Boating in Theodore Roosevelt National Park
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In this remote region of North Dakota, float trips down the Little Missouri River, designated a State Scenic River, can be hit or miss depending on water levels. When adequate flows exist, the 110 mi stretch of meandering, muddy water is a wonderful way to experience the North Dakota badlands and the stark scenery of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. River ice generally recedes in April, with the best canoeing in May and June. Floating this stretch of the Little Missouri is generally not pursued after June, when flows diminish. Float trips are usually done by individuals rather than outfitters. Boaters can camp along the riverbanks within the park boundaries, but a backcountry use permit is required and open fires are never permitted.
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