North Dakota Parks & Recreation
Greetings from the Pembina Gorge! As I am writing this, our snowmobile season is slowly picking up with meetings and trail prep, but grooming seems a long way off with the lack of snow. It sounds like a perfect time to plug the Pembina Gorge State Recreation Area and the master plan that was developed over the past 10 months.
We had a great turnout for our public meetings and a lot of input via the internet survey. Through the process, we’ve developed some guiding statements to help define both the area and the overall theme of development. The main guiding statement is this: “The Pembina Gorge State Recreation Area was established to provide various types of recreation, while conserving the natural resources and preserving the intrinsic quality of the area.” So, with that statement in mind, we’ve designated zones in the area for conservation and recreation, as well as for development of the area into a four season recreation area, including some ideas for additional snowmobile trails in the area. The development zones consist of the perimeter areas around the Gorge, set back from the trees and the edge to ensure the view shed is preserved and we maintain that sense of wilderness that the Pembina Gorge captures so well.
The majority of the input shows that camping, restrooms, picnic areas, and more trails are what the people want to see in the Pembina Gorge. The Governor’s proposed budget is poised to address the camping aspect with funding to build a campground. This will create the first ND Parks and Recreation Department campground that accommodates off highway vehicles. In addition to that, we are planning to add more trails as opportunities become available. For more information regarding the master plan in the Pembina Gorge, check out the project website at https:/sites.google.com/site/pembinagorge/master-plan or call us at 701-549-2444.
I sincerely hope the trails gather some snow and you get all the trail riding in you seek this winter. If not, bring your ATV and hit the trails in the Pembina Gorge next spring. Ride safe, ride smart!