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Go to Turtle River State Park for Camping, RVing, Hiking and Biking Turtle River State Park Offers an Outdoor Adventure for Every Family Member Park Overview: LocationTurtle River State Park is located in Grand Forks County in northeastern North Dakota …

History and Boating at Fort Stevenson State Park Park Overview: Location On the north shore of the United States’ third largest man-made lake lies Fort Stevenson State Park, a tribute to the original Fort Stevenson, which now lies 120 feet under …

Preparing for a hiking or camping trip can be a daunting endeavor, especially if you haven’t explored the outdoors in the past. One of the most difficult things is selecting the right camping equipment for the trip. There are so many options available …

Unlike the primitive days where fire or the starry night sky were the only sources of light outdoors when evening sets in, modern innovations allows us the benefit and convenience of outdoor lanterns for illumination al fresco. Whether on a camping tri …

Discover How to Choose Your Camping and Hiking Equipment Preparing for a hiking or camping trip can be a daunting endeavor, especially if you haven’t explored the outdoors in the past. One of the most difficult things is selecting the right campi …

History and Boating at Fort Stevenson State Park Park Overview: Location On the north shore of the United States’ third largest man-made lake lies Fort Stevenson State Park, a tribute to the original Fort Stevenson, which now lies 120 feet under …

“Ordinary” insurance just doesn’t cut it sometimes, especially for people who have special needs. Full-time RV owners and travelers, for example, have insurance needs that regular auto insurance just can’t provide. This is why a Good Sam Club insurance …

Boats can be expensive, but that’s no reason to allow yourself to be taken advantage of. If you’re looking for a good deal on a boat, looking at used boats for sale is the ideal solution. Below are some good precepts to keep in mind as you perform your …

The key factor in choosing between hiking shoes and hiking boots is the wildness of the terrain you plan to traverse. Determining your chosen route will help you to decide which type of footwear will best suit your needs. Hiking shoes are designed to s …

With spring in full bloom and summer fast approaching, it’s that time of the year when the outdoors are most alive. For campers, hikers, and outdoor lovers in general, there’s nothing more satisfying than putting shorts on for the first time after a lo …

When enjoying an evening in the woods, it can get very dark, very quickly. It’s thus vital to ensure every camper has efficient and proficient lighting available to avoid accidents and mishaps. Stumbling around in the dark can make any outdoor trip unp …

An outdoor backpacking trip can be a fun and potentially life-changing experience.  But it’s important to take the right outdoor gear with you in order to have a successful trip. Here is the gear that you definitely should consider: The Essentials Back …

A pair of boots is arguably the most important piece of gear in your hiking equipment arsenal.  Why?  Good boots will help safeguard both your comfort and safety on a long walk or hike. Unfortunately, if you’re having problems on your hiking excursion …

When spending time in the great outdoors, it is vital to choose the correct outdoor clothing. Why? Bad choices in clothing can lead to extreme discomfort and can ruin any outdoor activity. There are a variety of variables that must be considered in ord …

To survive in the wilderness with your family, you need both knowledge and gear.  Here are the essentials… Before You Go: 1.Learn first aid and CPR. Every member of your family over the age of 12 should know these life-saving skills.  In addition, to h …

Camping is a fantastic way to spend time with family and friends in appreciation of the great outdoors. Further, through camping you will be able to get away from the stresses and pressures of day-to-day life.  This laid back recreation can provide tim …

Going camping is a great family activity, especially during the summer when the kids are out of school. It’s a fun way to get everyone outdoors enjoying nature and it can be relaxing for parents as well. However, when a family takes children camping, t …

Preparing for a hiking trip can be a daunting endeavor, especially if you haven’t explored the outdoors in the past. And one of the most difficult things is selecting the right camping equipment. There are so many options available that it can be confu …

For many people, life in the great outdoors is the best way to live. The fresh air, city free environment is an appealing lifestyle. Of course, few activities allow you to experience the outdoors like boating. But if you have a boat that you use very o …

One of the best activities that families can do together is enjoy the great outdoors. Camping, hiking, and boating, for example, can help create a strong family bond. Boating is a particular favorite for my family.  So If you are like me, and want to t …

Whenever one is camping there is always the possibility that something could go wrong. This makes having some type of survival camping gear on hand important. From unexpected storms to getting lost while hiking to a campsite, numerous things may occur. …

When planning for an outdoor hiking or walking excursion, it is important to choose the right footwear for your feet. Wearing the wrong shoes for the wrong activity can lead to painful aches, blisters, bruising, and unexpected falls. However, not every …

Inflatable boats are the ideal solution for someone who wants to use a boat on an occasional trip, but doesn’t want the expense or hassle of a traditional, hard-sided boat. Easy to store and easy to use, they are the perfect accessory for your next out …

There is nothing quite like a camping trip. The smell of the great outdoors, the sight of a roaring fire at night, the cozy comfort of a snug tent- these experiences combine to create a fun and relaxing time like no other. However, in order to have a s …

Camping is a time honored, traditional recreational past time. Nothing quite matches the feeling of sleeping out in the woods, under the stars with the scent of  campfire smoke lingering in the air. However, with the wide range of camping tents that ar …

