North Dakota

Arrowwood NWR Leg of the Historic Ft. Totten Trail

photo: Grassland hills and prairie. Photo by USFWS.

Length: 9.92 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Backcountry, Equestrian Trail, Mountain Bike Trail
Agency: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Dogs - On leash
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running

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Location: At Arrowwood NWR W of Kensal on SR 9.
State(s): North Dakota
Counties: Stutsman
Longitude: -98.77968
Latitude: 47.16242

Driving Directions

Leg of Historic Ft. Totten Trail Arrowwood NWR W of Kensal on SR 9


This development of this trail was to reestablish 9 miles of the historic trail that connected the military posts of Ft. Seward near Jamestown, ND and Ft. Totten on the south shores of Devil's Lake. The Jamestown/Stutsman Development Corporation has successfully competed for a grant to purchase and install 8 gates on the trail that can be opened and closed from horseback, and for a split-rail fence to be constructed at the south trailhead.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service intends to develop the south trailhead to accommodate parked vehicles and horse trailers, and to develop interpretive kiosks and trail markers. Interpretive kiosks will educate the visiting public about conservation and the wildlife mission of the Service and will celebrate the American Indian tribes and culture that existed prior to European settlement. Development of the trail will better enable the Service to achieve their goal of providing quality wildlife-dependent recreational opportunities such as wildlife observation and wildlife photography.

The refuge has added a parking area with picnic tables, a vault toilet, parking for horse trailers with a hitching rail and boat dock for non-motorized boats.

Additional Details

Width: 120 inches.
Primary Surface: Gravel
Secondary Surface: Gravel

Average Grade: 1%
Maximum Grade: 9%
Elevation Low Point: 1,450
Elevation High Point: 1,540
Elevation Gain (cumulative): 430 feet

Year Designated:

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Refuge Manager
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Arrowwood NWR
7745 11th St. SE
Pingree, ND 58476
(701) 285-3341
[email protected]



Grassland hills and prairie. Photo by USFWS.

Grassland hills and prairie. Photo by USFWS.


Historic trail

Trail is long but can be broken into smaller sections. Doesnt have to be done all in 1 shot. First part you do get to see the river valley at times and it was beautiful with all the fall colors. It is part of an old military supply route so it is pretty flat and easy to hike. You actually hike on the road bed that is mowed grass.

September 22, 2020



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