Parking it at Turtle River

Greek philosopher Aristotle once said: “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”

We at the Greater Grand Forks Convention & Visitors Bureau(aka Visit Grand Forks) couldn’t agree more! While our two towns offer up lots of simply grand outdoor spots for both adults and kids to enjoy…less than a half hour drive away, you’ll find one more great place to play!

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 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, Jimmy John’s and Hugo’s Deli are right off Highway 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 a variety of awesome events. Just a partial list includes: Art in the Park (August 3 & 4); Camping Weekend (August 17 & 18); Season Finale Weekend (September); Fall Luminary Walk (October); Winter Festival (January); Lovebird Valentine’s Hike (February); Spring into Spring Hike (April); Fish ‘n’ Fun (May), National Trails/Visitor Appreciation Day (June) and Halloween in July.

For more information or to reserve a camping spot, please call 701-795-3180 or click here.