout the season and has gifts from the local area.  Dunseith is close to camping and beautiful lakes. The Garden Gate Golf Course is just north of the city and is tucked into the hills and trees.

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TRULY A SNOWMOBILER’S PARADISE  With spectacular scenery, deep snow and hundreds of miles of trails, the Turtle Mountains are a paradise for snowmobilers.  All the grandeur of the winter season can be viewed along countless miles of snowmobile trails within the area. Many of the wooded trails are groomed daily, adding comfort to the natural beauty of the vicinity. Witness the splendor of nature while sliding across the crispy snow. Heavy snowfalls in early winter usually ensure long seasons for the snowmobiler as well as the downhill or cross country skier. Winter usually hits the Turtle Mountains two to three weeks earlier and lasts two to three weeks longer because of the high altitude.  There are approximately 400 miles of groomed trails, mostly in the Lake Metigoshe and Provincial Park area that are groomed

regularly throughout the snow season. One of the newer trails leads all the way from Bottineau to the Peace Garden and promises to be a very scenic journey. Trail heads are located at the Quilt Inn, Bottineau Winter Park, Max Lake, and north of Adams Lake on Highway 10 to Boissevain, Manitoba.  If you’d like an introduction to the Turtle Mountains’ snowmobiling world, try contacting the Metigoshe Family Snowmobilers. The family oriented club offers organized trail rides for snowmobile enthusiasts. The club sponsors several trail rides throughout the winter season. Club members welcome the chance to inform visitors of snowmobile opportunities around the Turtle Mountain area. They can be contacted for organized trail rides, repair information, where to go, or any other snowmobile information.   Each year snowmobile racers line up for the start of another season. This year snowmobile races will be scheduled depending on the snowfall. Usually they are held sometime in January or February. Check with the Bottineau Chamber for exact times and locations. Organized snowmobile trail rides are also sponsored by the Lake Metigoshe Snowmobile Club and the Bottineau Jaycees. Check with these clubs for times and places.


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If you like racing, you can expect to see Factor Pros, Semi Pros, Masters and amateurs in their respective class, racing stock machines.  The type of track or trail will depend on snow conditions, Each year promises to be an exciting one with many of the favorite local riders displaying their skills. A good place to check for more information and race dates are the area Chamber of Commerces. Fall/Winter 2017-2018

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1. J. Clark Salyer National Wildlife Refuge 2. Mystical Horizons 3. Bottineau Winter Park Ski Area 4. Wild Rose Ridge Amphitheater 5. Thunder Mountain Speedway 6. Tommy the Turtle Statue 7. Lake Metigoshe State Park 8. Metigoshe Ministries 9. Butte St. Paul Historical Site 10. Turtle Mountain Reservation 11. Pow Wow Grounds 12. Sky Dance Hotel & Casino 13. Scenic Byway Statue 14. Coghlan’s Castle 15. Shepherd’s Hill at the Crossroads 16. Wakopa Game Management Area 17. William Lake Provincial Park 18. Turtle Mountain Provincial Park


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Photo by Ashley Schuster

Scenic Turtle Mountains on the shores of Lake Metigoshe


Located 8 miles north, l-l/2 miles west of Bottineau. Features downhill skiing and snowboarding and a variety of hills. Rental equipment, triple chair lift, toboggan chute, chalet and fast food restaurant.

ply, toilets, picnic tables, and boat dock.


Located on the west edge of the Turtle Mountains on Highway 43. It has picnic tables, water, toilets, and horse riding corrals.


Located along Highway 43 or 10 miles north and 5-3/4 miles west of Bottineau. This area has a swimming beach, primitive camping, LAKE METIGOSHE STATE PARK Located on Lake Metigoshe 10 miles from water and fishing (trout). Bottineau. It has a public swimming beach BUTTE SAINT PAUL and boat ramp, picnic areas, modern and Located 10 miles east and 1-1/2 miles northprimitive camping areas, weekly amphithe- east of Bottineau. It is one of the highest atre programs, guided nature trail hikes and points in the Turtle Mountains with a cairn on canoe trails are available. Park area has nat- top of the butte. Steps are provided to climb ural beauty everywhere. Also in the general the butte. On top you can get a grand view area are boat rental facilities, grocery store, of the entire area. Picnic tables are available. cabins for rent, eating establishments, golf J. CLARK-SALYER GAME REFUGE course and public dock for fishing. Located 12 miles west and 15 miles south HAHN’S BAY of Bottineau on Highway 14. It has a scenic Located on the west side of Lake Metigoshe. drive and canoeing on Mouse River is perIt has primitive camping, central water sup- mitted. A great variety of wildlife can be seen

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on this refuge.


