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Lake Metigoshe State Park

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Snowshoeing is a popular activity at LMSP during the winter

Nestled in the scenic Turtle Mountains, on the shores of Lake Metigoshe, Lake Metigoshe State Park was constructed by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in the 1930s and is one of the most popular year-round vacation spots in North Dakota.

Old Oak Trail: This is North Dakota's first National Recreation Trail. Built by the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) in 1974, it was dedicated by Governor Arthur Link in 1976. This self-guided interpretive trail is approximately three miles in length and takes about two hours to hike. Interpretive brochures are available at the trailhead or at the park office.


Multi-Use Trails: These consist of four loops totalling a distance of approximately 8.5 miles. These trails are open to hiking, mountain biking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Users should keep an eye out for a variety of wildlife, including moose, white-tailed deer, ruffed grouse and loons as these trails run through aspen forests and across wetlands. Also visible are areas of "shear cut" forest managed to facilitate new aspen growth. (Note: Snowshoers must use non-tracked portions of ski trails. Dogs are not allowed on ski trails.)

Peace Garden Snowmobile Trail: A portion of this trail is found within Lake Metigoshe State Park. This 3.7 mile section runs from the west side of the park off of Lake Metigoshe to the northeast park boundary and on to the International Peace Garden. Snowmobiles are required to be registered and licensed according to ND state law and are allowed only on the trails and designated roads within the park.

Canoe Trail: This trail starts 200 yards east of the trailhead warming house. Canoe rentals are available (inquire at the park office or the entrance station). Canoeists are allowed to travel anywhere on the lakes and wetlands. The canoe route is provided only to give users a general route to enjoy a variety of wetlands and portages. When canoeing, please stay away from nesting birds and do not attempt to climb on beaver dams or lodges. Watch for hidden obstacles that may be hidden just under the water's surface.