Natural Family Fun is in Store for You at Little Metigoshe State Recreation Area

Park Overview:


Just half a mile west of Lake Metigoshe State Park, one of the most visited tourist attractions in North Dakota, is nestled the quieter, undoubtedly less popular Little Metigoshe State Recreation Area.

To reach the site from the town of Bottineau, simply drive 14 miles northeast to the state park and continue on west for another half mile on Lake Loop Drive until you reach the recreation area.


Lake Metigoshe got its name from the Native American Indian “Metigoshe Washegum,” which means, “clear water lake surrounded by oaks.”

The Chippewa natives gave the lake its name, and settled on its banks too, along with the neighboring Blackfoot, Hidatsa, and the Assiniboine.


Picnic tables are aplenty for group or family picnics in Little Metigoshe. These surround a sand volleyball court and are placed near a boating dock. There are no campsites or hiking trails found in Little Metigoshe, though.


Water is the primary reason for visiting Little Metigoshe, whether it be summer or winter, but families and groups of friends also go to the place for picnics and outdoor gatherings.

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Park Details:
Park Name: Little Metigoshe State Recreation Area Showers: No
State Park: No Electrical Hookups: No
Address: Lake Loop Drive,

Bottineau, North


Playground: No
City: Bottineau Acreage: 0
State: North Dakota Horses Allowed: No
Zip Code: 58318 Picknicking: Yes
Phone Number: (701) 263-4651 Boating: Yes
Toll Free Number: Canoeing: Yes
Reservation Number: Water Skiing: No
Email Address: Fishing: Yes
RV Sites: No Swimming: No
Pets Allowed: No Restaurant: No
Hiking: No Reservations Allowed: No
Biking: No Others: Sand volleyball

court, vault toilets,

winter ice fishing

Cabins & Lodging: No Tent Camping: No


To inquire about rates at Little Metigoshe, you may call the Lake Metigoshe State Park administration at (701) 263-4651.

Hours and Seasons:

The state recreation area is for day-use only, but it is open for boaters and picnickers all year round.