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Turtle River State Park


Situated on the meandering Turtle River, Turtle River State Park is located in a beautiful wooded valley. Constructed in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps, the park offers year-round recreational activities, including camping, picnicking, fishing and trails for hiking, mountain biking and cross country skiing. Rustic group cabins can also be rented.

The Turtle River is stocked with rainbow trout, and youngsters can borrow fishing gear at the park office.

Turtle River

The visitor center at the park hosts Conservation Corp Interpretive Exhibits and Displays. The center also has a small gift shop and public restrooms.


Turtle River State Park is located 22 miles west of Grand Forks on Highway 2. (Maps)

Nearby attractions

Larimore Dam and Golf Course • University of North Dakota • Grand Forks Air Force Base • Kelly's Slough National Wildlife Refuge • Red River of the North

Trail types

Hiking Symbol Biking Symbol Cross Country Skiing Symbol Snowshoeing Symbol Interpretive Symbol