Cross Ranch State Park unveils its new York Cabin
Just in time for winter, Cross Ranch State Park has unveiled a cozy, new cabin.
North Dakota Parks and Recreation announced the York Cabin's opening Wednesday. The cabin in the woods features a full kitchen, private bedroom, full bathroom with shower, living room and sleeping loft.
The York Cabin is reservable year-round for $125 per night. Up to six people are allowed per night. The cabin is handicap-accessible.
Renters must bring their own bedding, towels and toiletries.
Cross Ranch has other cabins available to rent as well as yurts.
Fisheries crews complete annual salmon spawning
Fisheries crews have completed their annual salmon spawning operation on the Missouri River system after collecting more than 2.5 million eggs.
Dave Fryda, North Dakota Game and Fish Department Missouri River System supervisor, said crews easily collected enough eggs to stock the 400,000 smolts planned for Lake Sakakawea in 2018.
The majority of eggs were collected from Lake Sakakawea, with help from the Missouri River below Garrison Dam. Average size of Lake Sakakawea female salmon was 6.2 pounds, about 1.2 pounds smaller than last year. Fryda said there was an abundance of young male salmon, which forecasts a good run for the next couple years.
Additional surplus eggs were provided to South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks to help with its Lake Oahe salmon program.
Chinook salmon begin their spawning run in October. Since salmon cannot naturally reproduce in North Dakota, Game and Fish Department and Garrison Dam National Fish Hatchery personnel collect eggs and transport them to the hatchery.
Once the eggs hatch, young salmon spend several months in the hatchery before being stocked in Lake Sakakawea.
-- Compiled from staff reports and press releases