Park it at Turtle River
Situated on in a scenic wooded valley, Turtle River State Park (TRSP) is located just 22 miles west of Grand Forks on Highway 2. TRSP was constructed in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps and offers year-round recreational activities such as camping, picnicking, fishing, hiking and biking. Rustic group cabins can also be rented.
If fishing is your thing, the Turtle River is stocked with rainbow trout. No pole? No worries! You can borrow all the needed gear at the park office.
To truly experience TRSP, I suggest lacing up the hiking boots. Another way to capture all the beauty is to pedal your way through. The park also offers up great cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails for some cool winter recreational opportunities.
Pack your own lunch or swing by a favorite Greater Grand Forks eatery (The Red Pepper and Jimmy John’s are right off Hwy 2) on your way out of town and pick up some perfect picnic fare. The park’s shelters are always well maintained and offer up a picturesque spot to dine.
You’ll also want to stop in their visitor center and check out the interesting Conservation Corp Interpretive Exhibits and Displays. The center also has a small gift shop and public restrooms.
Throughout the year, TRSP hosts many great family events. Just a partial list includes: The Park in the Dark Weekend (August); Winter Bird Count 1st Day Hike (January); Spring into Spring Hike (April); Fish ‘n’ Fun (May), National Trails Day (June) and Halloween in July.
For more information or to reserve a camping spot, please call 701-594-4445 or click on http://www.parkrec.nd.gov/parks/trsp/trsp.html.