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Lake Metigoshe State Park, Bottineau

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  • I came to the park with the specific purpose of riding mtb. I am from Minot, ND but have spent a lot of time hiking in the Rocky Mountains. If you are coming here expecting the Rockies, or even the Oz...  more »
  • Spent 3 nights in the Cormorant cabin in the park. This cabin has a great view of School Section Lake and is close to the entrance of the park. Even without running water it was a wonderful stay. It w...  more »
  • Drove in this morning wanting to see where the cabins in the park sit. Nice locations but nothing as close to the water as I'd hoped. Also if the roads are wet it could be messy as they are gravel goi...  more »
  • Wife and I came for the weekend and we're really surprised that the campgrounds were not completely packed! It was nice and quiet and we only had one neighbor, a very nice local couple. There are two loops in the modern campground. The smaller loop is where we stayed and a word of advice... if you have anything thing more than a 23ft travel trailer you will not fit in this loop (and you would need shorter for a few of these sites). The sites in the small loop share a water hookup, so bring a Y-splitter at at least 30ft of hose. The bath house in the small loop is quite old and could use some work, but it was clean. I can not speak for the larger loops bath house, but the larger loop is where you need to be with a longer trailer (but it was also much busier). The two loops share a new and very nice playground. It was probably one of the largest playgrounds I have seen in a campground. The day use area is very nice with lots of parking right on a beach with a swimming area. The bathrooms here are really nice. There is also tent camping in very close proximity to the beach. There is also a nice off leash dog area between the beach area and the public water access. We made our way down to the beach each night to watch the beautiful sunsets across the lake. Overall we are so glad we made the trip! If you have time, it is only a short drive up to the International Peace Garden. You do not need a passport, but it is recommended to make things a little speedier. Turtle Mountain Provincial park is also right across the board into Manitoba. There are two look out towers you can hike to. The tower on Lake Adam is the shorter of the two hikes (maps, day passes, & help available at the ranger station in the modern campground on the north side of Adam Lake).
  • Came for the mountain bike trails but I have also rented canoes here. There really is quite a bit to do at the park and a lot of beautiful scenery. Large variety of birds in the area with a checklist available if you want to keep track of what you've seen. I came in late May and there were a lot of dragonflies, mosquitoes were not as bad as expected though. Typical warnings about ticks and Lyme disease were up but I didn't get any ticks, just make sure you check thoroughly when you get back to camp. I wore pants, a helmet, and protective glasses. The singletrack that is available is pretty cool, and fun to ride. I've never ridden anything wild yet and I think that's a big reason this area isn't more highly reviewed. If you come in expecting the Rocky Mountains with Moab downhills you will be dissapointed. This is still ND, and yes the Turtle Mountains are actually just hills. Come for the wildlife and scenery, great food, people, and large variety of things to do and you won't regret it. Hope to see you on the trails!
  • Pleasantly surprised. Very nice park and we hit it at the right time of year... Non-peak.
  • It was a fun time. Traveling across the country into Canada, we tent camp here. It was in the fall and the place was very quiet.
  • Very nice park and camp ground on the lake. Summer and winter fun. Great trails for snowmobiling and cross country skiing.