Located 18 miles east and 13 miles north of Bottineau on the U.S./Canadian border. Home of International Music Camp. Scenic drive through the gardens, numerous beds of flowers, Peace Chapel, Sunken Garden, Masonic Auditorium and 5.3 km of cross-country ski trails.


Located at Lake Metigoshe 10 miles north and 1-3/4 miles east of Bottineau. Beautifully decorated at Christmas time with thousands of lights.

Take in the view at Mystical Horizons.

WAKOPA GAME MANAGEMENT AREA of Bottineau on Highway 43. Offers boat Located just minutes east of St. John. Wakopa WMA is an area ideal for nature study, photography, hunting, fishing, horseback riding, hiking, berry picking, and primitive camping. The diverse flora and fauna of Wakopa WMA may be observed from canoe trails, signed nature trails (14.5 miles), or an auto tour route. Camping and picnic areas with toilet facilities are available at Hooker, Dion, Gravel, and Upsilon lakes.

docks, tables, toilets, water and fishing (small perch and bullheads plus some trout). Primitive camping.


Begin at St. John, North Dakota, and proceed east on County Highway 43 to State Highway 281. Then proceed west on State Highway 43 and continue until the scenic route terminates at State Highway 14. This is an allpaved surface. Total mileage is 44 miles.


This newer version of Stonehenge, dedicated in October 2005, sits at the western edge of Scenic Byway N.D. Highway 43.


A sculpture south of St. John denotes Scenic Byway . Located on east edge of the City Park. The park has facilities for picnics and a recreational area for children. HIKING TRAILS Start across from where you enter Strawber- FOUR CHAPLAINS MONUMENT ry Lake. Trails are marked and used by snow- On corner of 4th Street and Sinclair Street. mobiles in winter and for hiking in summer. Dedicated to four chaplains who lost their


lives during World War II. They gave up their Located 10 miles north and 5-3/4 miles east life jackets to others when the ship, Dorchester, sank.

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Home of Tommy Turtle. Has facilities for picnicking, camping, tennis and ball diamonds, plus Visitor’s Center.


Located on north end of Main Street across from County Fairgrounds. New building with excellent displays. Turtle Mountain Guide

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The 30-foot tower holds 15 bells ranging in size from 40 inches to 16 inches in diameter. Located at 215 2nd Ave. SW.

At the junction of Hwy. 3, 5 & 281 on the southern entrance to Dunseith a giant turtle GREAT NORTHERN DEPOT welcomes visitors. The turtle was built from On the National Registry of Historic Places, this impeccably preserved building was built in discarded car wheels. 1907



Located in Rugby, the courthouse is listed on Built in the early 1900s and moved to McKthe National Registry of Historic Places. ay’s farm south of Hwy. 5. It features authentic renovation and furnishings along with the owners private antique collection.

CITY OF RUGBY GEOGRAPHICAL CENTER OF NORTH AMERICA The geographical center is marked with a stone and concrete cairn located at the junction of Hwys. 2 and 3. Across the road to the north is the tourist information booth.


This museum gives you the opportunity to view antique autos and collectibles in a village-style setting. Located a block east of Jct. Hwys. 2 and 3.


Reproductions of women’s garments representing the years 1860 through 1907. Located at 312 2nd Ave. SW. Open 9 am-5 pm, Mon-Sat, June-Sept.


An 88 1/2-football illuminated steel structure, coated with multi-colored shades of metallic paint. A simulation of the Northern Plains’ most stunning natural phenomenon, the Aurora Borealis on Hwy. 2 E.


Natural setting with authentic Indian architecture, Indian villages, summer camp and swimming, located north of Belcourt.


Built for Belcourt’s Centennial, the design itself is filled with symbolism in an effort to blend the cultures from which most of us came.


Hwy. 281 & Hwy. 5, Belcourt. The casino features 400-plus reel slots, including penny, nickel, quarter, $1 and $5 machines. Also

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Lifelong collection of restored antiques south of Rolla on Hwy 30.


The only facility of its kind in the United States, located in Rolla. Tours by appointment.


SHEPHERD’S HILL AT THE CROSS TOMMY TURTLE ROADS A 25-foot statue of Tommy Turtle is located Scenic log church in wilderness setting. Family at the southern entrance to the city. Tourist camping available. Located west of St. John. Information Booth.



