Saw-whet owl banding tonight at Turtle River State Park

If your calendar is open tonight, there’s an event going on at Turtle River State Park that promises to be a perfect fit for Halloween and things that go hoot in the night.

Turtle River State Park near Arvilla, N.D., is holding a program on saw-whet owls from 8 to 11 p.m.. If all goes according to plan, it will be a “hands-on” event that includes calling the owls and catching them to band. So, with a little bit of luck, those who attend will get to experience banding first hand.

The park’s Chalet will be the meeting point for the event, and visitors can come and go as they please.

As with all state park events, a parking pass is required. Stop at the Visitor Center and self register if you don’t have a pass.

For more information, call the park at (701) 594-4445.

High water delays final spring trout stocking at Turtle River State Park

There’ll be another spring shipment of rainbow trout stocked in the Turtle River at Turtle River State Park, but it won’t be until sometime next week when river levels become more manageable.

Normally, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department stocks another batch of rainbow trout into the Turtle River right before the Memorial Day weekend, but the recent widespread rains have the river running at “bank full” levels, and the water is very muddy.

Steve Crandall, manager of Turtle River State Park, said the park was scheduled to get its last load of trout for the spring Thursday, but he said delaying seemed a prudent option, given the river conditions.

“I figured most of those fish would just ride out of the park reaches of the river when it’s this high,” Crandall said in an email.

Not surprisingly, Crandall said a busy weekend is on tap at the park, and reservations are filled. Even last weekend, which was Canada’s annual May long weekend, was booked solid, Crandall said, and the Canadian campers all showed up — and stayed — through all the rain. Now that’s dedication.

More trout stocked at Turtle River State Park

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department stocked another batch of rainbow trout into the Turtle River on Monday at Turtle River State Park.

According to Steve Crandall, park manager, Game and Fish stocked 700 rainbows averaging about a half-pound each. A third stocking tentatively is scheduled for sometime shortly before Memorial Day, Crandall said, and that will be it for this spring. A fourth stocking likely will occur about the third weekend in September after the river cools off a bit, Crandall said.