Recreation

Stretching over 1,259,000 acres, the Dakota Prairie Grasslands offer visitors the opportunity to view elk, antelope, whitetail and mule deer, bighorn sheep, coyote, sharptail grouse, pheasant, wild turkey, eagles, falcons, and the busy prairie dog. Recreational opportunities include hiking, camping, horseback riding, photography, canoeing, fishing, hunting, and backpacking.

The Dakota Prairie 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 DPG.

Each of the National Grasslands has a flavor all its own. The tallgrass prairie on the rolling hills of the Sheyenne National Grasslands are a significant contrast to the stark badlands found in the Little Missouri National Grasslands. The resources are as varied also; paleontological and archeological digs, oil and gas production, cattle grazing, and recreation.

As a visitor to the Dakota Prairie Grasslands, you are asked to follow certain rules designed to protect the grasslands and the natural environment, to ensure the health and safety of visitors, and to promote pleasant and rewarding outdoor recreation experiences for all visitors. Forest Officers are empowered to enforce the Federal Regulations which the rules listed here are taken from. Please take time to read and understand the federal regulations for visiting grasslands.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information