Go to Pembina Gorge State Recreation Area for Water Sports, Hiking, Biking, and Other Trail Fun

Park Overview:


Pembina Gorge is the largest naturally forested valley in the entire state of North Dakota. It is found just northeast of the city of Walhalla and stretches up to the Canadian border. The deep gorge is made of marine shale sculpted by the glacial melt waters of the Pembina River and its smaller tributaries.

Pembina Gorge is actually composed of three different topographical areas: coniferous forests, deciduous forests, and a rolling prairie. It is home to more than 480 species of plants, more than 75 species of birds, and the only indigenous elk in the state.

To reach Pembina Gorge, drive six miles west of Walhalla to Pembina River Bridge.


This area is known to be the site of the oldest Native American communities in North Dakota, where Sioux, the Chippewa, and the Assiniboine fought against one another for the complete dominion over the territory.

In the early 1700s, French-Canadian explorer and fur trader Pierre Gaultier de La Verendrye reached the area. This signaled the start of Pembina’s reputation as a fur-trading post and, later on, a place for trading American Bison.


There are no amenities in Pembina Gorge, except for hiking trails and trails for off-highway vehicles (OHV); this is due to the state government’s efforts to preserve the natural beauty of the place.


Although there are few man-made amenities in Pembina Gorge, this is no obstacle for enjoying the beauty and adventure the valley provides. Hiking, off-road biking, and horseback riding are encouraged, as well as boating and canoeing in the summer. In the winter, Pembina Gorge is an excellent place for snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling. Further, the valley is also one of the best places for wildlife viewing in North Dakota.

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Park Details:
Park Name: Pembina Gorge State Recreation Area Showers:td>

State Park: No Electrical Hookups: No
Address: 101 5th St. Walhalla, North Dakota Playground: No
City: Walhalla Acreage: 12500
State: North Dakota Horses Allowed: Yes
Zip Code: 58282 Picknicking: No
Phone Number: (701) 549-2444 Boating: Yes
Toll Free Number: Canoeing: Yes
Reservation Number: Water Skiing: No
Email Address: pgsra@nd.gov Fishing: Yes
RV Sites: No Swimming: No
Pets Allowed: No Restaurant: No
Hiking: Yes Reservations Allowed: No
Biking: Yes Others: Hunting, downhill skiing, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, off-highway vehicle riding
Cabins & Lodging: No Tent Camping: No


There are no fees required to enter Pembina Gorge and enjoy it.

Hours and Seasons:

The state recreation area is open during all seasons.