Located north of Rolla on Highway 30. South- Displays of many interesting artifacts and east of St. John. other articles depicting local and regional ST. JOHN COUNTY HISTORICAL SITE history. Pioneer log cabin, display building, box car, BILL MONCUR DISPLAY and caboose, located in St. John, north of A collection of Indian artifacts located in the Rolla. Boissevain Civic Center.


This Victorian cottage was built by Fortunat and Cedulie Martineau, early St. John pioneers, in 1899. It is one of the oldest surviving structures in St. John, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Sites.


Located 1/2 mile west, and 1 1/4 miles north of St. John. Site contains the archaeological remains of an 1882 mission and its cemetery founded by Father John Malo, who came to the area from Quebec, Canada, to open a church for the Metis people.


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CITY OF RUGBY  Welcome from the Geographical Center of North America! Rugby is the gateway to the Turtle Mountain region with lots to offer the fall and winter sports enthusiast. Located near the Turtle Mountain State Forest, Rugby is just a short distance from two National Wildlife Refuges, a National Game Preserve and a Wildlife Management Area.  The area surrounding Rugby abounds with both non-game and game wildlife. There are few experiences to compare with the outdoor opportunities available in north central North Dakota, including the Rugby area, so come on over! Bring your camera, binoculars or spotting scope, as well as your friends, and explore the wildlife.  Sportsmen and women find a perfect base of operations as they plan their excursions in the Rugby area.  Rugby is located at the center for two major flyways, surrounding the area with large concentrations of snow geese, Canada honkers and many varieties of ducks. Most of Rugby’s restaurants offer bagged lunches as a service to hunters. The area also offers many convenience stores and gift shops.  Fishing is a popular sport year-round as Rugby area lakes offer excellent fishing.  Rugby’s tourist information booth is conveniently located at the junction of Highways 2 and 3. Information about hunting on private land is available in the North Dakota Public Lands Guide from the North Dakota State Game and Fish Department or online at gf.nd.gov.

HUNTING & FISHING  People from across the United States converge on Rugby during the autumn hunting season — and for very good reason. Whether it’s waterfowl, upland game or big game, Rugby has it!

Many deer are roaming around the Rugby area.

BIRDING  All bird watchers and enthusiasts will have the opportunity to see more than 350 species of birds which make North Dakota home. Several threatened or endangered birds have been documented in North Dakota by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Blue Bills are a common bird to see in the fall.

SHOPPING  The number one reason most people return to Rugby is for its wonderful variety of shopping opportunities. Rugby offers department stores, auto sales, high quality services, unique gift shops and exclusive boutiques. It’s a great place to spend the day checking out the different variety of services only found in Rugby.

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Snowmobile enthusiasts will find open trails in the Rugby area from December l through April 1. Contact Northern Lights Trail Blazers on Facebook for further information. Rugby has two snowmobile trail systems that connect in Rugby. Visit the Snowmobile North Dakota site for information and maps of the latest conditions and trails. at www.snowmobilend. org


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WAKOPA WMA dense, uniform stands that comprise 80 percent of the forest. Other trees include Paper Birch, Bur Oak, American Elm, Green Ash, Balsam Poplar, and Box Elder.  The Aspen Forest provides cover and browse for deer, moose, elk, snowshoe hare and ruffed grouse. A mix of aspen stands of various ages is ideal. Maintenance of such a forest mosaic on Wakopa WMA is accomplished by mechanical shearing.  The wildlife community on Wakopa WMA is comprised of many species, including fox, coyotes, lynx, raccoons, skunks, weasel, mink, beaver, fox, squirrels, muskrats, and woodchucks. Many songbirds not normally seen in the open areas of the state may be observed. Bald and golden eagles are occasionally seen hunting the area during the spring and fall migrations.  Wakopa offers fishermen an opportunity to fish on several beautiful, natural lakes. These lakes range in size from 30 to 400 acres. Rainbow trout, walleye, northern pike, smallmouth bass and yellow perch are available to anglers in a semi-wilderness setting.