Wilderness survival takes both knowledge and solid outdoor gear. So by having the right equipment and knowing how to use it, you can survive almost any outdoor setting. Survival Essential: Water In order to stay hydrated, a good survival pack includes …

Hiking, basically, consists of walking outdoors in a natural environment. Although it sounds like a very simple activity – essentially just putting one foot in front of the other – it has plenty of health and mental benefits. You can hike on footpaths …

There is a special kind of resplendent beauty surrounding Mother Nature when she is blanketed in cold, white, glittering snow. But to fully enjoy the outdoors during the winter season, you have to dress appropriately.  Here is what you need to know: Wi …

Hiking isn’t typically done during the winters, is it? But high up in the cold Black Hills of South Dakota, hikers love trekking through layers of deep, white snow. This is cold snowshoeing, a common winter sport done in places covered in snow the majo …

Wilderness boot camps have been getting a lot of flak from the media. So many horror stories have cropped up ever since the early 1990s, when teens who were seemingly leading troubled lives were killed in boot camps that were supposedly meant to reform …

Right about the time children roll in to their teenage years is when parents like you experience the most number of attitude problems. Oh, but we’ve all been there, all right. The drugs, the sex, the alcohol. Or maybe not. When kids start dabbling in t …

Wilderness survival kits are available for different types of outdoor ventures. For example, there are cold and hot climate kits. And there are outdoor survival kits that can be used for water-based experiences. There are also survival kits that come e …

Shopping for most women is all about finding something that’s not only comfortable to wear but also could make them look their best. That’s still possible when it comes to hiking shoes for women. Just don’t expect the shopping process to be quick and e …

Women – not to worry because we’ll discuss your footwear selection in the next post, but for now, let’s concentrate first on the guys. It’s an unfortunate fact that when it comes to hiking shoes, the men are really blessed with more choices. Guys – let …

This is Part 2 of our mini-series that’s inspired by the life of Aaron Ralston. Again, if you haven’t watched 127 hours – the movie adapted from his biographical wilderness adventure story, Between a Rock and a Hard Place – please do watch it now. I’ll …

This is the first of two posts that I’ve decided to write out of inspiration after watching 127 Hours, which features James Franco (you know, Peter Parker’s best friend and all that) and is based on the true-to-life wilderness survival story of Aaron R …

You don’t see them used much in the outdoors except when, say, people from the CDC have been called in. Most likely, the only times you’ve seen inflatable camping tents used before is in movies – they’re typically white or semi-transparent in color and …

Looking for a place to do your, umm, thing can be a pain when you’re camping outdoors and there are no modern toilets available. Your only choice would be to either dig a hole or hold it until you get back to civilization. Thankfully, technology has al …

The outdoors isn’t just fun during the months of spring and summer. It has its own charm and beauty when snow starts to fall as well and if you haven’t ever tried going outdoors for extended periods during winter then now’s the time to do so. Read on t …

A camping toilet was like nirvana for me when it was created. I’m a girl. I can sleep on the ground. It’s okay even if I don’t get to take a hot shower. But one thing I have an absolutely hard time tolerating is answering nature’s call by simply diggin …

Top Camping Tools and Equipment that People Forget to Bring on Their First Trip There will always be one or two things you will end up forgetting if it’s your first time camping. But the chances of having your first trip suffer from your partial and/or …

I admit it. The first time someone suggested camping during winter I laughed out loud and shook my head, thinking that only fools would ever dream of voluntarily freezing themselves by camping in the dead of winter. It just makes no sense, right? But b …

Let’s Talk about Waterproof Camping Tents You see, this is the part where many first-time campers get things wrong. When they go shopping for a camping tent, the majority of novice or rookie campers are primarily concerned about getting a good night’s …

What Can You Enjoy in the "Outdoor World"? If you’re like me, born and bred in the urban jungles of the city, then you probably viewed the outdoor world with great suspicion and perhaps even disgust. You couldn’t understand why anyone in his …

How to Choose the Best Hiking Tours and Outdoor Adventure The best hiking tours don’t have to be expensive, but they should definitely be customized to meet your preferences. Before approaching any travel agent or agency, it’s best to know exactly what …

The Basics of Rock Climbing Gear Having a complete set of rock climbing gear is one of the keys to having fun in this sport safely. Although rock climbing isn’t classified as an extreme sport per se, it still involves a greater risk of danger than othe …

The Beginner’s Checklist to Outdoor Gear Is it your first time camping? If so, you can use the checklist below to ensure you haven’t forgotten to take any essential outdoor gear with you. Campground – Outdoor Maps I’m assuming you know that you should …

Types of Accommodation for Camping Vacations in North Dakota If you’re thinking of enjoying a hiking vacation in North Dakota, then you’ve picked the right destination. No matter what season you plan to have your vacation, the state is sure to have som …

Are You Ready for the 2011 CANDISC? The theme for this year’s Cycling around North Dakota in Sakakawea County is “Pedal the Pioneer Trail”. The seven-day tour will take place from August 6 – 13, 2011. What are the designated routes for CANDISC 2011? Th …

How to Clean Your Hiking Shoes If you want your brand new hiking shoes to last for a long, long time, then you need to take good care of them. Clean them properly and thoroughly right after your trip. If you allow the dirt to cling too long to your sho …

