Nestled in the scenic Turtle Mountains, Lake Metigoshe State Park is one of the most popular year-round vacation spots in North Dakota. The lake is noted for its northern pike, walleye and perch fishing, while the rolling hills, aspen forests and small lakes attract nature and photography lovers to the area. The Old Oak Trail, a National Recreation Trail, is found within the park boundaries.
Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are popular winter activities at the forested park that lies within the Turtle Mountains. Wide, groomed trails cut swaths through the heavily forested areas. The 1,500-acres park offers cross-country ski and snowshoes rentals. There are four trails totaling about 8.5 miles through the aspen forests and wetlands
Lake Metigoshe State Park is well-known for its groomed snowmobile trails, making it a destination for those who enjoy a change of scenery. The 3.7-mile Peace Garden Snowmobile Trail runs from the park to the Peace Garden. Remember to stay on the trails at all times.
Hikers should make it a point to walk the three-mile Old Oak Trail. The self-guided interpretive trail takes about two hours to hike but is well worth it to get experience the quiet solitude of the winter landscape.
And when you are done for the day, snuggle up to a warm fire in one of the cabins, yurts or dormitories within the park. Year-round cabins are the Slemmen, White Pelican and Loon lodges. Each is tucked into the woods and are equipped with bathroom, shower, kitchen and gas fireplace. The cabins are easy to access from park trails.
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