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Published June 15, 2011, 10:09 PM

More planning required for ND vacation

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Flooding in western North Dakota has impacted several tourist attractions. Getting in the car and heading toward western North Dakota for vacation this year will take a little more planning than usual.

By: Teri Finneman , WDAY

Sara Otte Coleman - Tourism Director: “We're kind of putting the adventure back into travel this year with some new obstacles and new things that people have to plan around.”

Flooding has created complications not only for home owners but for tourism. Attractions like the Minot and Bismarck zoos and the Bismarck riverboat remain closed. But officials say there are still plenty of opportunities for a North Dakota vacation this year.

Otte Coleman: “The bulk of the attractions throughout the state are still opened and ready and receiving lots of visitors on a daily basis.”

This includes Medora and the Bully Pulpit Golf Course, which has nine holes open after flooding. The Custer House and other attractions at Fort Abraham Lincoln in Mandan are also open.

But attractions that are facing flooding problems say it's going to be a tough summer with no immediate relief in sight.

Tracy Potter - Lewis and Clark Riverboat: “Losing an entire season is devastating. We still have loan payments to make. We still have, you know, we worked really hard to get it ready for the season and to get open. And we were going to have a great season. We had more weddings booked than ever before, more charters. This is a huge hit to a nonprofit organization.”

And they're hoping public support will see them through. For updates on tourist attractions across the state, visit