Coal Creek Tour

Get ready to explore North Dakota on an exciting energy tour with your friends, family and Stearns Electric Association!

The tour has been widely attended by hundreds of other co-op members across the state and is a popular tradition enjoyed by many. Take a ride with your Cooperative, Stearns Electric Association, on a comfortable air-conditioned charter bus to see how your electricity is generated and transmitted using the rich reserves of coal in North Dakota.


Each year, Stearns Electric Association sponsors a bus tour to Coal Creek Station, located about 50 miles north of Bismarck, North Dakota, near Underwood. This is one of the world’s largest and cleanest lignite coal-fired power plants and it’s where most of Stearns Electric Association’s electricity comes from. Coal Creek Station uses between 7.5 and 8 million tons of lignite per year to generate electricity for Great River Energy’s members.


The highlight of this three day trip is the tour of Coal Creek Station and Falkirk Mine – supplier of the lignite coal.


The Falkirk Mine and Coal Creek Station tour are the main attractions, but you will also see:

  • Garrison Dam
  • Fort Mandan Visitor Center
  • Co-op Hosted Dinner in Bismark

Stearns Electric’s next Coal Creek Tour is June 5-7, 2019.

Tour Cost for Stearns Electric Association members is $225 and for non-members is $250. Tour price includes transportation, most meals, snacks, and two nights of double occupancy lodging at the Country Inn and Suites of Bismark.


Seating is limited so register today!


Are you interested in the Coal Creek Tour?

Completing the form below does not confirm or guarantee a seat on the tour. The Stearns Electric Association Tour Coordinator will verify seat availability.