Some Camping Restrictions Lifted for Independence Day Holiday
BISMARCK, ND - In recognition of the Fourth of July celebration, outdoor recreationists can set up camp Tuesday and Wednesday, July 2-3 on some wildlife management areas that typically prohibit overnight camping those two days of the week.

This waiver applies to the following WMAs in western North Dakota and along Lake Sakakawea: North Lemmon Lake in Adams County; Bull Creek in Billings County; Alkali Creek and Spring Creek in Bowman County; Smishek Lake and Short Creek Dam in Burke County; Harris M. Baukol in Divide County; Killdeer Mountains in Dunn County; Camels Hump Lake in Golden Valley County; Indian Creek in Hettinger County; Audubon, Custer Mine, Deepwater Creek, deTrobriand, Douglas Creek and Wolf Creek in McLean County; Beaver Creek and Hille in Mercer County; Storm Creek in Morton County; Cedar Lake and Speck Davis Pond in Slope County; and McGregor Dam in Williams County.

However, regardless of the holiday, camping is still prohibited every day of the week at the following WMAs: Antelope Creek, Lewis and Clark, Big Oxbow, Ochs Point, Neuís Point, Overlook, Sullivan and Tobacco Garden in McKenzie County; Van Hook in Mountrail County; and Hofflund and Trenton in Williams County.

Camping restrictions at all WMAs are posted at entry points.

Outdoor recreationists also are reminded that fireworks on state wildlife management areas are prohibited.

Other WMA use regulations are available on the Game and Fish website, www.gf.nd.gov.

-Greg Freeman, ND Game and Fish Dept.