Icelandic State Park

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Coordinates: 48°46′45″N 97°45′10.31″W / 48.77917°N 97.7528639°W / 48.77917; -97.7528639
Icelandic State Park
North Dakota State Park
Tongue River North Dakota.jpg
The Tongue River in Icelandic State Park
Country United States
State North Dakota
County Pembina
Elevation 971 ft (296 m) [1]
Coordinates 48°46′45″N 97°45′10.31″W / 48.77917°N 97.7528639°W / 48.77917; -97.7528639
Area 912 acres (369 ha)
Founded 1964
Management North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department
Location within the state of North Dakota
Website: Icelandic State Park

Icelandic State Park is a state park located in Akra Township, Pembina County, North Dakota. Located on Lake Renwick, the park consists of 912 acres (3.69 km2) of land, and includes the Pioneer Heritage Center and the Gunlogson Homestead and Nature Preserve.[2] The park was established to preserve evidence of the Icelandic heritage in North Dakota.[3]

The Gunlogson Arboretum Nature Preserve is an arboretum and nature preserve which is now part of Icelandic State Park, 5 miles (8.0 km) west of Cavalier, North Dakota.

The preserve lies along both banks of the Tongue River and is dominated by mature elm and basswood. It had been in the Gunlogson family for over 80 years when it was donated to North Dakota by G. B. Gunlogson in 1980.

The preserve's woody plants include Acer negundo, Betula papyrifera, Cornus stolonifera, Corylus cornuta, Crataegus rotundifolia, Eleagnus angustifolia, Fraxinus pennsylvanica, Populus tremuloides, Populus balsamifera, Prunus virginiana, Salix amygdaloides, Salix bebbiana, Tilia americana, Ulmus americana, and Ulmus pumila. About a hundred other species are also represented on the site.


The park offers both primitive and modern camping in addition to fishing, swimming and boating on Lake Renwick.


  1. ^ "Icelandic State Park". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. February 13, 1980. Retrieved October 4, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Icelandic State Park". North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department. Retrieved 2011-08-29. 
  3. ^ North Dakota Secretary of State (1989). North Dakota Centennial Blue Book. Bismarck, ND: North Dakota Legislative Assembly. p. 539. 

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