The North Dakota Game and Fish Department will close the Lewis and Clark and Trenton wildlife management areas to night use, except for those actively engaged in legal fishing and hunting activities. Effective once the signs are in place, the use restriction applies from one hour after sunset to one hour before sunrise.
Robert Timian, enforcement chief, said these two public lands in McKenzie and Williams counties are meant to be used for outdoor recreation associated with hunting, fishing and trapping. But in the last few years, he said there have been a number of activities, especially at night, that negatively impact the principle uses of these areas.
“This restriction will give our enforcement staff an additional tool to help return the wildlife management areas to the uses for which they were established,” Timian said.
Lewis and Clark and Trenton wildlife management areas encompass nearly 15,000 acres of public land along the Missouri River and Lake Sakakawea.
Signs announcing the new restriction will be posted at all entrances.