How to Choose the Right Outdoor Lighting for Your Next Camping Trip If it’s not your first time camping then you already know how vital choosing the right outdoor lighting is. If it is your first time then you should keep in mind that moonlight isn’t a …

Water Purification Systems for Camping Use If you’re planning to go camping for at least a week or longer, it would be troublesome to take with you a week’s supply of drinking water. For a more practical, not to mention convenient, way of ensuring you …

How to Find Edible Plants in the Woods A nightmare of almost every camper or hiker might look like the following – you’re lost in the woods without food or the ability to get help.  So what do you do? You might search for edible plants to keep you goin …

How to Find Water in the Wilderness – What You Need to Know Perhaps the most important element to wilderness survival is water.  Fire, shelter, warmth – they are all super important.  But one could easily argue that it’s water which can “make or break” …

What Every Adventurer Should Know About Hypothermia One of the biggest dangers to outdoor adventurers is exposure to the elements, which, in extreme cases, can result in hypothermia.  Essentially, hypothermia is the rapid and extreme cooling of the cor …

Introducing the North Star Have you ever been lost in the woods and didn’t have a compass?  If so, you probably first searched for landmarks – trees, brush, formations that you recognized – to track your way back.  Or, knowing that the sun rises in the …

How to Build a Lean-To Fortunately, most of us will never have to find or build shelter in the wilderness as most camping trips are well planned, which includes a tent. However, just as in our last post  How to Start a Campfire When You Don’t Have Matc …

How to Start a Campfire When You Don’t Have Matches Whenever I camp or hike, I make sure I’m prepared with the appropriate gear.  And this includes the most elemental gear of all – waterproof matches!  I’m sure you’re the same way. However, what happen …

Outdoor Gear eBook At NDParks, we write a lot about State Parks and outdoor gear, two topics we are passionate about.  In the spirit of the latter, we are putting together a free eBook on how to choose your outdoor gear.  Below is an excerpt. Next week …

Have you ever seen someone wearing Vibram FiveFingers Flow Shoes? To be honest, I think they look cool…and they kinda freak me out. On the one hand, I’m a big fan of going barefoot. I’m the first guy to take off his hiking shoes and wade in the river …

I’m a child of the 80s. I grew up watching Super friends on Saturday morning, spent a lot of time reading adventure and comic books, and never missed the Internet…because…well…it didn’t exist. Don’t get me wrong. I love this age. I have a smart p …

Have you ever arrived late at a campsite?  You thought you understood the directions MapQuest gave you, only to turn right when you should have turned left.  The end result – you get to your designated campground at night, and have to set up camp under …

Today’s reader survey is short but sweet – the 5th Wheel Camper. This is different than many of our reader surveys, which tend to focus on tents and other “roughing” it gear. But no matter, because everyone loves a camper – your trusty home away from h …

Recommended Gear: Tent, Sleeping Bag, Air Mattress What is your name? Christa What is your favorite camping or hiking equipment? Must have a 4 season tent, regardless the season. Also, a lightweight, hyperinsulated sleeping bag, and air mattress. I alw …

Honestly, I love this feature – reader surveys on their favorite Gear! Today, we look at “Bacon’s” recommendation – Mountain Hardwear What is your name ? Bacon What is your favorite camping or hiking equipment? Mountain Hardwear makes some pretty damn …

There’s no better way to relax and get away from the business of regular life than enjoying a camp experience in the outdoors. If it’s your first time to let yourself loose in the wilds, here are a few tips to ensure that you have a completely safe and …

Katadyn Base Camp Water Filter (Spring 2010) I’m rather squeamish about what I put in my body. I try to face away from the kitchen when I eat out. I’d rather not know if the “chef” is wearing gloves, if the kitchen is clean, or, frankly, if the food pr …

Yaktrax Pro Ice and Snow (Fall 2010) Having grown up in New England, I’ve slipped and fallen more times that I can count in the winter. If you’ve grown up in a cold environment, you know what I’m talking about. It’s not after a fresh snow storm that’s …

So I’m going to start this entry with its title – Have You Heard of Geocaching? I ask this question, because, honestly, I hadn’t…until now. I consider myself a pretty outdoorsy type a guy. Like many of you, I grew up camping and hiking, but before th …

This may sound defensive, but let me go on record with the fact that, at least for now, I have a full head of hair. I say this not because I’m against “bald” – after all, Captain Jean Luc Picard is a hero of mine – but because I love hats based on thei …

Think of it as tit for tat. If you’d like to continue enjoying the vast and beautiful gifts of Mother Nature then it’s also your role to conserve and safeguard its resources. And so without further ado, here are essential eco-friendly camping ideas tha …

The ideal set of hiking gear will always depend on four essential factors: your destination, its weather, the activities you wish to pursue, and the duration of your camping trip. How to Choose Your Hiking Gear Based on Destination Consider the terrain …

I often think that society takes for granted that it’s so advanced – we can do almost anything in regards to nature. We confronted survival and we licked it! SteriPen Adventurer Handheld Water Purifier (Spring 2010) Yet, ironically, if I went back in t …

