Anglers can access the Red River from locations on both sides of the riverbank:
- LaFave park in East Grand Forks, accessible from Hill Street NW or 2nd Avenue NE, offers a public boat launching site and a large gravel parking lot, plus a handicapped accessible fishing dock. The park also has a public bank fishing sites on the Red River and Red Lake River.
- Folsom Park/Red Lake River Boat Ramp is accessible from 2nd Avenue, NE to 4th Street, SE, in East Grand Forks.
- Whopper John Little North Forks Boat Ramp is accessible from Mill Road to Red Dot Place in Grand Forks.
- Lincoln Park Boat ramp is accessible from Belmont Road to 13th Avenue South (head east) in Grand Forks.