Little Missouri State Park

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Little Missouri State Park
Map showing the location of Little Missouri State Park
Map showing the location of Little Missouri State Park
Location in North Dakota
LocationKilldeer, Dunn, North Dakota, United States
Coordinates47°33′19″N 102°43′42″W / 47.55528°N 102.72833°W / 47.55528; -102.72833Coordinates: 47°33′19″N 102°43′42″W / 47.55528°N 102.72833°W / 47.55528; -102.72833
Area4,592 acres (18.58 km2)[1]
Established1971[2]
Governing bodyNorth Dakota Parks and Recreation Department
WebsiteLittle Missouri State Park

Little Missouri State Park is a public recreation area covering nearly 4,600 acres (1,900 ha) along the Little Missouri River, near the river's confluence with Lake Sakakawea, located approximately 12 miles (19 km) due north of Killdeer, North Dakota. Much of the state park consists of badlands terrain that is only accessible by trail. The park has about 47 miles (76 km) of trails as well as campgrounds for hiking and equestrian use.[1] The majority of the park's area is managed under lease from federal and private owners.[3]

Visitors' experiences of the park have been impacted by major oil drilling operations in the Killdeer area that began in 2011 and that include land within the park. In 2015, the oil company ConocoPhillips agreed to move trails at its own expense to skirt hikers and riders around well sites.[4] In 2016, Governor Jack Dalrymple asked that drillers make a concerted effort "to preserve the view-scape as much as possible."[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Little Missouri State Park". North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department. Retrieved February 9, 2013.
  2. ^ "Historical Overview". North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department. Retrieved December 11, 2017.
  3. ^ "2011–2012 Annual Report" (PDF). North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department. p. 11. Retrieved May 18, 2017.
  4. ^ Donavan, Lauren (July 20, 2015). "Oil company to pay for moving hiking, riding trails at Little Missouri State Park". Dickinson Press. Retrieved May 18, 2017.
  5. ^ Koppang, Zach (February 23, 2016). "ND Governor to O&G – Preserve Little Missouri State Park". Bakken.com. Retrieved May 18, 2017.

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