Photo by Andra Collier

Plenty of forest and water to enjoy.  The Wakopa Wildlife Management Area (WMA), totaling 6,800 acres in the Turtle Mountains, is owned and managed by the North Dakota Game and Fish Department. Wakopa WMA is a forested area interspersed with lakes, wetlands, and grassland communities. Trembling aspen forms nearly pure,

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Wakopa Game Management Area is a good place to do some trail riding. Wakopa… Wooded to Grassland

1. Lake Upsilon - 6 miles west, 1 mile 1. Lake miles W., 1 milepicnic north ofUpsilon St. John- 6- camground, N. of St John - Campground, area, rest area and fishingpicnic pier. area, rest area and fishing pier. 2. Gravel Lake - 6 miles west, 1/2 mile 2. Gravel Lake - 6 miles W. of St. John, north of St. John - Campground, picnic 1/2 mile N.area - Campground, picnic area, area, rest and fishing pier. rest area and fishing pier. 3. Hooker Lake - 8 miles west of St. 3. Hooker Lake - 8 miles W. ofarea, rest John - campground, picnic St. John Campground, area and- fishing pier. picnic area, rest area and fishing pier. 4. Dion Lake - 10 miles west, 2 4. Dion Lake - 10 miles W. of St. John, miles north, 1 mile east of St. John 2 miles N., 1 mile E. - Campground, campground, picnic area, rest area, picnic area ,rest area, and fishing pier. and fishing pier. 5. Jensen Lake - 9 miles W., 3 miles 5. Jensen Lake N. of St. John. - 9 miles west, 3 miles north of St. John.


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• Trail rides allowed onthe the above designated • Trail are rides only are only allowed on above designated areas. areas. • Camping is allowedon on the the above mentioned campgrounds and restricted toand no more than 10 consecutive days. • Camping is allowed above mentioned campgrounds restricted to no more • Groups of 25 people or more require a permit from NDG&F. Contact: Brian Prince, 7928 45th St. NE, than 10 consecutive days.or call 701-662-3617. Devils Lake, ND 58301 • Groups 25 people more require a permit from NDG&F. Contact: Brian Prince, 7928 • Aof swimming beachor is located at Lion Park on Lake Upsilon. Wakopa WMA is an ideal area for nature study, hunting, fishing, horseback riding, hiking, berry picking and primitive camping. 45th St. NE,photography, Devils Lake, ND 58301 or call 701-662-3617. • Description: 6800 plus acres in the Turtle Mountains, owned and managed by the North Dakota Game and • A swimming beach is located atisLion on Lake Upsilon. Wakopa is anTrembling ideal area Fish Department. Wakopa WMA a forestPark area interspersed with lakes, wetlands, andWMA grasslands. for nature photography, hunting, fishing, hiking, berry picking aspenstudy, forms 80% of the forest. Other trees include birch,horseback oak, elm, ash,riding, poplar and box elder. and primitive camping.

The Wakopa Wildlife Management Area Fall/Winter (WMA), totaling 6,800 acres in 2017-2018 the Turtle Mountains, is owned and managed by the North Dakota Game and Fish Department.

mechanical shearing. Mountain Guide Page 37 TheTurtle wildlife community on Wakopa WMA contains many species, including fox, coyotes, lynx, raccoons, skunks, weasel, mink,

CITY OF ROLETTE  Fall visitors to Rolette enjoy the abundance of waterfowl, which has increased significantly over the past few years. Local hunters are more than happy to give a few tips where the best bird hunting is to those who are taking advantage of the abundant bird population for the first time. And, weather permitting, they also enjoy the local golf course located along a scenic meandering creek. Next to the golf course, hunters can sharpen up at the trap shoot and rifle range.  Snowmobilers have also found the rolling plains a perfect place to get away from the pack and enjoy some prime snow conditions. For the camper, RV Park has full hookups, electricity and drinking water, drive through lots, internet and cable access. Call 701-2463511 for more information on RV accommodations.  There is also a local hotel & motel which features all the creature comforts and is especially attractive to hunters with game cleaning facilities and freezer space.  Rolette’s park board, the school and other interested clubs take pride in offering a wide

The area’s a mecca for duck hunters. variety of recreational activity within the community of Rolette and its immediate surrounding area. Some of the activities available are swimming, golfing, slow pitch softball, baseball, trap shooting, upland game hunting, waterfowl hunting, deer and furbearer hunting and trapping, dancing, bingo and many picnic areas.  Visit the friendly community of Rolette today! Find Rolette on the web at www.rolettend.com.

