Business and industry thrive in the Sheyenne River Valley because it offers "a place to be" rather than just a site. The community has the ability to attract and retain talent because of the many activities and amenities found here. Imagine stepping out of your workplace at the end of the day and exploring miles of hiking trails or hunting pheasant for an hour or two before going out to your favorite restaurant. Maybe you'd rather wind down with a round or two of golf or canoe down the Sheyenne River.

That's what making a living and having a life is all about. It's easy to make Valley City home and enjoy its charm whether it's in our public swimming pool, skate park, municipal golf course, or one of our seven city parks. If you're in the mood for fishing, boating, skiing or camping, Lake Ashtabula is only 12 miles away and many other natural hotspots are nearby. The area has plenty to do outdoors in the wintertime, like cross-country and downhill skiing, but if you prefer to stay indoors, you can stay active year-round with an all encompassing membership program through the Valley City Parks and Recreation Gaukler Family Wellness Center.


Points of Interest

Sheyenne River Valley National Scenic Byway

Stretching 63 miles along the Sheyenne River Valley from Baldhill Dam to Lisbon following ancient Native American foot paths and pioneer wagon trails, the Sheyenne River Valley Scenic Byway is one of only about 100 National Scenic Byways in the United States.  For mor information about the Sheyenne River Valley National Scenic Byway, please visit www.parkrec.nd/gov/byways/sheyenne/sheyenne.htm.

North Country National Scenic Trail

Modeled after a famous Appalachian Trail, the North Country National Scenic Trail is a premier foot path that stretches 4,600 miles linking communities, forests, and prairies across seven northern states.  For more information regarding the North Country National Scenic Trail please visit

Historic Bridges Tour

Known as the "City of Bridges", Valley City is home to 11 historic bridges.  They're perfect places to experience the abundant outdoors that Valley City offers.

Lake Ashtabula

Located 12 miles northwest of Valley City, lake Ashtabula is a recreational hot spot with great fishing, boating and skiing.  It is also developing into a lakeshore housing and cabin resort area.  The 26 mile lake is maintained by the Corp of Engineers and hosts many camping and recreational spots.  For more information on how to enjoy Lake Ashtabula please visit

Hunting and Fishing

Area and out-of-state hunters enjoy a variety of birds and animals including deer, sandhill cranes, ducks, Canada geese, pheasant, snow geese, fox and coyote.  Popular fishing spots are found along the Sheyenne River and at a number of local lakes in Barnes County.

Parks and Recreation

The mission of Valley City Park and Recreation District is to promote broad based Parks and Recreation opportunities in order to improve the quality of life for the citizens of Valley City and its visitors.  Valley City Parks and Recreation provides year round youth and adult recreational activities.  Enjoy the community swimming pool, join the fitness club, or take a golfing lesson...there is something for everyone.  For more information on how to participate in programs offered by Valley City Parks and Recreation please visit

North Dakota Winter Show

The North Dakota Winter Show Event Center is the home of the longest running Agriculture Show in the State of North Dakota.  The Winter Show is held annually in March for six days and provides a great way for participants of all ages to learn about agriculture and enjoy its many events and shows.  The NDWS attracts exhibitors and visitors from many states and Canada with attendance increasing each year.  For more information regarding the North Dakota Winter Show please visit

Rosebud's Visitor's Center

At Rosebud Visitor's Center you will find the resources to tour Valley City and the Sheyenne Valley.  The Visitor Center is home to Rosebud, the 1881 Northern Pacific Superintendent's railcar with original furnishings.  With hands on interpretive displays, you can experience the history of the Sheyenne Valley and learn about North Dakota agriculture through the Agriculture Hall of Fame.  For more information about Rosebud Visitor's Center please visit


Quick Contact

Valley City - Barnes County Development Corporation
250 West Main Street
Valley City ND 58702

Phone: 701-840-7820
Fax: 701-845-1892



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