So this is one of the first in a series of reader gear recommendations. We start with that stalwart of man’s claim on nature – fire. And what is more representative than man’s ability to produce fire on demand than the good old Bic Lighter? What is you …

Brimley State Park is one of the oldest parks in Michigan and is a great place to provide your children with a fun but educational introduction to the outdoors and nature in general. Get Ready to Go Camping A day trip is always fine but if you want to …

One of the rare outdoor experiences that camping can offer is the chance to see wild animals in their natural habitat. When you see them behind zoo railings and cages, there are times when you can’t help but think that domesticity had somehow diminishe …

There are of course many states where you can enjoy camping, but if you want the best outdoor experience then there’s no better place to camp than in North Dakota. More on Lewis & Clark North Dakota is part of the route that the legendary Lewis …

The Beginner’s Guide to Lake Camping Dos and dont’s for lake camping is virtually the same with all other types of camping. The only and greatest difference is that this time, you’re camping near a body of water, which has its own share of pros and con …

Dos and Don’ts for Camping in N. Dakota When camping in N. Dakota, it’s essential that you fully observe the rules and regulations implemented by both state and local governments as well as all other conditions specified by park management. Listed belo …

Whether you’re camping deep in the wilderness or within patrolled areas of a state park or preserve, here are a few essential camping safety tips to keep in mind…and yourself out of danger. Observe proper etiquette when building campfires. A lot of acc …

As with any outdoor activity, having the best equipment and gear will make hiking not just safer but more enjoyable as well. There are many ways the wrong hiking gear could hamper your trip. Ill-fitting boots could make you less flexible and even cause …

Top Family Camping Gear to Make Everyone Safe and Happy Camping with the kinds can either be a joy or a pain depending on how much preparation you’ve done for your trip. When shopping for family camping gear, remember to prioritize comfort, size and, w …

Top Five States to Visit for RV Camping Trips RV camping trips offer the best of both worlds as it gives you the opportunity to enjoy nature and outdoors at its fullest before retiring for the night with the comfort and luxury that only modern amenitie …

Bird Watching in North Dakota Parks Bird watching in North Dakota parks is one of the popular activities of tourists all year long. It’s one of those rare activities that can offer everyone unlimited pleasure and challenge, suitable for all ages, and m …

A Trip to Enjoy North Dakota Parks Byways Make good use of the sample itinerary below if you want to completely explore the best North Dakota parks byways. Day One Start by taking the I-94 and head west to Valley City. From here, you’ll be able to enjo …

A Scrapbook of Images of North Dakota State Parks Immortalize your vacation in the Peace Garden State by creating a scrapbook filled with images of North Dakota state parks. Where to Find the Best Images of North Dakota State Parks Here is a number of …

How to Join CANDISC CANDISC, which stands for Cycling Around North Dakota in Sakakawea Country, is an annual bicycle tour in North Dakota. The highly popular event is already on its eighteenth year and in which participating cyclists will challenge the …

North Dakota State Parks If you only have a few days to explore the natural and scenic wonders of the state then here’s a number of North Dakota state parks you shouldn’t neglect to check out. Fort Stevenson State Park This medium-sized park offers alm …

A Feature on Favorite North Dakota Parks If you’re in the area and you’re looking for a way to spend quality time outdoors then just drive by any of the nearest North Dakota Parks and you’ll get all the outdoor fun you need. To help you get started, he …

ND State Parks Spotlight: Lake Sakakawea State Park Are you interested in visiting one of the best ND state parks there is? Then look no further than Lake Sakakawea State Park, which is located just one mile away from the city of Pick. With almost 1,30 …

ND Parks and Rec Areas for Day Tours If you’re looking for ND parks and rec areas for the day then here’s a list of some of the most popular – and affordable – outdoor attractions that you could visit. These sites are all of manageable site and one you …

Extraordinary ND Parks – Fort Ransom State Park If you’re looking for extraordinary ND parks to visit then start with one of North Dakota’s long-time favorites, Fort Ransom State Park. Location Just ask for directions to reach the state’s Sheyenne Nati …

Top Things to Do in Winter at the Devils Lake State Park Devils Lake State Park is anything but boring in the cold months of winter. In fact, it could just be the opposite. Ask any true blue North Dakotan and they’re sure to have lots of suggestions on …

North Dakota Park Maps – How to Read Them Many people mistakenly believe that reading maps is either too easy or too difficult. But more often than not, it’s neither. Rather, map reading is something that just requires a bit of skill to learn at first …

Devils Lake State Park Camping Options Sometimes, just one day simply isn’t enough to explore a place and that’s often the feeling visitors have when they visit one of North Dakota’s most picturesque spots, Devil’s Lake, which just so happens to be the …

Devils Lake Camping Alternatives Don’t worry if the cabins and campsite of Graham Island State Park are fully booked. Considering how popular this area is, it’s not surprising that you have a number of excellent options for Devils Lake camping. Bayview …

North Dakota Parks Trails North Dakota Parks trails are fairly easy to find thanks to the Internet. There are a number of state parks with their own websites and which offers free maps to download. These maps are handy to have when you plan on explorin …

What’s the Best Devils Lake Campground? If you’re planning a brief stay at one of North Dakota’s most popular spots, you need not worry anymore about finding the best accommodations. In this page, you’ll find the most favorable Devils Lake campground s …