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ENJOY BIKING, HIKING & NATURE TRAILS  The most extensive trail system in the Turtle Mountains is the hiking or nature trail. Efforts to expand the nature trail concept to distinguish it from a simple hiking trail are underway; and also with the expansion of the Northern Tier bicycle route, however, both names are currently used interchangeably.  Walking for pleasure and other trail-related activities are among the favorite outdoor recreation pursuits of Americans. Many of our trails provide interpretive sessions while others offer the beauty and serenity that only nature can provide. There are also extensive unmarked areas which can be hiked or backpacked.  To experience hiking through a tree-laden corridor, see a nesting meadowlark or blooming wildflower, feel the soil beneath your feet and warm sun on your back, and smell the clean, fresh air of the Turtle Mountains is to become more aware of yourself, your environment, and your heritage.

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Take a hike on one of the many nature trails. DISAPPEARING LAKES Turtle Mountain Provincial Park SW Manitoba. A lake disappearing before your very eyes. Hard to believe? Visit a lake that is vanishing from the landscape by following the Disappearing Lakes Interpretive Trail. Winding its way through dense broadleaf forests amd shallow lakes, this trail is an easy one hour walk appropriate for all ages. TURTLE’S BACK Climb to one of the highest points of land in southwestern Manitoba by following the Turtle’s Back Hiking Trail. The trail begins at the south end of William Lake and leads to a viewing tower at the hill’s peak. From this tower you can see the International Peace Garden. On-site signs discuss the history of the Turtle’s Back and its significance to the various people who have lived in this area over the years.

Many forms of wildlife can be seen.  Three of the Turtle Mountains’ most popular trails are Disappearing Lakes, Turtle’s Back (Canada side), and the Old Oak Trail (US side) at Metigoshe State Park.  The Turtle Mountain tracks are: Turtle Mountain Trail (35 miles), Strawberry Lake (4 miles), Twisted Oakes (2 miles), Dalen (10 miles), Pelican Lake (4 miles), Hartley Boundary Lake (5 miles), Unmarked Trails (20 miles), contact State Forest Service, Bottineau, ND at (701) 228-2278 for more information on these trails. For Wakopa Game Management Area (now 14.5 miles), contact State Game & Fish Dept., Bismarck, ND (701-224-2180). For Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation (20 miles), contact Bureau of Indian Affairs, Belcourt, ND.

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OLD OAK TRAIL Located at Metigoshe State Park, this is North Dakota’s first National Recreation Trail. Built by the Youth Conservation Corps in 1974, it was dedicated in May, 1976. The trail is approximately two miles long. It will take you about 11/2 hours to walk. If you do not care to walk the entire trail at one time, you may leave it at the halfway point near the east side of the Maid O’Moonshine Campground.  A booklet describing the trail is available, in which you will find descriptive information regarding the lakes, wildflowers, different trees, plant life, animal life and a host of other information to make your hike a real outdoor adventure.

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Amidst the annual migration of thousands of ducks and geese and the ever-popular pheasant-hunting season, is the ruffed grouse that dwells along North Dakota’s northern border.  The woodland bird offers a challenge for hunters willing to risk the embarrassment of finishing second best in an encounter with a grouse darting through aspen trees and dis-



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appearing quickly among heavy branches. Give a ruffed grouse an extra second or two and it is game over for the hunter.  Much like when hunting Bobwhite quail, successful shot gunning for ruffed grouse is reactionary, and game of instincts. Hesitation at the flush almost always results in an opportunity lost at a fleeing bird.  Unlike upland hunting activity on the plains, there are no hunters posted at the end of a cornfield or tree row or CRP field. Ruffed grouse hunting is a game played in the privacy of a hunter’s secluded section of the woods.  Ruffed grouse are the smallest of the grouse species residing in North Dakota. Ruffed grouse are smaller in size to Hungarian partridge. Their flight speed is similar too, and they have an uncanny ability to fly through thick woods with bat-like precision that defies common laws of physics.  North Dakota’s small population of ruffed grouse resides primarily in the wooded Turtle Mountains habitat along the border with Canada. It is a bird often overlooked by hunters in a state where “grouse hunting” means sharptails, not ruffed grouse. Throughout much of the United States the opposite is true. Grouse hunting means “ruffed grouse.”  Ruffed grouse populations follow a cycle that peaks every eight to 10 years. The reasons why are not clear. That’s just the way it is and has been as long as survey records have been kept. During years when ruffed grouse populations peaked in the neighboring states, hunters there may harvest a million or more ruffed grouse. When grouse numbers naturally cycle downward the harvest will drop accordingly.  The good news for 2017 is that spring drumming counts were up 65 percent in the Fall/Winter 2017-2018

