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Center is a town in Western North Dakota, about 40 miles northwest of Bismarck and Mandan. It has a population of about 678 people. Located just north of Nelson Lake, on Butte Creek.


Center celebrated its centennial anniversary in 2005 with the Old Settlers Days.

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From I-94, exit 127 north onto state highway 31 for about 17 miles, then east 5 miles on SH 25.

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  • Center Mine, +1 701 794-8734, toll-free: +1 800-799-4242. This coal-mining operation is located 2 miles east, 4 miles south of Center in the powerbelt area of North Dakota. Open Monday through Friday, by appointment only.
  • Milton R. Young Electric Power Generating Station, +1 701 794-8711. Groups of five or fewer can contact plant directly, through Minnkota Power. Monday through Friday, by appointment only.
  • Oliver County Fair. Usually in August.
  • River People's Visitor's Center, +1 701 794-3731. In Cross Ranch State Park, provides informative presentations on the natural history of the Missouri River Valley and the inhabitants of the area over the past millennium. By appointment only.


  • Cross Ranch State Park, +1 701 794-3731, fax: +1 701 794-3262, . 12 miles southeast, is sited on seven miles of undeveloped Missouri river.
    • Boating: boat ramp to allow exploration of this scenic stretch of the river
    • Fishing: fishing for walleye, pike and bass.
    • Hiking: during the summer, hike through the park's trail system or nature preserve. There is a 5,000-acre dedicated nature preserve composed of mixed grass prairie, river bottom forests and woody draws.
    • Cross-country skiing during the winter months.
    • Primitive camping in the back-country area, hike to your camping spot. Cabin rental also available.




  • Lee's Bar, 101 Main St (Hensler is about 1.5 miles east of Center), +1 701 794-3518.


In Beulah, Washburn or Mandan.

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