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“Stanley is a wonderful community with a charm that intertwines the traditions of our past with the progress of the future. Our aim is to make all citizens and visitors feel that they are part of and welcome in this community. If you are seeking a new place to live, looking for a business site, or considering a place to retire, you’ll find what you are looking for in Stanley.”  from the city of Stanley, North Dakota’s website. City of Stanley North Dakota’s official site. 


Some local and regional attractions in Stanley, whatever your budget:

Amtrak Station Train station in Stanley brings you both directions, toward Montana, or Minnesota with stops across North Dakota – in Minot, Rugby, Devils Lake.

Flickertail Museum Flickertail Village and Museum is an outdoor museum featuring area buildings from the pioneer days in ND.

Lostwood Wildlife Conservation Lostwood National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) lies in the heart of the Missouri Coteau region, an ancient glacial moraine area. Topography ranges from rolling to steep hills and is covered by mixed-grass prairie. The area is dotted with wetlands that are often called “potholes.” At 26,904 acres, the Refuge contains a 5,577-acre Wilderness Area established in 1975.

Wilson Park The Wilson Park is right on Highway 8. Children can also enjoy the jungle gym and other playground equipment in the same area. A double horseshoe pitching station, volleyball and basketball courts are also available in the park.

Located next to the park is the Ray Rude Outdoor Swimming Pool. If you are the outdoors type and prefer to camp, Stanley offers a camper and tent park. The facility provides shower facilities and electrical  hookups. The camp site is located 7 blocks north of Wilson Park on Main Street.

Prairie Rose Golf  The Prairie Rose Golf Course is located on the north side of Stanley on Highway 8 just East of the courthouse. It is a 9-hole course with grass greens and watered fairways.  A lot of activity occurs at the course during the summer from special tournaments to weekly men’s and women’s nights. Call 701-628-2135 for more information.

Visit the city of Stanley’s website to see the calendar of events: Events Calendar

Ina Mae Rude Aquatic Center  Providing individuals with an opportunity for improved health, vitality, and quality of life through warm water therapy and exercise. The Ina Mae Rude Aquatic Center is a state of the art theraputic and exercise pool facility located on 8th Ave. SE, adjacent to the south end of the Mountrail Bethel Home in Stanley, ND.  It houses a 1,120 square foot wheelchair accessible pool with men’s and women’s locker rooms, and a lounge located off the pool area for viewing.  The facility is open to the public and also offers memberships to individuals, families and corporations.  Special classes and private parties are welcome.  There is also a conference room available for meetings or private parties.

Regis Theater The Regis Theatre is located at 114 South Main Street. Starting times for the movies are 8pm on Fridays and Saturdays and 7:30pm on Sundays.

Sibyl Center  The Sibyl Center is a community-oriented center for the arts and learning in downtown Stanley, North Dakota. Now wrapping up its 12th season, the center hosts a full schedule of entertainment, arts, musical performances and social events from April through November.

Dakota Drug Dakota Drug is located at 107 South Main.  It is know for its original soda fountain and the only surviving Whirl-A-Whip machine still being used.

In nearby Minot, North Dakota, you can visit the Taube Museum of Art, North Dakota State Fair Center. 

One of our guests favorite things about an extended stay at Black Gold Suites, Stanley is that you can cook in your room, but if you’d like to go out, here are some of your options.

45 minute drive to 4 Bears Casino in nearby New Town, North Dakota with gambling and live entertainment.

You can reach the Canadian Border in 40 minutes and visit quaint villages of the Saskatchewan.

For those interested in fishing Stanley‘s lakes, reservoirs and streams, there are some excellent choices including Chocolate Drop Dam, Dry Creek and Sikes Dam. Whether you’re fishing for Bullhead, Crappie or Whitefish, or one of the other fish found near Stanley, we can tell you where to find them, how to bring them in, and who’s having success. So get your fly fishing gear, baitcasting setup, trolling equipment, or spin casting gear out and find your new favorite fishing spot near Stanley in state. All that, including links to your local fish and wildlife websites, records for a location, photos, videos, GPS coordinates for where the fish can be found, and much more. Check out

To download the state of North Dakota’s Fishing Guide

More ideas for fishing locations and boating on the Missouri River and more:

Local newspaper:

Fargo, North Dakota is a 5 hour drive, Bismarck, North Dakota, the state’s capital is 2.5 hours. Devils Lake is 2.5 hours. 1.5 hours to Buford, North Dakota, the home of Fort Union Trading Post, a National Historic Landmark.

Black Gold Suites, Stanley, North Dakota

Black Gold Suites, Stanley, North Dakota