Lake Metigoshe State Park
|Lake Metigoshe State Park|
Lake Metigoshe State Park, August 2013
|Location||Roland Township, Bottineau, North Dakota, United States|
|Area||1,551 acres (6.28 km2)|
|Elevation||2,152 ft (656 m)|
|Governing body||North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department|
|Website||Lake Metigoshe State Park|
Lake Metigoshe State Park is a public recreation area occupying 1,551 acres (628 ha) on the shores of Lake Metigoshe in the Turtle Mountains, 14 miles northeast of Bottineau, North Dakota, on the Canada–US border. The state park lies adjacent to the southwest corner of the much larger Turtle Mountain Provincial Park in Manitoba. A small portion of the lake extends northward into the Rural Municipality of Winchester but is not part of either park.
The name Lake Metigoshe is derived from the Ojibwe phrase mitigoshi-waashegami-zaaga'igan meaning "clearwater lake of scrub-oaks." The area was also once home to the Blackfoot, Hidatsa, and Assiniboine peoples.
The park was developed by workers with the WPA who arrived at the site beginning in 1934. Their improvements included construction of a lodge, recreation rooms large enough for 200 people, roads, and various out buildings. A stone inscribed "WPA 1938" found near the park entrance commemorates their work. The park was formally established on February 17, 1937.
Activities and amenities
The park offer swimming, canoeing, sailing, water-skiing and other water sports, modern and primitive camping areas, and picnicking. Lake Metigoshe has northern pike, walleye, and perch for fishing. Winter activities include snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, skating, sledding, and ice fishing. The Turtle Mountain Outdoor Learning Center offers ecology, conservation, and outdoor recreation programs.
The Club de Skinautique water-skiers practice and perform on Lake Metigoshe. Known as the "Skinautiques," the club has performed water skiing shows every summer since 1958.
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- "Lake Metigoshe State Park". North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department. Retrieved July 4, 2014.
- "Lake Metigoshe State Park: History". North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department. Retrieved July 4, 2014.
- "Historical Overview". North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department. Retrieved December 13, 2017.
- "WPA Rock at Lake Metigoshe". North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department. Retrieved February 5, 2017.
- "Outdoor Learning Centers". North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department. Retrieved July 4, 2014.
- "About Us". Club de Skinautique. Retrieved July 4, 2014.