North Dakotans looking to get away in the last days of summer will now have a little more flexibility thanks to regulations being by North Dakota Game and Fish.

The department put out the following release on Monday.

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department will lift the Tuesday-Wednesday camping restriction on state wildlife management areas for the Labor Day holiday week.

The removal of the restriction will allow overnight camping September 5-6 on those WMAs that otherwise have the two-day restriction in place.

A complete list, including other WMA regulations, is available on the Game and Fish website,


However, before you get away, here are some tips to help ensure your holiday weekend away is enjoyable:

  1. Plan and Prepare:
    • Research the camping area's rules, regulations, and weather conditions before you go.
    • Create an itinerary and share it with someone you trust, so they know your plans and can raise an alarm if needed.
  2. Pack Adequately:
    • Pack appropriate clothing for varying weather conditions, including rain gear, warm layers, and extra socks.
    • Carry a well-stocked first aid kit and any necessary medications.
    • Bring enough food and water, considering the duration of your stay.
  3. Choose a Safe Campsite:
    • Set up camp away from hazardous areas such as cliffs, riverbanks, and potential avalanche zones.
    • Look for level ground to pitch your tent to avoid rolling during the night.
  4. Campfire Safety:
    • Check local regulations for campfire permissions or bans.
    • Keep the campfire within a designated fire ring or pit.
    • Keep a bucket of water or a fire extinguisher nearby and fully extinguish the fire before leaving.
  5. Wildlife Awareness:
    • Store food securely in bear-resistant containers or hang it from a tree branch.
    • Avoid feeding wildlife, as it can disrupt their natural behaviors and be potentially dangerous.
  6. Hygiene and Waste Disposal:
    • Follow Leave No Trace principles by packing out all trash and waste, including biodegradable items like food scraps.
    • Use established restroom facilities if available. If not, follow proper techniques for digging a cat hole for waste disposal.
  7. Stay Hydrated:
    • Carry an adequate supply of clean drinking water and drink regularly to avoid dehydration, especially in hot weather.
  8. Weather Awareness:
    • Stay informed about the weather forecast and be prepared for sudden changes.
    • Pack appropriate clothing and gear to handle varying weather conditions.
  9. Navigation:
    • Carry a map, compass, or GPS device to help you navigate trails and avoid getting lost.
  10. Emergency Communication:
    • Bring a fully charged cell phone or satellite communicator for emergency situations.
    • Know the local emergency numbers and how to reach help in the area.
  11. Insect Protection:
    • Wear insect repellent to protect against ticks, mosquitoes, and other insects.
    • Inspect yourself regularly for ticks, especially in wooded areas.
  12. Stay in Groups:
    • Camp with a group whenever possible to enhance safety and support.
    • Avoid hiking or exploring alone, especially in remote areas.

To ensure you have a positive and pleasurable experience in the great outdoors, keep in mind that camping safety is essential. You can minimize hazards and concentrate on making enduring memories during your camping trip by paying attention to these suggestions and utilizing common sense.

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