McKenzie County, North Dakota

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McKenzie County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Dakota. As of 2000, the population was 5,737. Its county seat is Watford City[1]. In terms of area, it is the largest county in the state. The county is named after early North Dakota politician Alexander McKenzie.



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,861 square miles (7,410 km²), of which, 2,742 square miles (7,102 km²) of it is land and 119 square miles (308 km²) of it (4.16%) is water. This makes it the largest county in the state in terms of total area.

The McKenzie County landscape features a wide diversity of physical features, ranging from sugarbeet fields bordering the Missouri River at the northwest corner of the county to rugged badlands near the Little Missouri River in the south, where Theodore Roosevelt National Park and the Little Missouri National Grassland are located. Between the two rivers is a large area of prairie, ranging from gentle rolling terrain to rocky, rugged pastures. The southeast corner of the county, bordering on the Little Missouri badlands of neighboring Dunn County, is abundant in wildlife, quaking aspen groves, and bur oak groves, interspersed in places with western red cedar on the north-facing slopes of the badlands.


  • Alex
  • Antelope Creek
  • Arnegard
  • Blue Butte
  • Charbon
  • Elm Tree
  • Grail
  • Grassy Butte
  • Hawkeye
  • Keene
  • Randolph
  • Riverview

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