History, Site Seeing and Recreation
The locals can tell you there is never a lack of things to do in Northwestern North Dakota.
It’s hard to think of an outdoor sport not available. Guidance on fishing, hiking, bird watching, biking, boating and hunting is readily available from the Williston Convention and Visitors Bureau, the State of North Dakota, or from just about any local.
The area is rich with stories of Lewis and Clark, fur trappers, early settlers and wranglers. To prove it, national parks, museums and historic sites are positioned throughout the area.
When it comes to shopping, all the essentials are easily available through select national retailers and local grocers. What you won’t find is a shopping mall full of chain stores. Instead you’ll also discover boutique shopping at its best: “one of a kind” treasures at antique stores, a good read at the most comfortable book store in the upper Midwest, kitchen gadgets, exquisite jewelry, distinctive gifts, original art and striking home décor.
For the high rollers, Four Bears Casino and Lodge, 50 miles from the course, offers big name entertainment year round and “any kind of stakes” gambling you are ready for.
A growing interest in Northwestern North Dakota is bird watching.
To learn of the 365 species on the ND Birdwatching Checklist, call the ND Birding Hotline 701-250-4451
Bird watching is one of the most popular forms of nature-related recreation. Bird watching can be as simple as enjoying birds that come to your backyard bird feeder. Or it can be as complex as learning bird songs by ear, or traveling across the country to add birds to a “life list.” All you need is a good pair of eyes (though binoculars sure help!) and a field guide.
Text credit: www.ndparks.com
Dine on walleye, fight a Northern, snag a prehistoric Paddlefish or travel upstream with salmon. Whether you’re looking for a trophy or good eating, you’ll catch it near The Links of North Dakota. Boat ramps and guide services are abundant.
For anglers, North Dakota has hundreds of places to fish for walleye, northern pike, bass, perch, trout, and bluegill. Lake Sakakawea is nationally recognized for its Chinook salmon and walleye fishing.
HISTORIC UNION TRADING AND HISTORIC POST
50 minutes from the course
John Jacob Astor’s American Fur Company built Fort Union Trading Post in 1828 near the junction of the Missouri and Yellowstone rivers in what is now North Dakota.
Photo and text credit: Visitors take in an interpretive program at Fort Union. NPS Photo – 2002
FORT BUFORD HISTORIC SITE
47 minutes from the course
Fort Buford, located near present-day Williston, was one of a number of military posts established to protect overland and river routes used by immigrants settling the West. While it served an essential role as the sentinel on the northern plains for twenty-nine years, it is probably best remembered as the place where the famous Hunkpapa Sioux leader, Sitting Bull, surrendered in 1881.
Photo and text credit: State Historical Society of North Dakota
MISSOURI YELLOWSTONE CONFLUENCE
45 minutes from the course
The Missouri-Yellowstone Confluence Interpretive Center is located 1/2 mile east of Fort Buford State Historic Site.
Photo and text credit: Confluence Area Interpretive Center
State Historical Society of North Dakota
BUFFALO TRAILS MUSEUM
20 minutes from the course
The Buffalo Trails Museum is located in Williams County in Northwestern North Dakota and is dedicated to preserving a record of the prairie land, of its early Indian inhabitants, and of the trials and triumphs of the plains pioneer.
Epping is located off state highway 42, [where 42 intersects county road #8], about twenty miles Northeast of Williston.
Photo and text credit: www.epping.govoffice.com
THEODORE ROOSEVELT NATIONAL PARK UNIT
90 minutes from the course
Theodore Roosevelt National Park
The North Unit is located 15 miles south of Watford City, ND.
The South Unit is located in Medora, ND. home to the Bully Pulpit Golf course on the Triple Play Pass offered at the course.
Photo credit: North Dakota badlands – NPS Photo