Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
The Pembina Gorge is a forested valley of striking proportions. Carved by glacial meltwaters, the Gorge and its tributaries encompass one of the largest woodland blocks and longest, deepest unaltered river valleys in North Dakota.
Background Information: The Gorge has been the focus of several investigations. Its birds, mammals, plant life, vegetation and geology are relatively well documented. A bibliography of the studies, reports, and articles that have been published on the Gorge is available from the North Dakota Game and Fish Department. Information on recreational opportunities in the vicinity of the Gorge is available from the North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department.
Facilities: The Pembina River allows for canoe access in the spring. There are no public facilities in the Pembina Gorge.
Ownership and Contacts: The Gorge is a mosaic of private and public lands, with the North Dakota Game and Fish Department and North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department constituting the primary public landowners. North of Pembina River (Vang) Bridge approximately 3,900 acres are in public ownership. In most instances the public tracts are inaccessible to vehicular traffic. For further information contact: North Dakota Game and Fish Department, District Office, Devils Lake, ND 58301 or North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department, 1424 W. Century Avenue, Suite 202, Bismarck, ND 58501.
ALEXIS DUXBURY is a natural resources botanist for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department in Bismarck, N.D.