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Red River State Park  

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Red River State Park is a Minnesota State Recreation Area located in the Red River Valley region of northwestern Minnesota at the edge of downtown East Grand Forks.    

Most family vacation destinations in Minnesota include beautiful family vacation resorts, cabins, and dozens of state parks and many other top family vacations spots.

How to Get to Red River State Park:  From within the city of East Grand Forks, drive west on 4th Street NE to Sherlock Park. Turn left on 6th Avenue NW and drive 1 block to 3rd Street NW. The entrance to the park will be on your right.

Park Highlights:

  • In 1997, the Red River flooded and destroyed several East Grand Forks communities. Rather than rebuild in the same flood plain, the land and homes were purchased by a government agency. The 1,200 acres became the present State Recreation Area.
  • The park’s location, adjacent to the city, offers a unique opportunity to experience outdoor activities and camping while enjoying the shopping, museums, and other recreation within the city.

Red River State Park’s Natural Attractions: The habitat in and along the river is home to many species of fish and wildlife. Lake sturgeon and channel catfish are just two of the fish that have been caught in the river. River otters play on the riverbanks. The woods along the river are home to deer, raccoons, squirrels, and other small mammals. Eagles, hawks, owls, Canadian geese, and many species of songbirds may also be seen here.

Things to Do in Red River State Park:  Fishing and boating attract many day visitors, as well as campers. There is good fishing in the river and at the wheelchair accessible fishing pier. Boat access is available near the campground and there is canoe access about 10 blocks away. 

A picnic shelter within the park is a great gathering place. You can reserve the shelter by calling the park.  A playground within the park, and others nearby in the city, offers lots of fun for children. There is also a swimming pool close by within the city of East Grand Forks.  Seven miles of paved hiking and biking trails along the river pass through the park and connect to trails outside the park. Interpretive exhibits are located at the trail heads within the park, and a naturalist program operates during the summer months.

Camping in Red River State Park: There are 109 campsites for tents and RVs; 85 sites have electrical hookups. You will also find 4 walk-in sites and 1 group camp that can accommodate up to 40 people. Picnic tables, showers, and flush and vault toilets are provided. There are dump stations located at nearby service stations.  

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More Attractions in This Region: Visit Heritage Village in East Grand Forks to learn about the history of the Red River Valley. Enjoy the Riverside Park swimming pool and waterslide and play Frisbee Golf in RJ Zavoral Park. Visit Towne Square for art and craft festivals and farmers’ markets.

Other State Parks in This Region of Minnesota: Buffalo River State ParkItasca State ParkLake Bemidji State Park   


515 2nd Street Northwest
East Grand Forks, MN 56721

Phone: 218-773-4950

Email: redriver.statepark@state.mn.us

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