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Sheyenne River Description

The Sheyenne River originates in Sheridan County in central North Dakota and winds its way through south-central North Dakota, ultimately emptying into the Red River north of Fargo.  During its lengthy course, the Sheyenne River traverses a variety of North Dakota terrains, including flat plains, rolling sandhills, wide bottomland, tall grass prairie, and hardwood forests.  

Sheyenne River flows are regulated by dams that form Lake Ashtabula and several smaller reservoirs.  These dams provide flood control and can be used to supplement downstream discharge during low flow.

Physiographic features along the Sheyenne River in North Dakota include the McClusky Canal, Sheyenne Lake, Butte Michaud, Lake Ashtabula, Baldhill Dam, Griswold Mine, and Mirror Pool.  Visitors to the area also have access to a wide variety of public lands, including the Lonetree Wildlife Management Area,  Fort Ransom State Park, Sheyenne State Forest, H.R. Morgan State Nature Preserve, and the Sheyenne National Grasslands.

Scenery

Below are images of scenery along the Sheyenne River.  Click on an image to view a larger version.  Use your browser's back command to return to this page.

Aerial photograph of the Sheyenne River near Warwick
Aerial photograph of the Sheyenne River near Warwick
Credit: U.S. Geological Survey

Aerial photograph of the Sheyenne River near Cooperstown
Aerial photograph of the Sheyenne River near Cooperstown
Credit: U.S. Geological Survey

Aerial photograph of the Sheyenne River, Baldhill Dam, and Lake Ashtabula north of Valley City
Aerial photograph of the Sheyenne River, Baldhill Dam, and Lake Ashtabula north of Valley City
Credit: U.S. Geological Survey

Sheyenne River below Baldhill Dam near Valley City
Sheyenne River below Baldhill Dam near Valley City
Credit: U.S. Geological Survey

Sheyenne River below Baldhill Dam near Valley City
Sheyenne River below Baldhill Dam near Valley City
Credit: U.S. Geological Survey

Aerial photograph of the Sheyenne River at Valley City
Aerial photograph of the Sheyenne River at Valley City
Credit: U.S. Geological Survey

Canoeing the Sheyenne River at Fort Ransom State Park
Canoeing the Sheyenne River at Fort Ransom State Park
Credit: North Dakota Tourism Department

Canoeing the Sheyenne River at Fort Ransom State Park
Canoeing the Sheyenne River at Fort Ransom State Park
Credit: North Dakota Tourism Department

Canoeing the Sheyenne River at Fort Ransom State Park
Canoeing the Sheyenne River at Fort Ransom State Park
Credit: North Dakota Tourism Department

Canoeing the Sheyenne River at Fort Ransom State Park
Canoeing the Sheyenne River at Fort Ransom State Park
Credit: North Dakota Tourism Department

Aerial photograph of the Sheyenne River near Lisbon
Aerial photograph of the Sheyenne River near Lisbon
Credit: U.S. Geological Survey

Aerial photograph of the Sheyenne River near Horace
Aerial photograph of the Sheyenne River near Horace
Credit: U.S. Geological Survey

Aerial photograph of the Sheyenne River at West Fargo
Aerial photograph of the Sheyenne River at West Fargo
Credit: U.S. Geological Survey

Aerial photograph of the Sheyenne River emptying into the Red River of the North northeast of Harwood
Aerial photograph of the Sheyenne River emptying into the Red River of the North northeast of Harwood
Credit: U.S. Geological Survey


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