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Meredith Holt, Published July 18 2013

5 ways to enjoy North Dakota's outdoors

FARGO – There’s about a month left before school starts, and there’s still plenty of summer weather to enjoy.

Sara Otte Coleman, North Dakota’s tourism director, offers five ways to explore the state’s outdoors.

1. Bird-watching.

The North Dakota bird-watcher’s checklist lists 370 species in the state.

See how many you can find at Moffit’s Long Lake National Wildlife Refuge Complex, recently listed by Wildbird Magazine as a top 10 birding site.

For more information, visit www.fws.gov/longlake.

2. Hit the beach.

North Dakota may be land-locked, but there are plenty of beaches to explore.

• Fort Stevenson State Park on Lake Sakakawea’s north shore offers a marina and boat rental.

• Lake Ashtabula, 12 miles northwest of Valley City, is situated in one of the most scenic river valleys in the state.

• The Jamestown Reservoir has 45 miles of shoreline and more than 2,000 acres of surface area.

3. Go golfing.

North Dakota has 116 nine- and 18-hole courses, more per capita than any other state.

Check out the Lewis and Clark Golf Trail, 200 holes spread out among 19 courses along the explorers’ path.

To learn more, go to http://lewisandclarkgolftrail.com.

4. Take in a game.

Cheer on the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks with friends, family and stadium food at Fargo’s Newman Outdoor Field.

For ticket info, go to www.fmredhawks.com.

5. Saddle up.

Cowboys are hanging on at rodeos across the state all summer long.

Ashley, Hettinger and Morton County hold rodeos next month.

If you want to saddle up yourself, check out one of the state’s many horseback-riding trails.

Just north of Killdeer awaits 6,000 acres of badlands to ride.

For prices, go to www.badlandstrailrides.com.

For more outdoor adventure ideas, go to NDtourism.com or call (800) 435-5663 or (701) 328-2525.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Meredith Holt at (701) 241-5590