The Dakota Prairie National Grasslands is located in both North and South Dakota.
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Welcome to the Dakota Prairie National Grasslands!

Dakota Prairie Grasslands Supervisor Dennis Neitzke

Welcome to the Dakota Prairie Grasslands,where pristine vistas inspire the imagination; where the rugged unspoiled beauty of the land invites exploration; and where the sights and sounds of the wide, rolling prairie stimulate the senses.

Stretching over 1,259,000 acres, the Dakota Prairie National Grasslands offers visitors the opportunity to view elk, antelope, whitetail and mule deer, bighorn sheep , coyotes, sharptail grouse, greater prairie chicken, pheasants, wild turkeys, eagles, falcons, and the busy prairie dogs. Recreational opportunities offer hiking, camping, horseback riding, photography, canoeing, fishing, hunting, and backpacking.

Flower/ButterflyPronghorn Dakota Prairie Grasslands





Map of the Dakota Prairie Grasslands

              Map of the Dakota Prairie Grasslands

The National Grasslands are not solid blocks of National Forest System lands; rather, they are intermingled with other federal, state, and privately owned lands. This mixed ownership pattern contributes to the uniqueness of the National Grasslands. Each of the National Grasslands has a flavor all its own. The tallgrass prairies of the Sheyenne National Grassland are a significant contrast to the stark badlands found in the Little Missouri National Grassland. The resources are as varied also; paleontological and archeological digs, oil and gas production, cattle grazing, and recreation.

Dakota Prairie Grasslands Land Resource Management Plan


New and Updated Grassland Projects

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1.   McKenzie RD Pastures 2, 10, 11 Allotment Management Plan   Revisions

2.   Elkhorn Gravel Pit

3.   Greater Sage Grouse Plan Amendment

What's New

Travel Analysis

We are seeking public input on the analysis of the roads on the Dakota Prairie Grasslands (DPG) particularly the Little Missouri National Grasslands. The travel analysis is not a decision nor a proposal but an assessment of existing roads.  The information will be used for future planning opportunities.

The travel analysis includes the identification of risks and benefits on National Forest System roads as they pertain to safe and efficient travel and the protection, management and use of the Grasslands.

An interactive mapping tool reflecting the roads on the Little Missouri National Grasslands is available for gathering your input. We hope that you will take the time to review and give input on the roads either by this interactive tool or hardcopy which is available at our office in Bismarck, Dickinson and Watford City.


Forest Service Begins Dakota Prairie Grasslands Greater Sage-grouse Effort

Greater Sage-grouseThe Forest Service published a Notice of Intent on May 21, 2014, annoucing the agency's intent to prepare an environmental impact statement to amend the Dakota Priaire Grasslands Land and Resource Management Plan.  The scoping period commenced on May 22, 2014, and ended on July 7, 2014.  This effort will analyze approximatetly 140,400 acres in the planning areas and identify management direction to conserve, enhance, or restore greater sage-grouse habitat by reducing, eliminating, or minimizing threats to the habitat.  A Forest Service draft environmental impact satement is expected in June 2015.

The Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management are working on a draft environmental impact statements and land use plan amendments for Idaho, Neveda, Utah, Colorado, and Wyoming. A Notice of Availability for the Proposed Land Use Plan Amendments and Environmental Impact Statements is expected to be published in the Federal Resiger in the Fall of 2014.



Community Engagement through Fishing

Fishing Derby

Over 750 young and young-at-heart anglers participated in Annual Fishing Derbies across the Dakota Prairie Grasslands in early June.  This year marks the 21st year our many partners have supported the Fishing Derbies and encourage people to get out and enjoy the great outdoors.  The partners this year included the Southwest Anglers, Association,  North Dakota Game and Fish, South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks, City of Watford City, Grand River Sportsman's Club, Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service employees and volunteers. 

Thanks to all that contributed, volunteered and participated!


Dakota Prairie Grassland Photos

Medora Landscape

A gallery of scenic photos from the Dakota Prairie Grasslands.


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