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An easy afternoon getaway to Turtle River State Park


Today’s blog is written by Michaela Schell, a local writer and business professional.   If you are looking for an afternoon outdoors, Grand Forks is a city filled with parks and activities to soak up the sunshine this spring. One of my favorites, happens to be just a short trip outside the city.   A quick 20 minute drive west on Highway 2 will take you to Turtle River State Park (TRSP). It is 784 acres of wooded quiet just north of the highway. Our family frequently visits for lunch picnics and short afternoon hikes along the Turtle River. I have also enjoyed camping, mountain biking, and snowshoeing throughout the park.   Entering the park requires a small $5 daily fee or full year pass for $25. This year pass also allows entrance into any North Dakota State Park. This fee covers access for all trails, facilities, and amenities of the park.   Turtle River State Park is an easy weekend getaway for those of us who live in the Grand Forks area and a great place to stay for visitors. It has primitive camping areas, RV campgrounds with electric hookups, and cabins for rent plus bathroom and shower faciltieis …

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Fun in the summer sun!


It looks like our hot streak is going to continue in the Grand Cities this week with temps hitting the upper 80s and 90s!  While we should be extra careful when venturing out, but we we can still enjoy the summer and all the fun offered in Greater Grand Forks.  I like to make lists, so I have my list of inexpensive activitess to tackle with my family this week including: Turtle River State Park is located just 22 miles west of Grand Forks, and if your family likes fishing, nature trails or just enjoying the outdoors, this is the place for you.  I plan to grab a group of little ones and make it out for one of our “nature walks” this week! Riverside Park Swimming Pool is a very inexpensive way to spend a hot summer day.  Adults get in for only $3.25 and children 5-16 get in for $2.75.  Kids 4 and under are $1.50.  They have a snack area, water slide, kiddy pool and diving boards as well as a friendly life guard staff.  Make sure to have some time set aside if you are bringing the family, as I know my kids never want to …

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Take the Adventure Race Challenge


If you’re up top the challenge, join us for the Extreme North Dakota Spring Primer Adventure Race on May 8. This exhilarating race involves hiking, biking, navigation, teamwork and mystery challenges in and around Turtle River State Park, located 20 minutes west of Grand Forks. The four to six hour race is designed to be a great introduction to the fast growing sport of adventure racing, while still providing a test for seasoned veterans. Extreme North Dakota Racing (ENDracing), based in Grand Forks, has been hosting adventure type events for the last five years.  Check out the Iceman Triathlon and Fall Adventure Race as well. to get a glimpse of the exciting opportunities in adventure racing, check out these video clips: Adventure racing video #1 Adventure racing video #2 Adventure racing video #3 Adventure racing video #4 For more information or to register for the Spring Primer, log on to the ENDracing website.    

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