The city is home to Dakota College at Bottineau. Attractions in Bottineau include the Bottineau Winter Park and “Tommy Turtle”, the world’s largest turtle, which has become a landmark for the city. Built in 1978 and standing 30 feet tall, the fiberglass turtle is located in the eastern half of the city and supposedly was built as a symbol for the nearby Turtle Mountains.
The mission of Bottineau Public Schools is to provide students opportunities to develop their potential intellectually, socially and physically as they prepare to meet the challenges of a diverse global society.
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Parks and Recreation
Bottineau City Park Board operates 3 parks in the summer months and the Community Arena in the winter. http://bottineauparks.com.
MCBAIN PARK: Also known as the Old City Park, this Park is located in the NE section of Bottineau and offers a relaxing picnic area next to the Oak Creek. Limited playground equipment. No bathrooms available.
FORESTRY PARK: Forestry Park is Bottineau’s newest park. It belongs to the ND Forest Service and is leased to the City Park. This area is located on the West side of Bottineau and it offers walking, biking trails, picnic area, disc golf course and a soccer field. Several plans are being developed for this beautiful park. A playground area was added to Forestry Park in 2012. No bathrooms available.
TOMMY TURTLE PARK: Tommy Turtle Park is home of the famous “Tommy Turtle”. This park also offers RV camping with bathhouses available, picnic shelters, tennis courts, a new(2012) outdoor basketball court, horseshoe pits, ball diamonds, sand volleyball court and lots of playground equipment. Tommy Turtle Park is located on the East side of Bottineau. A Summer Recreation Director is responsible for childrens activities such as baseball, T-ball & coach pitch. Picnic Shelters can be reserved for no charge, by calling 701-228-3030. New playground equipment was installed in 2005. Plans are being made for a updated bathhouse that is handicapped accessible.
COMMUNITY ARENA: The Bottineau Community Arena is one of the oldest skating arenas in the State of ND. It plays host to boys & girls youth hockey, figure skating club, Bottineau High School Hockey and Dakota College at Bottineau Hockey. Mens Leagues and Old Timer Hockey are also available. There a 2 outdoor arenas located adjacent to the Community Arena, one is for pleasure skating and one is for Hockey. Call 701-228-3030 for more information on Hockey or Figure Skating League contacts. Open skating is offered as often as possible. The outdoor hockey arena has a paved surface allowing for roller hockey in the summer months. When you come to watch a game, dress warm as our arena is a cold area, the building is unique & a step back in time to old fashioned, fast past play hockey.
There are 56.43 miles from Minot to Bottineau in northeast direction and 80 miles (128.75 kilometers) by car, following the US-83 and ND 5 route.
Minot and Bottineau are 1 hour 54 mins far apart, if you drive non-stop.