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Document and Entity Information

Document and Entity Information (USD $)
In Millions, except Share data, unless otherwise specified
3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2012
May 04, 2012
Jun. 30, 2011
Document And Entity Information [Abstract]      
Entity Registrant Name NORTHERN OIL & GAS, INC.    
Entity Central Index Key 0001104485    
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-31    
Entity Well-known Seasoned Issuer No    
Entity Voluntary Filers No    
Entity Current Reporting Status Yes    
Entity Filer Category Large Accelerated Filer    
Entity Public Float     $ 1,296
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   63,509,352  
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2012    
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q1    
Document Type 10-Q    
Amendment Flag false    
Document Period End Date Mar. 31, 2012