Watford City is a bustling community located in northwestern North Dakota in McKenzie County. The community boasts a variety of things to do, especially outdoor activities such as fishing, hunting, hiking, horseback riding and sight-seeing.
The town’s school mascot is the Wolves, and Watford City has an elementary school for grades kindergarten through sixth, and a high school for grades 7th through 12th. There are a variety of sports to get involved in at the high school level including basketball, football, track, volleyball, golf and wrestling. The high school sports program has been very successful and has taken part in several state tournaments. There are also a variety of clubs and extracurricular activities for students to take part in including future business leaders of America (FBLA) and Future Farmers of America (FFA).
If you have a child going to college soon, there are two state colleges in the area. Just north on Highway 85, about 40 miles away is Williston which is home to Williston State College. The closest four–year university is just 90 miles away, south on Highway 85 and east on Interstate 94 is Dickinson State University.
Attraction and Activities
Besides a great school system, there are a lot of sights to enjoy especially in the nearby north unit of the Theodore Roosevelt National Park, which is home to the Badlands. It is in these same Badlands that President Theodore Roosevelt spent some time and went on hunting expeditions in the area. It is not uncommon to see a herd of buffalo or elk near the roadside while driving through the scenic park. Also nearby is Lake Sakakawea which is a great water-recreation and fishing site.
Each year, the community hosts HomeFest in which members of the community host a hometown celebration that is complete with street dances, class reunions and sidewalk sales. Another annual event is the McKenzie County Fair which is filled with carnival rides, food stands, rodeos and 4-H contests. In the winter, it does get cold and snowy and there are many places in the area to go ice fishing, snowmobiling, sledding, ice skating and playing hockey. In the winter there is also the beautiful parade of lights on Main Street around Christmastime.
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