A bill to establish a procedure for the conveyance of certain Federal property around the Dickinson Reservoir in the State of North Dakota.

Introduced in Senate
This bill directs the Commissioner of Reclamation to: (1) provide to the holder
of a permit for a cabin site located on federal property around the Dickinson
Reservoir in North Dakota the first option to purchase the site for fair market
value, provided that the permittee first pay to Dickinson Parks & Recreation
(the Department) any outstanding permit fees before exercising such option; and
(2) convey to a permittee who exercises such option all U.S. interest in the
site, easements for access to the site, a dock for the site, and the
improvements on it. The fair market value of a property shall be determined by a
local, third-party appraiser, valuing the property as unimproved residential
property, excluding all improvements. 

Beginning two years after enactment of this bill: (1) if a permittee has not
exercised such option, the Commissioner shall transfer the site to the
Department, without cost; and (2) the Commissioner shall transfer to the
Department, without cost, land currently managed by the Department on which no
cabin is located.

Each such conveyance and transfer shall be made subject to specified mineral
rights and rights-of-way of third parties.

A permittee may not build any new permanent structure below an elevation of
2,430 feet. If a permittee builds such a structure, the permittee's site shall
revert to the Department.

 Revenues from a sale of federal land pursuant to this bill shall be made
available to the Commissioner for: (1) the costs of carrying out this bill, and
(2) deferred maintenance activities relating to the operation of the dam in the
Dickinson Reservoir.



  • Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water and Power. Hearings held.

    Jun 14th, 2017
  • Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

    Feb 17th, 2017
  • Introduced in Senate

    Feb 17th, 2017