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Red River State Recreation Campground

East Grand Forks, Minnesota


515 2nd St NW
East Grand Forks, Minnesota 56721
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Sites: 113
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 47.93029
Longitude: -97.02902

Elevation: 825' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ Only 55+ Only no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Dump Station Dump Station ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup yes
  • Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP)
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • Public Phone Public Phone no
  • Water Water yes
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault no
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room ?
  • Casino Casino ?
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Beach Beach ?
  • Biking Biking yes
  • Boating Boating ?
  • Golf Golf ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes yes
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf ?
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts ?
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access yes

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39 Reviews

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $38.00
Overall Rating:

I would rate this campground higher but the female park ranger made our stay unpleasant with her overbearing demeanor. It is a nice facility with large campsites and clean facilities. It's just a shame that one person can ruin an otherwise nice stay. We camped at Red River State Recreation Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
109
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt, Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

The park is downtown but there aren't any restaurants within walking distance, that serve breakfast or where you can get a cup of coffee. The helpful and knowledgeable woman in the office gave us a tip on where to eat and we took her advice.

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Review Count: 14
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: December, 2015 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed here for 5 days. Great area. in town with out of town setting. Shops, restaurants, every thing you need within walking distance. Lots of beautiful paved trails to walk or ride bike along river and around area. We loved this park. We had pull thru site with elect., sewer and water hookup. Large grassy area by sites for kids and parents to play catch, badminton or to sit and enjoy. Next time we will have bikes to bring along to ride all the trails; walked them, but could go so much further on bike. We really liked this area. We camped at Red River State Recreation Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
65
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt, Sand, Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious, Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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Review Count: 14
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: September, 2015 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

Great pull through camp sites., some with shade, very well kept and the management and employees are great. Lots to do. We had full hook up. We cant wait to return. We camped at Red River State Recreation Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

River and bike..walking paths around campground. Can use road or path to make it to fantastic dinning and a little further for shopping of all kinds.

Or sit back at camp site and enjoy the quiet and serinity of camping area.

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Review Count: 38
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $38.00
Overall Rating:

It was a lovely campgrounds. Wi-fi was great. The night we were there they were spraying for mosquitoes. They had someone come around to reminds us and to close everything up for about 1/2 hour until they were done. We camped at Red River State Recreation Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

I wish we had more time. The town (within walking distance) looked like it would have been fun to explore.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $33.00
Overall Rating:

This is actually the Sherlock Park Campground in the Red River State Recreation Area. Absolutely the nicest and most accommodating park we've been in this summer. The Park Service personnel couldn't be more helpful. They even took me around to help choose the site and filled mud hole immediately after bring it to their attention! Lots of nice mature trees, green grass and open space between sites. We camped at Red River State Recreation Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
90
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Easy walking distance to restaurants and fabulous 1,200 acre greenway along the Red River in East Grand Forks, MN. The recreation area also includes trails for walking and biking, areas for picnicking.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $33.00
Overall Rating:

It's the newest and best State Park campground in Minnesota, with amenities more like a private campground. We love the pull-through sites and onsite sewer hookups, pluse water and electricity. The bathrooms are clean and new. However, the toilets and showers are in separate buildings, which is a bit weird. We camped at Red River State Recreation Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
72E
Site Surface
Concrete, Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

There's a Cabella's sporting goods store very close to the park, in case you forget something. There's also a movie theater, downtown shopping district, and several restaurants within easy walking distance. Great park with a great location!

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Review Count: 165
States Visited: 42
Helpful Reviews: 29

Date of Stay: September, 2014 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

A very interesting state CG making a plus out of a disaster. The CG is a low land by the Red River that was a devastated residential area that was flooded in 1997. The layout is that of the original streets with its curbs. The sites are mostly level curved pull throughs. Lots of nice trees and lush grass, well kept. Didn't use the central baths but they looked clean. Unfortunately for us there is a near by car raceway that was in full racket that evening until about midnight. But a good safe place to stay. We camped at Red River State Recreation Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: July, 2014 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

Beautiful, clean, well kept state campground. Most sites have full hookups. Most sites are pull thru with more than enough space for big rig and towed vehicle. Nicely treed. Spacing between sites is the most I have ever seen insuring privacy. Well kept showers and restroom facilities. Wi-Fi on two buildings but trees block access to many sites. Many sites satellite friendly despite trees. Easy walking distance to downtown restaurants, sports store and multi-screen theater. Lots of grass kept well mowed and trees vary from very young to very old (over 140 years according to caretaker). Located next to Red River of the North and surrounded by flood control levee on two sides - keeping noise down. Reservations advised but individual site photos and reservation info is online under Minnesota Parks site. Some sites are not reservable - first come, first served. Very busy on summer weekends. Two week stay limit. We camped at Red River State Recreation Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 49
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