How North Dakota Parks Nature Areas and Preserves are Protected North Dakota Parks nature attractions are aplenty , but they would not have survived if not for the conscientious efforts of the state government. Definition for Natural Area North Dakota …

Top North Dakota Trivia Make your vacation at the Roughrider State more exciting by combining recreational pursuits with a little bit of North Dakota trivia! Hillsboro The city of Hillsboro is the seat of Trail County and founded in 1881. Its current l …

Outdoor Learning in North Dakota State Parks Learn to understand and appreciate the wilderness and its inhabitants in a deeper and more fulfilling sense with the various outdoor learning programs offered in North Dakota state parks. At present, Cross R …

North Dakota State Bird If you are an avid wildlife photographer, visiting North Dakota state parks will allow you to observe one of the most beautiful birds in the country, the western meadowlark, which also happens to be the North Dakota State Bird. …

North Dakota State Campgrounds – Four Golden Rules to Follow There are numerous types of camping trips one can enjoy in the natural wildlife offered by North Dakota state campgrounds, but the rules and regulations for their use remain the same. Be a sa …

An Introduction to North Dakota Trees The state of North Dakota has the greatest number of wildlife refuge areas in the whole country. If you have a fondness for amazing natural sights then a visit to this state is in order. There, you’ll be treated to …

North Dakota Travel – Canoeing Adventures North Dakota travel has many aspects, but for now, the limelight would focus entirely on one of its most popular activities: canoeing. There’s something about the size of canoes and the simplicity and sleekness …

North Dakota Rare Bird Alert A North Dakota rare bird alert is a notice made by birdwatchers for birdwatchers about sightings of rare birds. You can use this to receive – or provide – such news. How to Access a North Dakota Rare Bird Alert There are ma …

North Dakota Tourism – Top Outdoor Activities to Enjoy Majority of North Dakota Tourism explores the vast acres of wilderness and outdoor areas that the state has to offer. If you have an adventurous spirit and the strength and skills to match it then …

American Elm – The Tragic History of the North Dakota State Tree Although the American elm is the North Dakota state tree, it is nonetheless a much cherished species throughout the nation. It used to be one of the most popular shade trees that graced s …

North Dakota Parks and Recreation There’s no limit to the excitement and adventure that you can enjoy amidst beautiful natural scenery when you visit North Dakota parks and recreation areas. Native American Life Have you ever wondered how Native Americ …

Enjoy Your Day at Any North Dakota Horse Park With or without your own horse, your preferred North Dakota Horse Park is sure to offer the exact kind of horseback riding adventure that you’re looking for. Theodore Roosevelt National Park You may not be …

North Dakota National Parks and Other National Historic Sites The Peace Garden State is rich in nature and history and you can enjoy the best of both by visiting North Dakota national parks and other points of historic interest. Theodore Roosevelt Nati …

North Dakota Game and Fish Outdoor recreation opportunities are abundant in the Roughrider State. And if it is hunting and fishing you’d like to experience, make sure that you visit the North Dakota Game and Fish Department.  This is where you’ll obtai …

North Dakota Fishing Guide Outfitter License Fees A North Dakota fishing guide outfitter license fee is necessary if you wish to offer your services for recreational fishing – or other outdoor recreational activities. It is also a requirement for those …

North Dakota Parks and Recreation There’s no limit to the excitement and adventure that you can enjoy amidst beautiful natural scenery when you visit North Dakota parks and recreation areas. Native American Life Have you ever wondered how Native Americ …

North Dakota Fish and Game – What You Can Do with Prized Catch and Game The quest for the biggest or fiercest North Dakota fish and game is never-ending, but what should you do next when you’ve obtained what you’ve been working hard for? Sportsmen agai …

5 North Dakota Facts You’d Find Interesting to Know If you are planning a trip to the Peace Garden State, here are several North Dakota facts that you may find interesting. Enjoy the Utmost Privacy North Dakota, which has Bismarck as its capital city, …

North Dakota Campgrounds – Your Options for Camping Vacationing at North Dakota campgrounds can still be possible even if you don’t own a camping trailer or you are not entirely fond of the idea of roughing it out with a sleeping bag. With ten of North …

The North Dakota Bison – Tips for Wildlife Photography The North Dakota Bison, which is more popularly known as the American Bison, is probably the most well-known animal representation of the West. It is the largest land animal in North America, weigh …

North Dakota Badlands Many refer to the North Dakota Badlands as “The Land God Forgot”. This vast dry area used to have river flowing past enormous rocks. Combined with the force of wind and sand, the river had been able to carve stunning and unique ro …

Camping in North Dakota Camping in North Dakota is an exciting journey that lets you travel to all sorts of landscapes, from rolling hills and flowery grasslands to the rugged scenery of the Badlands. Whatever kind of adventure you want to experience, …

What to Do in Devils Lake North Dakota Devils Lake North Dakota may hold the record for being the largest water body in the state but that doesn’t mean you’ll only get to enjoy water activities in the area. There are plenty to do on land as well…certai …

Campgrounds in Valley City North Dakota Campgrounds in Valley City North Dakota are ideal if you are looking for overnight parking. Ashtabula Crossing, Clausen Springs Campground, and Little Yellowstone Park all offer accommodations and amenities for R …

