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Bismarck Conservation and Outdoor Skills Area

The Bismarck Conservation and Outdoor Skills Area is located adjacent to the Bismarck Game and Fish Headquarters on east Main Street and Expressway. This public site includes a fishing pond and interpretive trails to learn about wildlife and conservation as well as a shelter which can be used for outdoor educational programs or meetings. Call (701) 328-6300 or email for more information. (Note: The Outdoors Skills Area is closed from sunset to sunrise.) 

Printable OWLS Interpretive Guide

Family Fishing Pond


This fishing pond at the Bismarck Conservation and Outdoor Skills Area is open to the public for catch-and release fishing only. It is stocked with trout, bluegill, largemouth bass, catfish and other fish species. The area is designed for wheelchair accessibility. Individuals, families and groups are all welcome.

For more information see our Bismarck Family Fishing Pond page.



The Conservation and Outdoor Skills Area also has 3 interpretive trails: upland, wetland and fish. Each trail is signed with information on vegetation, animals and North Dakota habitats. A printable OWLS Interpretive Guide has trail stop information, questions and games.