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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 May 27, 2018
Grand Forks, North Dakota
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Great Place

Peaceful, interesting, nice trails, great wildlife viewing, not too large, easy access to viewing... read more

Reviewed September 30, 2017
Rochester, Michigan
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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...more
Highway 2, 22 miles west of Grand Forks, Arvilla, ND 58214-9478
+1 701-594-4445
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed March 28, 2011

Finally, a great family campground that's not overcrowded! Great place for camping, fishing, hiking, biking... apparently great place for skiing also, though I myself, have never done this. We have camped at TRSP many times, and have returned because of the great staff, children's programs,...More

5  Thank AngelU1976
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Reviewed July 15, 2014

I stopped here planning to go on a short hike with my daughter while driving from Grand Forks to Devils Lake. The staff person at the visitor centre was not very friendly, and the trails were poorly signed and maintained. The cabins looked like they...More

3  Thank kimpete8
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Turtle River State Park was nice. We were there early in the season so the water and washroom facilities were not yet open. The sites seemed fine although they might be tight if the Park were busy. It did look like they were building new...More

Thank BigAlks
Reviewed August 20, 2018

Entering the park there is a great interpretive center with knowledgeable staff, maps, etc. I was there for some walking on trails only but there are plenty of campsites and cabins within the park. Trails are well-marked and easy to find. Areas near parking lots...More

Thank URIguy
Reviewed August 5, 2018 via mobile

It would be nice if the spots were concrete because our dog got very dirty for them and no place to swim but the bathrooms were clean.Don’t bring a golf cart an less it is street legal seatbelts,lights and registered.But the rangers did not wear...More

1  Thank Ihavegas
Reviewed August 5, 2018 via mobile

Though the bathrooms were clean, that's the only good thing I experienced while at Turtle River State Park. First, if you bring a golf cart it MUST be completely street legal, seatbelts and lights included, while driving anywhere. These rules were not listed on their...More

Thank campr4lyfe
Reviewed June 21, 2018 via mobile

This was really a great state park. It only cost $7 to get in for a day pass. There was a lot of camping sites if we chose to stay. We decided to hit some of the hiking trails they were easy to follow and...More

4  Thank th0ff3
Reviewed June 10, 2018

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

Thank jeromew323
Reviewed May 27, 2018 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
Reviewed November 12, 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
TurtleRiverSP, Public Relations Manager at Turtle River State Park, responded to this reviewResponded November 13, 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

Reviewed September 30, 2017

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

Thank stakorgis
Reviewed August 16, 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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Lorraine L
June 10, 2018|
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Response from th0ff3 | Reviewed this property |
Lots of places to pitch a tent . And beautiful scenery surrounds you. Would be a great time
Stephanie W
June 9, 2018|
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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.