North Dakota Parks & Recre­ation

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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!

Mike Duerre

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