North Dakota

Places We Protect

Use this map or browse the list below to explore places we protect in North Dakota.

The Nature Conservancy currently owns and manages more than 16,000 acres in North Dakota. Most of our land is open to the public for outdoor recreation.

We do not maintain trails or facilities at most our preserves nor do we have staff on duty. Please prepare for your visit and take proper precautions by reviewing our Preserve Visitation Guidelines.

The Conservancy has 5 preserves in the state and we provide hunting opportunities at all of them.


Brown Ranch
The Sheyenne Delta, which encompasses Brown Ranch, was a river delta formed at the place where the Sheyenne River flowed into Glacial Lake Agassiz. This lake covered the Red River Valley some 15,000 years ago.

Cross Ranch Preserve
Cross Ranch, 30 miles north of Mandan, is located along the only free-flowing section of the Missouri River in North Dakota.

Davis Ranch
Davis Ranch is one of the largest prairie landscapes in the Missouri Coteau. It is a mosaic of high quality northern mixed-grass prairie studded with fresh, alkaline, ephemeral and permanent wetlands.


John E. Williams Preserve
John E. Williams Preserve, central North Dakota, near Turtle Lake, has gently rolling grasslands with numerous wetlands and large alkali lakes.

Pigeon Point Preserve
Canoeing the Sheyenne River, photography, bird watching, and mountain biking, hiking, and horseback riding on the North Country National Scenic Trail are some of the activities in which you can participate at the Preserve and in the area.


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