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Pembina Gorge State Recreation Area
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101 5th Street
Walhalla, North Dakota   58282
(lat:48.9147 lon:-97.9184) map location

Phone: 701-549-2444
The Pembina Gorge State Recreation Area has become a top destination for adventure seekers throughout North Dakota and the surrounding states. The Pembina Gorge State Recreation Area encompasses over 2,800 acres of public land in the Pembina River Gorge. With steep valley cliffs towering over small, isolated prairies and pocketed wetlands surrounded by the largest continuous, undisturbed forest in North Dakota, its stunning beauty is simply unmatched.
The recreation area offers a variety of boating options for visitors. The Pembina River is perfect for canoeing, kayaking and tubing with equipment rentals available on-site. There are also guided tours offered which allow guests to explore the river while learning about local wildlife and history from an experienced guide. However, it's important to note that motorized boats aren't allowed in order to preserve the natural beauty of the environment.
Kayak rentals and transportation are available by contacting the on-site staff.
Anglers can enjoy fishing in the Pembina River, home to Northern Pike and Walleye. The river also boasts Smallmouth Bass.

The area's numerous creeks offer opportunities for catching Brook Trout.

Ice fishing is popular during winter months with a variety of species available under the ice.

Fishing equipment rentals are provided within the park making it convenient for visitors without gear.

Pembina Gorge State Recreation Area is
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With the extensive trail system, the Pembina Gorge State Recreation Area is a one of a kind riding experience for Equestrians. Please note that all of the trails except Lady Slipper are also open OHVs, bikers, and hikers. Lady Slipper Trail is non-motorized trail open to bikers, hikers, and horseback riders only.

Equestrian riders need to purchase a horse pass. Daily and annual options are available and are required per horse. Permits are available for purchase in the office or online. The money generated from these fees goes towards maintaining horse trails.
Pembina Gorge State Recreation Area offers scenic picnic spots with tables, grills and restrooms. No reservation is required for picnicking.
Venturing into this location, one can find a variety of biking trails suitable for different skill levels.

The area boasts over 20 miles of multi-use single-track trail systems.

These paths are open to mountain bikers and offer diverse terrain with varying difficulty levels.

However, it's crucial to note that these routes may be challenging due to steep inclines and rough surfaces.

For safety reasons, helmets should always be worn while cycling in the park's rugged landscape.

Also remember that weather conditions might affect the state of tracks; caution is advised during wet periods.

Bikers must respect other users by yielding appropriately on shared trails within this recreational site.

Lastly, ensure you're equipped with necessary supplies such as water or repair kits before embarking on your journey through nature here.
With over 30 miles of trails, the Pembina Gorge provides visitors with an exceptional outdoor experience. The trails at the Pembina Gorge are open to horseback riding, hiking, kayaking, mountain biking and off-highway vehicles OHV. There are also opportunities for non-motorized recreation on groomed trails in the winter season.
The area offers birding opportunities with over 100 species of birds. Birdwatchers can spot rare and migratory birds, including the elusive Connecticut Warbler. The park's diverse habitats attract a variety of avian life throughout the year.

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