Campgrounds Fort Yates North Dakota Campgrounds Fort Yates North Dakota are the best place to stop over while you’re on your way to any of the 17 state parks of North Dakota. And while you’re in the vicinity, you should take the time to visit the vario …

Why You Should Be a Member of the American Birding Association The American Birding Association or ABA is the premier organization for birdwatchers in the country. It provides avid birding enthusiasts comprehensive resources to help improve their skill …

How to Select the Best Campgrounds for Your Vacation What could serve as the best campgrounds for your next vacation depends on your needs and preferences. What kind of camping activities are you most interested in? Some campgrounds offer only activiti …

How to Choose Bags Good for Birding and Other Birding Equipment Besides looking for bags good for birding, there are other supplies and equipment that you should shop for to enjoy a safe and productive birdwatching excursion. Canvas Bags These are prob …

How to Take Care of Your Binoculars for Birding Binoculars for birding are not inexpensive and require diligent care and maintenance. Here are a number of tips to ensure that your binoculars are stored properly and stay safe during use or travel. Store …

Camping Resort Etiquette 101 Due to the essential nature of camping, you are likely to set up camp in close proximity to other campers regardless of how large the camping resort is. As such, there are many things that you’d do which could be considered …

Camping Vacations Camping vacations offer families and friends to experience outdoor living and other recreational outdoor limits without compromising their safety. If it’s your first time to plan a camping vacation for your loved ones, here are a few …

Tips for a Wonderful and Safe Family Camping Experience Family camping is an experience that’s not only fun and educational – it can also serve as a means of strengthening the bonds of family members to each other. Camping, however, poses a certain amo …

Beaver Lake National Park Beaver Lake National Park is one of the various national parks located in North Dakota. Visitors flock to the area because of its vast and picturesque prairies which you could explore to your heart’s content with daily walks. …

Cross Ranch State Park Experience the natural beauty of North Dakota by visiting the Cross Ranch State Park, which is located just a short distance away from the few remaining free-flowing sections of Missouri River. The History of Cross Ranch State Pa …

How to Enjoy Discount Camping Budget considerations aside, you can still look forward to having a great vacation with discount camping. Just use any of the tips below! Check the calendar of events of parks or campgrounds you plan to visit. Some of thes …

How to Enjoy Cheap Camping If you want to enjoy cheap camping for your next vacation, here are a couple of things you can do. Check your tires. Are you aware that tires which aren’t properly inflated cause your vehicle to consume more gas than usual? T …

Devils Lake State Park Devils Lake State Park is one of the more uniquely beautiful state parks of North Dakota and also boasts of having the largest natural lake in the state. The state park possesses over 1,000 acres of natural environment, and this …

Birding Clubs of the United States – Why Should You Join There are numerous birding clubs of the United States and if you are a keen bird watcher, joining one could be beneficial in various ways. Meet other birdwatchers. If you’re having a hard time fi …

How to Plan for Caravan Campings Caravan campings are a great, safe, and easy way to enjoy your vacation. Even better, the fun starts not when you reach your destination but during the journey itself. To ensure a pleasant trip in your trusted caravan, …

Doyle Memorial State Park While it may be one of the smallest state parks in North Dakota, Doyle Memorial State Parks is still worth a visit, having various attractions and activities to boast of. History of Doyle Memorial State Park The state park is …

No one can argue that car vamping is fun, but if you are traveling independently and not as a part of a professionally organized tour, you’ll need to take extra precautions to reach your destination safely and enjoy a thoroughly pleasant vacation. Choo …

Camping with Kids 101 Taking a little risk here and there may seem fun, but if you’re going camping with kids, it’s best to play it safe than sorry. Here are several essential tips to ensure your charges’ safety on your next outdoor trip. Check weather …

Fort Ransom State Park Homesteading is another famous aspect of the state of North Dakota and you can experience this for yourself when you visit Fort Ransom State Park, which is located in the SE side of the state and two miles past north of the town …

Common Types of Camping Trip Before embarking on any camping trips, you should know that there are different kinds of camping vacations you can take. Find out what each one entails in order to determine the best kind of trip for you and your loved ones …

Essential Facts of Birding Migration For a more productive birding excursion, it’s important to understand the essential facts of birding migration. This will let you know when, where, and how you can best study your favorite bird species to your heart …

How to Choose the Best Family Tent To make sure you purchase the best family tent for your outdoor vacation, make sure to consider the factors below when you go shopping. Season or Weather Conditions A basic family tent is affordable but can only provi …

Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park If you find yourself in the town of Mandan, be sure to visit one of North Dakota’s impressive state parks. Just head south and you’ll shortly reach Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park, which is home to various historical att …

What Kind of Camping Trip Is Best for You? If it’s your first time to go on a camping trip, be aware that outdoor camping doesn’t always and only involve pitching a tent and building a campfire. There may be other activities involved that could be more …

Shopping Tips for Camping Tents Your outdoor vacation can be easily ruined with the wrong choice of camping tent. It might seem like fun to try roughing it out in the woods, but come night time when you and the kids are tired, camping tents that are to …

