human settlement in McKenzie County, North Dakota, United States of America

Watford City is a small town in the Badlands area of North Dakota. It has an estimated population of about 6,500 people. Elevation is 2,119 feet.


Watford City sits between the north unit of Teddy Roosevelt National Park and Lake Sakakawea.

Get inEdit

Map of Watford City
  • By car: from Williston, about 26 miles south and 17 miles east on US highway 85.
  • 1 Watford City Municipal Airport. General aviation.

Get aroundEdit


  • McKenzie County Heritage Park, 950 2nd Ave SW, +1 701-444-2990. W 11AM-6PM, Th-Sa 10AM-6PM. Includes buildings from our MacKenzie County's history such as a trapper's cabin, country school, blacksmith shop, homestead shack, law office, church, barbershop and more.
  • Pioneer Museum of McKenzie County, 100 2nd Ave SW, +1 701-444-2990. Daily 10AM-5PM. Depicts the history and economic development of McKenzie County from the earliest times beginning with the largest petrified tree stump in North Dakota (60 million years old) to today's history.


  • Wild West Water Park, 315 3rd St SE, +1 701-444-7665. Great clean family fun all summer long. Two tower slides, children's water play area, hot tub, concessions. Available for rent for private parties.
  • Fishing at Arnegard Dam, 1 1/2 miles north, 12 miles northwest of Watford City. Pike and perch.








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Routes through Watford City
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