Fort Stevenson to host biking event

Fort Stevenson State Park will host an event from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday for National Bike Your Park Day.

Park staff will designate a trail, about 4.5 miles long around Fort Stevenson, with a shorter loop available for those wanting less mileage. Participants can bike the trail at their own pace or take off with the group at 1 p.m. The trail begins and ends at the Visitor Center. Register at the Visitor Center before heading out on the trail and then enjoy a S’mores Bar after. 

The park has rental fat tire bikes available. Call the park office at 701-337-5576 by Friday to determine availability.

Fort Stevenson offers nearly 10 miles of trails for hiking, biking and interpretive opportunities with the trail system winding through tree plantings, shrub lands, Ponderosa pine woodlands, wooded ravines, grasslands and native prairie. Trails follow the lake shoreline and wander over remote portions of the park.

There is no fee to attend the event but the park charges a $7 vehicle entrance fee unless a state park annual pass is displayed. Fort Stevenson State Park is located 3 miles south of Garrison. 

Pheasant hunting season opens Oct. 7

North Dakota pheasant hunters are reminded the season opens Oct. 7 and continues through Jan. 7.

In past years, the season typically opened the second Saturday in October. However, the Legislature passed a law which requires the pheasant hunting season to open no later than Oct. 12. 

Shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset. The daily limit is three and possession limit is 12.

Hunters, regardless of age, must have a fishing, hunting and furbearer certificate, and a general game and habitat license. In addition, hunters age 16 and older need a small game license.