A Shopper’s Guide to Camping Trailers Camping trailers – which are also referred to as recreational vehicles – are generally large vehicles that may either be driven or towed by another vehicle and provide mobile accommodation for its owners. For indiv …

Fort Stevenson State Park Take the NW route of 41st Avenue and head three miles south past Garrison and you’ll soon reach what is popularly referred to as North Dakota’s walleye capital, Fort Stevenson State Park. For fishing enthusiasts, the state par …

What’s the Best Camping Trailer for You? Are you looking for a camping trailer to make your next outdoor trip more comfortable? If so, here are a few suggestions to help you make the right purchase. Travel Trailer This is one of the most popular types …

Birding Patches and Birding If you are an avid birdwatcher then you should understand the role that birding patches play and how it can help enjoy rare sights of your favorite birds in North Dakota. Birding Patches – A Big Help to Migrating Birds A rec …

What Kind of Camping Lantern Do You Need? The days of camping in the dark and sweating blood and tears just to build a fire are long gone. Why expend so much energy on such a simple task when you can just use a camping lantern? Source of Power Camping …

Icelandic State Park To reach Icelandic State Park, simply take Highway 5, located near the US – Canada borders, and travel 5 miles west past the town of Cavalier. At the Icelandic State Park, you’ll have the opportunity to relive the homesteading expe …

How to Choose the Best Camping Spots Regardless of the type of camping trip you’re planning, the rules for choosing the ideal camping spots remain essentially the same. Wilderness Camping If you are traveling on foot and you wish to rough it out as muc …

Tips for Safe and Proper Usage of Camping Cookware It’s not enough to have a complete set of camping cookware with you. If you want to enjoy fresh and healthy food during your camping trip, you need to be familiar with the proper use of camping cookwar …

The Buyer’s Guide to Folding Camping Chairs Frederic Arnold invented the first foldable chair in 1947. More than seventy years have passed and folding camping chairs have considerably evolved since then. Now, campers have the luxury of choosing from a …

How to Choose the Best Camping Cabins Once you’ve chosen the dates and destination for your camping trip, the next thing you should do is to inquire about available camping cabins for rent and determine which one would best suit your needs. 5 Important …

A Beginner’s Guide to Wildlife Photography Birding With wildlife photography birding, individuals have the chance to combine their passion for wildlife photography and birdwatching in a single pastime. If it’s your first time to take this kind of trip, …

Indian Hills Resort State Recreation Area Head west of Garrison and travel about thirty-one miles and you’ll soon reach the gates of Indian Hills Resort State Recreation Area, considered one of the best natural areas of North Dakota and home to an abun …

Top Camping Accessories You Must Never Forget to Pack Whenever you go camping, it’s often the little things that are most important and you end up forgetting. Make your next trip different by ensuring that you have all your bases covered and you’ve got …

How to Choose the Ideal Pair of Birding Binoculars Every June, the Devils Lake State Park celebrates the Sullys Hill Birding and Nature Festival. During this time, keen birdwatching aficionados will be able to enjoy delightful sights of their favorite …

Steps to Buying the Perfect Folding Camp Chairs Here are seven quick easy steps to buying the perfect folding camp chair for your needs. Step 1 Determine your budget. Basic folding camp chairs would cost a little over $20 – maybe even less if you’re wi …

Environmentally Conscious Tips When Camping at Wilderness Settings The absence of authority when camping at wilderness settings often lead to misuse and abuse of natural resources and more problems with the ecosystem in the area. Consider the tips belo …

Sully Creek State Recreation Area Unlike many state parks of North Dakota, the Sully Creek State Recreation Area can best be accessed by traveling more than 2 miles on a gravel road while heading south of the town of Medora. But this little bit of off- …

Camping in North Dakota State Parks Camping in North Dakota state parks is available all year round. All state parks have campsites offered on a first-come, first-served basis. But many of them also have campsites open to reservation, including but not …

Top Utensils or Equipment that Your Camp Kitchen Should Include When choosing which utensils or equipment should make up your camp kitchen, you need to consider what kind of camping trip you’ll be taking, the number of days your trip will last as well …

Tips for Shopping for the Ideal Camping Cot The ideal camping cot depends on where and when you plan to camp as well as your personal needs. Size More specifically, consider the length and width of the camping cot. Will it be able to accommodate your h …

Simple Tips to Camp Out Responsibly When you camp out, it’s important to follow basic rules and regulations in order to be a good “outdoor citizen.” With or Without Pets Some parks prohibit guests from camping out with their pets for a variety of reaso …

Shelvers Grove State Recreation Area Although Shelvers Grove State Recreation Area does not offer as many attractions and campground facilities as other state parks and recreation areas, the place nonetheless remains one of the most popular sites for o …

Hiking in North Dakota State Parks There are many opportunities to hike North Dakota state parks and, as a result, you have the privilege of experiencing one of the best “nature states” around! There are easy hiking trails on paved paths that could be …

A Guide to Cabin Camping For those who wish to experience living in the wild or outdoors but not if it means living without access to modern amenities, cabin camping is your best bet. With cabin camping, you get to live right next to beautiful natural …

How to Choose the Best Camp Equipment With the best camp equipment, you’ll be able to create a home away from home no matter when or where you go camping. Tent The first thing you should consider is its size. It must be large enough to accommodate you …