Turtle Mountains and good numbers of broods were being reported in the Pembina Hills. Granted, North Dakota’s ruffed grouse population may still be low compared to states to the east, but with good production, an improved population this fall in both the northeast and north central parts of the state is a possibility.  For ruffed grouse in particular, habitat is the key. A good mixture of young and old aspen trees, with a thick shrub understory of beaked hazel, will improve nesting success and brood survival.  Ruffed grouse hunting nearly ends each year when snow blankets the forest. That can be early in North Dakota, and frequently a couple of months of the season may be left with virtually no one hunting these superb birds. Regardless of their population status, many hunters do not consider their hunting season complete without at least one trip to the grouse woods in fall.  Ruffed grouse and aspen go hand in hand, but an aging forest just won’t do. To flourish, ruffed grouse require a mixture of young and old aspen. They feed heavily on the buds of aspen but are also opportunistic enough to feed on clover or berries, such as high bush cranberries that can be found in the Turtle Mountains.


WETLANDS GOOD FOR DUCK HUNTING  Good wetland conditions and high waterfowl numbers were found again during the N.D. Game and Fish Department’s 70th annual breeding duck survey.  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.  North Dakota Game and Fish Department conducted its annual May survey and estimated 2.95 million breeding ducks, down 15 percent from 2016. Still, the estimate remains 23 percent above the long-term average since 1955.  “Fortunately, we still have a lot of ducks,” said Mike Szymanski, migratory game bird supervisor for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department.  The service projected a fall mallard flight of 12.9 million birds, similar to last year’s estimate of 13.5 million.  In northeast North Dakota, smaller sloughs and potholes are less abundant than previous years, but larger wetlands still hold plenty of water, said Mark Fisher, district wildlife biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Dev-


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ils Lake.  “On wetlands that have some size, you really wouldn’t notice the difference,” Fisher said. “There’s a lot of big wetlands over 5 acres in this country, and they still look pretty good.”  Based on mid-July production surveys by the state Game and Fish Department, North Dakota’s fall duck flight is down 8 percent from last year. Game and Fish crews tallied 3.68 broods per square mile, down 5 percent from last year, but well above the long-term average since 1955 of 2.59 broods per square mile.

Mallards, gadwall and blue-winged teal accounted for about 75 percent of the broods seen in the survey, with mallard broods down 13 percent, gadwalls down 4 percent and bluewinged teal broods unchanged, the department said.  “Last year’s water index was very low during our survey, and was followed by a lot of rain in late spring,” he said. “When you combine that with winter snow melt, the temporary and seasonal wetlands had water during the survey, but were struggling to hang on. It’s been quite dry since we did the survey, and once again those wetlands are dry.”  Szymanski said duck production in North Dakota will likely be lowered by the dry conditions affecting essentially all but the northeast and northern portions of the state.  Numbers of resident Canada geese, western prairie Canada geese and arctic nesting tall grass prairie Canada geese, snow geese and Ross’ geese all remain high.  Hunting opportunities for geese will likely be highly variable across different regions of the state, depending on weather that influences migration timing.

PHEASANT NUMBERS DOWN, BUT PARTRIDGES WILL BE A BONUS  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

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All in a morning’s fun. population,” Gross said. “The majority of the state was in extreme drought conditions during critical times for pheasant chicks. as abandoned farmsteads and native prairie on the edge of small grain crops. Pockets of decent hunting may be found in these areas, but hunters will need to spend some time in the mornings scouting.  While the state’s Hun population has increased in the last five years, hunters this fall will likely see fewer birds compared to last year due to drought conditions. However, biologists have observed some good-sized partridge broods this year compared to last summer.  The 2017 regular pheasant season opens Oct. 7 and continues through Jan. 7, 2018. Source: North Dakota Game & Fish Department, gf.nd.gov Fall/Winter 2017-2018


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Ice Fishing  Ice fishing is one way to thoroughly enjoy the beauty of the Turtle Mountain winter. The subdued pinkish-orange hues of a sunrise or sunset. The squeak of super cold snow. The almost imperceptible quiver of the bobber and the fellowship of others who share a common bond of love for the sport.  Fishing in the Turtle Mountains is truly a yeararound activity. Many fishermen actually welcome the dark clouds of winter as below-freezing temperatures “harden” the waters of local lakes and ponds, signaling the start of another season of ice fishing. Into the closet go the long rods and out come their pint-size cousins.  Local ice offers a great variety of winter fishing fun. Many of the lakes have excellent perch fishing. Plus, many of the Turtle Mountain lakes offer some of the best fishing for rainbow trout in this part of the state. And for those who prefer northern or walleye action there’s plenty of that, too!  The Turtle Mountains that stretch for 50 miles across northern North Dakota have numerous