This is a very pleasant campground. Stays are limited to 14 days, so the sites are occupied by campers rather than long term residents. Roads are paved with concrete or asphalt. RV sites are gravel. The park has lots of grass and trees. It is within walking distance of several restaurants and shops. There are some great hike & bike trails adjacent to the park. We enjoyed a ten mile scenic bicycle ride from our campsite. The trail was aside the banks of the Red River. We crossed to the Minnesota side and back amidst lovely surroundings. We camped at Red River State Recreation Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 129
States Visited: 34
Helpful Reviews: 75

Date of Stay: October, 2013 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

$30 per night was for a full hookup site. In addition, there is daily parking permit of $5 or you can purchase an annual MN state parking pass for $25, which is good for 12 consecutive months from the date of purchase. Many recreational opportunities are available in the park and surrounding areas including biking/hiking trails. The campground is located within walking distance of downtown East Grand Forks, MN and its many dining and shopping opportunities. You can also walk across the bridge into Grand Forks, ND, which offers many more shopping/dining experiences. As stated in prior reviews, spacing between sites is generous and most sites are level. While there are trees in the campground, they afford very little shade but they’ve done more plantings so shade should improve in the coming years. We received three bars of 4G LTE on our AT&T phone. There is free Wi-Fi in the campground which worked well for us. We camped at Red River State Recreation Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 183
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 26

Date of Stay: September, 2013 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

Holy cow, the previous reviews are right, this place is in the middle of a city! This place was created in 1997 after a flood devastated the area. This area was a housing development. After the flood, everything was torn down and rebuilt to a State Park. What is so cool about this place is that it is within walking distance of some restaurants, movie theater, Cabela's, a place to get your hair cut, lots of things. If you don't tow a car and find yourself in this area, try to stay two nights just to "do the town." You are close to a bridge where you can walk to the North Dakota side. The hookup sites are pull-through but the sites are arranged parallel along the driving road so that someone may be in front or behind, but nobody is directly beside you. You get a lot of acreage with your site. Restrooms were clean. I had to pay $35 ($30 camping, $5 car fee) for full hookup. If you have the Minnesota Annual Pass, you don't pay the car fee. You pay the car fee even if you aren't towing a car, but they don't charge extra for a towed car. Little pricey for a state park, but cheaper than a hotel! TV reception via JACK antenna was difficult. It seemed that you got the most channels when you turned it the direction of the least blue reception lights. You get CBS, NBC, ABC, ME-TV, CW, and some good Prairie Public PBS stations. I'm surprised I couldn't get a FOX station. The park does not have Wi-Fi. I detected a "city Wi-FI" but was unable to use it from my site. Verizon JetPack, cell phone, and wireless landline all worked great. The only thing I DIDN'T like was weasling my RV down DeMers avenue to get to this park. That is a busy street! We camped at Red River State Recreation Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2013 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

Built after the 1997 massive flooding of Grand Forks, it has to be one of the nicest parks we have ever stayed in. The roads are paved and the sites are level and spacious, affording privacy. Well looked after, it provides for a great place to stay. We extended our time there. You can walk to nearby restaurants and yet still feel you are removed from the town. There are walking and biking trails as well as some television channels and WiFi internet. Many sites can be reserved online but they also have a number of first come, first served non reservable sites. We stayed for 6 nights and plan to go back in September. We camped at Red River State Recreation Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 18
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: August, 2012 - $31.00
Overall Rating:

Very nice park with many level pull throughs. We were only there for one night and didn't unhitch. Plenty of restaurants within walking distance. Cell service was good. We picked up an open Wi-Fi from the city, but didn't use it. We camped at Red River State Recreation Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 28
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: July, 2012 - $31.00
Overall Rating:

Excellent park to use as a base to visit the Grand Forks area. Walking distance to downtown of cities on both sides of the river. Close to restaurants, movies, Cabela's, Saturday morning farmers market, and more. Lots of old trees and open areas, most sites pull through. Campground was created out of an old neighborhood and the existing streets were used to layout this spacious campground. We camped at Red River State Recreation Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 52
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: July, 2012 - $31.00
Overall Rating:

Excellent state park. Huge sites with lots of play room for kids. Has playground and tons of bike trails. Convenient to restaurants and movie theater. Right next to Red River and Grand Forks, ND. Highly recommend. Would stay again without hesitation. We camped at Red River State Recreation Campground in a Motorhome.

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