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Things To Do in North Dakota

North Dakota Spotlights

Arrowwood National Wildlife Refuge

Arrowwood National Wildlife RefugeLocated about 30 miles north of Jamestown, in east central North Dakota. This refuge was established as a breeding ground for migratory birds. It is located along the James river and is made up of lakes, marshes, prairie grasslands, wooded coulees, and cultivated fields. The James River is one of the longest unnavigable rivers in North America and has been given the distinction of being the flattest river in North America. Some of the bird species you might see here include grebes, pelicans, cormorants, herons, bitterns, geese, swans, ducks, hawks, and pheasants.

Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site

Knife River Indian Villages National Historic SiteLocated about 60 miles northwest of Bismarck. This site was a major Native American trade center for hundreds of years. Stop at the visitor center and watch the orientation film, explore the museum and learn about the Hidatsa people, and visit the full-scale reproduction of an Earthlodge, a Hidatsa garden and drying racks. You can also take a walk and see the remains of two villages or hike one of the trails. Hike through forest and prairie and stop at the Missouri overlook for a view of the Missouri River. During the last full weekend in July you can attend the “Northern Plains Indian Culture Fest” where you can see flint knapping, porcupine quill work, Northern Plains dances, cultural demonstrations and activities for children. During the month of July there is also a free kids camp for children 6-12.