lakes that will provide fishermen plenty of activity. Strawberry Lake in Bottineau County is noted for rainbow trout that average 14 inches up to 5 pounds. Lake Upsilon and Belcourt Lake are stocked with northern pike, small mouth bass, walleyes, trout and perch. Gravel Lake, a trout lake located on the Wakopa Game Management Area, is one of the fine “whopper” trout lakes in the state. An average of 2 pounds and some top the scale at 9 pounds. The Turtle Mountains reach into Canada with Williams Lake, Max Lake and Oskar Lake heavily fished in the summer.

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CITY OF ST. JOHN  Nestled in the oak and aspen forest of the eastern Turtle Mountains on one of only a few designated scenic highways in North Dakota, lies the City of St. John.  St. John was settled by French settlers from Canada who followed trappers and traders into the area among the Chippewa and Cree tribes in the 1840s.  There are several businesses on Main Street ready to serve the needs of visitors to the community. They include a hardware store, full line grocery store, gas station/ garage, cafe, bar, drive-in restaurant and greenhouse, to name but a few.  The historic Martineau house located on Main Street is being used as a tourism information center. This Victorian cottage was built by Fortunat and Cedulie Martineau, early St. John pioneers, in 1899. It is one of the oldest surviving structures in St. John and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Stop at the RCHS museum. Dana Wright Cabin, a doll house, an old gas station, the St. John Immigration Building, a blacksmith’s shop, and Burlington Northern Railroad cars.  Recreation areas abound in the area. The Wakopa Game Management Area offers outdoor activities, including hunting and fishing. Lake Upsilon, Gravel Lake, Hooker Lake, Dion Lake, Jensen Lake, Carpenter Lake, and School Section Lake are all within a few minutes of St. John, and offer excellent fishing for pike, perch, walleye, trout, bluegill, crappie and sauger, with campsites available for overnight stays or picnicking.  Cross-country skiing and snowmobiling are popular winter sports in the area.  Shepherd’s Hill at the Cross Roads, a Christian camp and retreat center, is seven miles west of town and offers a wide variety of activities, including trail rides, wagon rides and canoeing. The center has guest rooms, dorm rooms, private cabins and bunkhouses for groups of varying sizes.  For additional information on St. John, telephone 701-477-3149, or visit the website at http://stjohn.nd.utma.com.

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HISTORIC COGHLAN CASTLE  Coghlan Castle is a Richardsonian Romanesque building in Rolette County, North Dakota, near St. John. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on July 16, 2008.  If Coghlan Castle seems out of place, it is because there are over 60 known examples of this unique building style in Manitoba, Canada, but only one in North Dakota. Maurice Coghlan hired a Canadian architect, Thomas Boyner, to design this house and hired a Canadian mason to build it. The house, built between 1906 and 1909, is constructed from local granite, limestone and sandstone. The Coghlan family only owned the house for a few years.    Like most farm families, they didn’t make it through the first depression in 1918. However, the Coghlan family rented the house into the 1940s. The building has stood vacant since the middle of the 20th century. It was a popular party site for local teenagers in the 1960s and 1970s

and was vandalized in the 1960s.  Years of neglect damaged the structure, but a non-profit group is raising money to restore and protect this authentic resource.  When it is completed, the interpretive site will include a kiosk set in a stone foundation. The content of the five panels will tell the history of the castle, the history of agriculture within the region and the history of the Coghlan family that originally owned the historic stone building. The interpretive center will serve as another attraction along the Scenic Byway in the Turtle Mountains. As the building is currently owned by Tim DeMers, the castle itself is not open to the public, but people will be able to enjoy a picnic at the interpretive site and learn more about the castle when the interpretive center is finished. Also, it can be viewed from the pull-off on Hwy. 30 and private tours can be made by appointment onlycall Becky Leonard at (701) 953-8607.

