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A popular vacation spot in the summer, Lake Metigoshe State Park also provides ample habitats for wildlife. The entire park is a wildlife sanctuary and harbors an abundance of woodland creatures. Visitors may occasionally see moose and white-tailed deer along with a wide variety of small mammals: squirrels, woodchucks, beaver, mink, chipmunks and muskrats. Lake Metigoshe is located north of Bottineau in the Turtle Mountain region and the state park includes aspen woodlands, streams and open fields.
Birds to See:
Bufflehead Duck, Canvasback, Common Loon, American Wigeon, Northern Shoveler, Red-tailed Hawk, Green-winged Teal, Swamp Sparrow, Red-necked Grebe, Northern Water-Thrush, Gold-winged Warbler, Common Tern, Red-eyed and Philadelphia Vireo, Ovenbird and Eastern Phoebe. Thirty-seven of the over 174 birds that may be observed at the park are on the Natural Heritage Program’s list of state rare bird species.
Cooper’s Hawk, Hooded Merganser, Cinnamon Teal, Turkey Vulture, LeConte’s Sparrow, Baird’s Sparrow and Loggerhead Shrike.
The park is located on the East shore of Lake Metigoshe in the Turtle Mountains, 14 miles northeast of Bottineau, along the US/Canadian border.
Bottineau, North Dakota