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Turtle River State Park

Highway 2, 22 miles west of Grand Forks, Arvilla, ND 58214-9478
+1 701-594-4445
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awesome park

This is the number one state park in North Dakota it is very well taken care of the bath rooms even... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
jeromew323
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Thompson nd.
Great Place For Students and Teachers

I have been involved with bringing elementary students to Turtle River State Park for over 20yrs... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
ShanOC
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Grand Forks, North Dakota
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Situated on the meandering Turtle River, Turtle River State Park is located in a beautiful wooded valley. Constructed in the 1930's by the Civilian Conservation Corps, the park offers year-round recreational activities, including camping, picnicking, wildlife viewing, fishing and trails for hiking, mountain biking and cross country skiing. Rustic group cabins and shelters are available for rent. Our Visitor Center hosts a variety of interpretive panels to help visitors learn more about our history and local environment.
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Highway 2, 22 miles west of Grand Forks, Arvilla, ND 58214-9478
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+1 701-594-4445
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the number one state park in North Dakota it is very well taken care of the bath rooms even the old outdoor type or very clean the have every old but ever neat picnic shelters then they have a place called wooden lodge...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I have been involved with bringing elementary students to Turtle River State Park for over 20yrs. It's a great place to hike, camp, mountain bike, relax, and picnic during the summer. During the winter, it has a fantastic hill to sled down, or bring your...More

Thank ShanOC
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Reviewed 12 November 2017

Visited this park all season and November 11th went to the Wood Chuck Trail which is approximately 100 ft from the Asst Ranger's cabin and the remains of a butchered deer were left there, legs, rib cage, blood. To shoot a deer that close to...More

Thank karistamp
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TurtleRiverSP, Public Relations Manager at Turtle River State Park, responded to this reviewResponded 13 November 2017

We are sorry you came across a deceased deer in the park, however this was not a hunter kill. Hunting is strictly forbidden in the park. This deer was taken by a coyote and, sadly, we cannot control where or when they are taken. While...More

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Reviewed 30 September 2017

Peaceful, interesting, nice trails, great wildlife viewing, not too large, easy access to viewing points, and interpretive areas.

Thank stakorgis
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Reviewed 17 August 2017

This little park was lovely in the early morning for a passerby. We did not stay in the Camping grounds, simply stopped to enjoy a morning coffee and a picnic breakfast. There was not a soul about and we were able to get close to...More

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Reviewed 14 August 2017

This is a great place to enjoy the river, the forest, and the prairie. The trails and picnic areas are beautifully groomed, the campsites are very nice, and the staff is very friendly.

Thank Vicky T
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Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

I came here on a day off from working in the area. It was only about a 20 to 30 minute drive from East Grand Forks, MN. The entry fee was $5, so I thought why not? The only down side was the restrooms were...More

Thank Heather R
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Reviewed 26 September 2016

We stayed at this state park while on a long road trip east from Washington State -- what a nice campground! Approaching the area along US Highway 2, there are open fields and plains for a great distance -- I never imagined an oasis like...More

1  Thank Mary K
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Reviewed 27 June 2016

This campground in located in a North Dakota state park. It is adjacent to US Hwy 2 and about 22 miles west of Grand Forks, ND. The campgrounds are fully wooded and most are located near the Turtle River. It has about 70 sites for...More

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Reviewed 15 June 2016

My husband and I were traveling back to WI from SD, and decided to take a more northern return route. In planning a days drive ahead, I found a listing for this SP. my husband brought his fly rod, so he was anxious to see...More

2  Thank 50somthin
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Lorraine L
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Response from jeromew323 | Reviewed this property |
yes there is all kinds of place for people who like to tent
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Stephanie W
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Response from ShanOC | Reviewed this property |
We were swimming near the dam several years ago and were told by a ranger that swimming was not allowed. We haven't done it since.
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