Schnell Ranch Recreation Area

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Schnell Ranch Recreation Area

North Dakota

(701) 225-9148

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Overview

The 2,000-acre Schnell Recreation Area was once working cattle ranch that the Schnell family owned and operated for 80 of its 120 years. In 1993, the land became public property through the combined efforts of the Bureau of Land Management, the Conservation Fund, the Richard King Mellon Foundation, and the Schnell family. The native mixed-grass prairie, hardwood draws, and former pasture land provide a variety of wildlife habitats. You might see duck, ring-necked pheasant, sharp-tailed grouse, Hungarian or grey partridge, white-tailed and mule deer, turkey, rabbit, squirrel, porcupine, and neotropical migratory birds such as bluebirds, warblers, and flickers.

Schnell is a non-motorized area with good opportunities for wildlife viewing, nature photography, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, camping, and environmental education. Dispersed primitive tent camping is allowed on the property except along an established 1.5 mile nature trail.

Please help to preserve the area--use only trash receptacles for your garbage. Enjoy natural and cultural objects, such as rocks, flowers, and antlers, but please don't remove them.

Map of Schnell Ranch Rec. Area

Latitude, Longitude: 46.988684, -102.333527

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Activities

  • Bicycling

    Mountain biking is one of many ways to enjoy Schnell Ranch Recreation Area.

  • Camping

    Each of the six campsites has a fire ring, grill, picnic table, lantern holder, and garbage can. Potable water is easily accessible from every site but is only available from mid-April to mid-October. Three vault toilets are easily accessible from the camp sites. Dispersed primitive tent camping is allowed on the property except along an established 1.5 mile nature trail.

  • Horseback Riding

    Horseback riding on the 2,000 acre Schnell Recreation Area gives visitors a glimpse of what it may have been like to ride across the cattle ranch while it was still operating.

  • Hunting

    The native mixed-grass prairie, hardwood draws, and former pasture land provide a variety of wildlife habitats. Hunters will be some of the first to appreciate the diversity of game species that this habitat provides. You might see duck, ring-necked pheasant, sharp-tailed grouse, Hungarian or grey partridge, white-tailed and mule deer, turkey, rabbit, and squirrel.

  • Picnicking

    Grass, trees, and shrubs have been planted in the campground area to reduce dust and to provide shade and a more pleasant surrounding for camping and picnicking. Picnic tables are available at campsites.

  • Water Sports

    Please contact park services for more information.

Seasonality/Weather

While winter snowfall may limit some of the recreational activities available during the summer months, it also allows for cross-country skiing.

Directions

Driving

From Dickinson, drive about 25 miles east on Interstate 94. Take State Highway 8 north to Richardton. Take Old State Highway 10 east from Richardton for about one mile, then turn north on the County Rd and drive about .5 mile to the property boundary. Signs direct you to the Recreation Area.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(701) 225-9148

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