Lake Metigoshe State Park Travel fourteen miles NE past the town of Bottineau, which is right along the U.S. – Canada borders and you’ll be able to reach the quaintly charming Lake Metigoshe State Park of North Dakota. What You Can Do in Lake Metigoshe …

How to Choose the Best Camping Chairs for Your Trip There are a number of factors to consider when you’re on a shopping trip for camping chairs. The price is an important factor, but there are other just as important things that you should take into ac …

How Do You Start a Camp Ground Business? Although starting a camp ground business requires putting up considerable capital, the potential for profit is enormous especially if you take into account the tips below. Land The cost of acquiring land for you …

Winter Birding in North Dakota Winter birding isn’t easy to do, considering the somewhat harsh climate of North Dakota, but there are a couple of even tougher birds that are able to withstand cold and stay in the state throughout the winter. These incl …

Climbing in North Dakota State Parks Climbing in North Dakota state parks is an exhilarating but potentially dangerous experience. Do not attempt it without a guide if you are lacking in experience and skill as well as familiarity of the terrain. Types …

Biking in North Dakota State Parks If you wish to enjoy biking in North Dakota state parks, the first thing you should do is to determine which trails are appropriate or specifically designated for mountain biking. With the exception of the multipurpos …

Water Sports in North Dakota State Parks Canoeing and kayaking are the most popular water sports in North Dakota state parks. Give it a try and you’ll be able to test the waters of North Dakota in an unforgettable and thrilling ride. The Best Spots for …

If you’re going to travel on foot to reach your camping site, you’re probably concerned about how much weight a camp grill could add to your pack. Thankfully, modern camp grills nowadays are compact in size and made of lightweight materials, which make …

Tips for a Fun Family Vacation at Beach Campsites Here are step-by-step tips on what you can do to ensure a fun vacation for your family at beach campsites. Find a family-friendly beach campsite. Family-friendly beach campsites offer recreational areas …

Lake Sakakawea State Park Lake Sakakawea State Park is home to one of the 3 largest man-made lakes or reservoirs in the country, covering more than 360,000 acres of ground and reaching all the way to Willston as a segment of the Missouri River system. …

Lewis & Clark State Park Take H1804 and head SE towards Willston. After about nineteen miles, you’ll reach Lewis & Clark State Park, one of the many attractions in the country that pays tribute to the 19th century historic expedition of explorers Meriw …

Turtle River State Park Take Highway 2 and head west of Grand Forks. Travel about 22 miles and you’ll soon be past the gates of Turtle River State Park. So pack your gear and head out for a great time in North Dakota What to Do in Turtle River State Pa …

Buyer’s Guide to Camp Cots Compared to sleeping bags, camp cots offer more space and comfort but you’ll have to furnish your own blankets. They are, however, heavier to carry and this could be a problem if you’re traveling on foot or if you have little …

Camp Chairs – What’s the Occasion? So what is the best camp chair for you? That depends on your needs: Long-Distance Camping Trips Unless you have your own butler with you to carry your things then you’ll need to consider how much added weight you can …

How to Enjoy Your First Try at Beach Camping If it’s your first time with beach camping then here are a couple of tips to make your trip as trouble-free and enjoyable as possible. Choose your destination well. Since it’s your first time camping on the …

What is Backcountry Camping? Backcountry camping is a challenging outdoor experience that puts your strength, stamina, and survival skills to the test as you explore nature in its rawest form and interact with its inhabitants in their territory. Areas …

What is the Best Camp Chair for You? To answer that, you’ll need to ask yourself another question. What are you looking for in a camp chair? Price Are you working with a very strict budget and interested only in purchasing the most affordable camp chai …

Survival Tips If You Are Not Camping Near Campsite You can only face the true challenges of outdoor survival when you are not camping near campsite facilities. When you are out on your own, without access to electricity and other modern utilities, you’ …

Tips for Family Camp Safety Staying in a family camp is a great way for the family to enjoy quality time together, but it’s also sure to test your patience with your kids. There are so many ways that your children could get themselves into trouble in a …

Vacation Tips at Beach Campgrounds Enjoy an all-natural twist to your summer vacation with a stay at beach campgrounds. Forget about modern conveniences and rediscover the delights of simple living. Choosing the Best Beach Campgrounds Research the beac …

Tips for Setting up Camp in a Beach Campground The formula for the perfect beach camping vacation is simple: great weather, great company, and the tips below. Learn how to cook outdoors before leaving. If you’re going to bring a grill with you then mak …

What Kind of Backpack Chair Do You Need? A backpack chair may either be converted into a backpack itself or come with a backpack for portable use. Models differ according to price, feature, and quality. Price Range The most affordable and basic backpac …

Tips for Camp Food Packing Packing camp food is just as important as your first aid kit and tent. Here’s what you must know: Start with water. If you’re not entirely sure you’ll be passing by any source of freshwater then the #1 in your camp food check …

Tips for Finding the Best Camping Chair Believe it or not, camping chairs have been around for a long, long time. The history of the camping chair goes as far back as the ancient empires of Rome, Greece, and Egypt. In Roman times, for example, the chai …