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CITY OF WESTHOPE  Westhope, located along Highway 83, like many towns in Bottineau County, was founded as a Great Northern Railway station in 1903 and later was incorporated as a city in 1906. Westhope is also a port of entry to Canada, which is only six miles away.  This area is a major flyway for ducks and geese as well as upland game. As a result, hunters from all over the country come back year after year for the hunting enjoyment and camaraderie that they have developed with the Westhope community. The Westhope area makes hunters feel very welcome. Outdoorsman Tony Dean endorsed the hunting in the area.  Westhope takes great pride in the quality of life in the area and the fact that this is a great place to raise children. The population of Westhope is 550, and the community has many facilities and services which are not common to communities of this size: a tourist park with picnic facilities, two tennis courts, swimming ups along with a dump station. Westhope also pool, large softball complex and a lighted foot- has an airport with a paved and lighted runway ball field. Camping facilities are provided at the and an excellent school system. trailer court with water, sewer, electrical hook-

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CITY OF ROLLA  Rolla is a small progressive and growing city with lots of friendly people who’ll bend over backwards to make you feel like this is your own hometown.  Rolla is located in north-central North Dakota on U.S. Hwy. 281 and N.D. Hwy. 5 and 30. Its central location makes Rolla an ideal spot to spend a night or two because of its location to hunting and snowmobiling.  Fall is a busy season for activities in Rolla. You can also take a quiet drive in the countryside to see the many farmers at work in their fields. For fishing, water skiing or camp Photo by Andra Collier

Father and son fishing ing, the area lakes are just a short jaunt away. Or spend the night in one of Rolla’s in-town motels or camping facilities with electric hookups and playgrounds for the children. The main attraction just five miles north of the city limits is the Rolla Municipal Golf Course. Great hunting abounds with Rolla being on the path of the Great Central Flyway.  Ice fishing in the winter is a big sport in the Turtle Mountains, with great fishing opportu-


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nities at Lake Upsilon, Gravel, Hooker, Dion and Jensen lakes all being just a short jaunt from Rolla.  Winter also has its share of snowmobilers taking advantage of the trail system with access to over 400 miles of groomed trails in the Turtle Mountain area.  The Wakopa Wildlife Management Area features 7,000 acres of forest, adjacent to many open stretches of rolling hills and flatland, which when combined make for some fantastic snowmobiling.  Cross-country skiing is another way to enjoy the beautiful winter landscape in the Rolla area with a number of groomed trails crossing the area.



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FIND YOUR ADVENTURE IN MANITOBA’S VALLEY PARADISE  Wherever your travels take you, plan to visit Manitoba’s Valley Paradise, Minnedosa, where you’re sure to find an adventure that speaks to your passions.  Whether you enjoy treating your palate to a cornucopia of flavours in the local restaurants and cafes, delighting in that unique find while shopping main street, or creating your own memorable adventure during your stay, Minnedosa is a great backdrop for your next great travel story.  The excitement in Minnedosa doesn’t conclude with the falling of the leaves. Walking and bike trails throughout the community offer stunning atmosphere to experience the splendid array of autumn colours against a valley backdrop that is quite distinct in comparison to surrounding prairie landscapes. Hunting around Minnedosa draws sportsmen from around the globe, with local hoteliers catering to the sport by offering cleaning rooms, freezer space, and supplying packed lunches by request. Aurora Borealis, or the “Northern Lights” are active this time of year, drawing eyes to the skies for one of Mother Nature’s most breathtaking shows, best viewed from the lookout tower on top of the East Valley hills.  Winter in Minnedosa is an exciting time with the opening of Ski Valley, a ski and snowboard park offering 9 groomed runs from beginner to advanced, a short 5 miles north of the community. Squirrel Hills and the local golf course transform into miles upon miles of groomed cross-country ski trails, while the Oxford Trail winds along the Little Saskatchewan River and is a perfect setting for a snowshoeing adventure and viewing at the Bison Park. Minnedosa is home to an active snowmobile club who

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host a variety of events through the winter, and maintain endless trails in the region, including a designated route right through town. Minnedosa Lake becomes a home to many, as a seasonal community of ice fishing huts appears on the lake to reel in the bounty. The annual pond hockey tournament, Skate the Lake, takes place on Minnedosa Lake each February, welcoming a growing number of teams from across the Province to experience Canada’s sport in the great outdoors.

Spring is accompanied not only by welcome warmer temperatures and the return of Canadian Geese, but also frequent new arrivals at the Bison Park, with new calves joining the community’s majestic herd. As the snow melts and water levels rise, fishing shacks are replaced by boats, and campers make their annual return to the shores of Minnedosa Lake. Downhill and cross country skis are replaced with water skis and wakeboards, while snowmobiles take the place of dirt bikes in seasonal storage. Ski trails melt away, and as the first signs of green grass poke through, golfers begin their migration back out on the links once again.  Here in Minnedosa, we ready ourselves for the next great adventure in Manitoba’s Valley Paradise. Fall/Winter 2017-2018

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