ND state park visitation up in 2010

Associated Press

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Officials say visitation at North Dakota's state parks in 2010 was up over the previous year due to the state's energy boom and recovery from a drought that affected Lake Sakakawea.

Officials say 1.1 million people visited state parks last year. That's up 4.4 percent and the fifth-highest on record.

Fort Stevenson State Park on Lake Sakakawea was the most popular park with more than 163,000 visitors. Officials say a new marina at the park helped boost the number of visitors.

The record number of visitors at North Dakota's state parks was set in 1995 at 1.2 million.