Officials are expecting visitation to North Dakota State Parks to top 1 million for a fourth consecutive year, according to a press release.
Through the third quarter of this year visitation came up just short of that mark. Through September, there were 999,573 visitors, a 13 percent increase from the third quarter of last year.
State Parks and Recreation Director Mark Zimmerman said North Dakota’s park system is thriving, a trend not seen in the rest of the nation.
“Instead of having to cut services or even close parks, we’re looking at how the parks can better serve their customers,” Zimmerman said.
Flood-threatened roads at Grahams Island State Park on Devils Lake have been raised and 48 new campsites will open next year.
Other plans are to expand facilities at Lewis and Clark State Park and develop a master plan for Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park.