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North Dakota Field Office
Release Date: 05/17/12
Contacts: Mark Jacobsen    
  (406) 233-2831    

BLM Schnell Rec Area open for summer use

                DICKINSON, N.D. ---- The Bureau of Land Management North Dakota Field Office would like to encourage responsible visitor use of the Schnell Recreation Area ahead of Memorial Day weekend and the summer travel season.

                The popular destination located 28 miles east of Dickinson near Richardton hosts a variety of amenities including six campsites, as well as picnic tables, fire rings, grills, potable water and toilet facilities. Tent camping is permitted throughout the area and a separate picnic area adjoins one of the picturesque ponds frequented by songbirds and waterfowl. 

Schnell Recreation Area is composed of 2,000 acres of native prairie and wooded draws which have been set aside for recreation, wildlife habitat and environmental education by the BLM. Nature trails are located on-site and hikers can enjoy viewing the assortment of northern plains flora and fauna which make this area their home.

                Visitors are reminded that the campsites are available for up to two weeks in a 30-day period for a fee of $5 per night. Payment is made at a self-service collection tube located near the entrance to the camping area. Campers are responsible for keeping their area clean and litter-free and to be mindful of local fire restrictions prior to building open campfires which must be contained in the fire rings provided. Fireworks are prohibited.

                To reach the Schnell Recreation Area take the I-94 Richardton exit 84; drive ¾ mile north to Highway 10; turn right and go 1 ¼ mile east; turn left and go one mile north following the curve to the right and then go one mile east to the parking area.

For more information about recreation on BLM-administered lands in North Dakota contact Natural Resource Specialist Shelly Gerhart at 701.227.7741. For the latest BLM news and updates visit us on the web at: and on Facebook at:

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

North Dakota Field Office   99 23rd Avenue W.      Dickinson, North Dakota 58601  

Last updated: 06-28-2012