Turtle Mountain (plateau)

Turtle Mountain (plateau)

Turtle Mountain, or the Turtle Mountains, is an area in the north-central portion of the U.S. state of North Dakota and southwestern portion of the Canadian province of Manitoba. It is a plateau 2,000 ft (600 m) above sea level, 300 ft to 400 ft (90 m to 120 m) above the surrounding countryside, extending 20 mi (32 km) from north to south and 40 mi (64 km) from east to west.

It has timber, numerous lakes, and small deposits of low-grade manganese. The Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation is in a valley on the southeastern edge of the plateau. The International Peace Garden is also located in the region.

One of the most popular and largest lakes in the Turtle Mountain is Lake Metigoshe. It straddles the Canada-U.S. border, with about one-eighth of the lake in Canada. The region is home to a provincial park, a state park, two historic sites, and various hunting and fishing opportunities.

In the late 1890s there was coal mining in the Turtle Mountain near Old Deloraine town site. However when better quality coal was found elsewhere and the Trans-Canada Railway was built, the mines closed and the town moved off the mountain. The old town site is now covered by a man made lake, made when the Turtle-Head Dam was built.

Communities in the area

*Boissevain, Manitoba
*Deloraine, Manitoba
*Bottineau, North Dakota
*Dunseith, North Dakota.

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