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That's how hunting and fishing is in the Williston area! Come find excellent access to Lake Sakakawea and surrounding fishing waters. Plus, hunt vast public and private lands for deer, pheasants and much more. Many new hotels and restaurants provide a comfortable end to the day.


Fish the Missouri River, Yellowstone River and Lake Sakakawea for walleye, northern pike, perch, trout and bass. Or come in May when the prehistoric paddlefish come to the Missouri & Yellowstone Confluence each year to spawn. For hunting and fishing licenses and information, contact the North Dakota Game and Fish Department.


The Williston area offers vast opportunities to hunt a great range of habitat. The river bottom and Badlands are plentiful with waterfowl, small and upland game, pronghorn and mule deer.

Bird Watching

Many parks, wildlife management areas and grasslands in the area provide glimpses of some of the 365 species listed on the North Dakota Bird Watching Checklist.

Canoeing & Kayaking

This is another favorite activity for Williston explorers. With the Yellowstone River, Missouri River and nearby Lake Sakakawea, paddlers have an abundance of water to begin their journeys.

Lewis and Clark State Park

A tribute to Lewis and Clark’s adventures, this state park has interpretive trail markers highlighting their expedition. Throughout the park you’ll find self-guided nature trails that lead visitors into the habitats of many wildlife species, including white-tailed deer and ring-necked pheasant. The park has a marina and boat ramp that provide access for anglers and water sport enthusiasts. Lake Sakakawea is an angler’s walleye, sauger and northern pike paradise in the summer and ice fishing heaven in the winter.

16 miles E of Williston on Hwy 1804

(701) 859-3071

Theodore Roosevelt National Park - North Unit

On September 8, 1883, 24-year-old Theodore Roosevelt was looking for adventure when he stepped off a train in Dakota Territory. Within 10 days, he had entered into a partnership to raise cattle on the Maltese Cross Ranch. Over the next few years, Teddy Roosevelt lived the life of a cowboy! Today, the colorful North Dakota Badlands provide the scenic backdrop to the park honoring our 26th President. The area is home to bison, mule deer, white-tailed deer, bighorn sheep, prairie dogs and over 180 species of songbirds. The aesthetic beauty can be enjoyed while hiking over several North Unit trails.

60 miles S of Williston on Hwy 85

(70)1 842-2333

North Dakota Game & Fish Department

(701) 774-4320

American Legion Park
18 miles south of Williston - Hiking/Day use only

Williston, ND 58801

Davidson Park Outdoor Rink
11th St W & Davidson Dr
Williston, ND 
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Painted Wood Sporting Complex
Painted woods is located west of Williston ND. It offers sporting clays, five stand, rifle and pistol ranges.
(701) 770-5271
145th Ave NW
Williston, ND 58801
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Trenton Lake Recreation Area
45 145 Ave
Trenton, Nd 58853
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