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This park has been closed on and off during the time of the pandemic. When open, it is a hidden gem for rustic camping in terms of setting and location, deep in the woods and right on a bend on the river. The campsites are well spaced and shaded, and the tenting area is particularly spacious. There is an official boat access to the river for fishing, but it seems to have sustained some flood damage during recent storms, and it is pretty steep, so it might not be the easiest for boats and trailers until repaired. I am giving this campground a 3 because though the wooded setting is so appealing, warranted a 4 or even 5, I will say that campground overall was a bit run down, the outhouse facilities left a bit to be desired, better maintanence is needed, and one the the main group picnic shelters seemed a bit rickety. Another reviewer mentioned bugs, this is not a problem in fall when we were there, and the campground is well above the river so maybe not a problem in drier times in summer, but I can imagine that after times of rain there would be alot of muddy puddle areas along shore that might be mosquito heaven
This is a state recreation area (like a small state park) that is centered around a large reservoir in a valley, surrounded by a forest that we got to see in all its autumn glory. It was relatively quiet there due to our fall visit, I would guess it would be much busier in summer with beachgoers and boats. This is a great area get away for a few days, with hiking, nature preserve and arboretum, beach, kayaking, and more. It was primo bird migration time when we were there, it is not just an oasis in the prairie for people, but also a great habitat island for birdwatching with lots of spots within the park and in adjacent wetlands and refuges that are incredible bird stopovers during fall migration. A really great nature spot for a fall get away. We didnt go biking, but there is a very nice bike trail that goes from the park into the small town of Larimore a few miles away, a scenic and level bike ride that would be a nice way to run to town for re supply or a meal out. Most folks camping here seem to be monthly or seasonal RV folks who actually park their campers there for the summer season, however there is an area reserved for nightly or weekly campers only, ranging from basic to various hookups, and also some campsites for tenting. The campsites have very little privacy and I personally would prefer to be there during the quieter off season for that reason. There is a manager on site, and various facilities, though some were closed or limited when we were there due to the pandemic. Be sure to check the website for updates when the camping season is back in full swing again!
This is a small village campground that will host 4 RVs with hookups, and probably several tents. Reservations are not taken; if you show up and a space is available you can take it, then drop payment at the town board office. You can stop there on a nightly bassis, or rent by the month. The odd thing is, it is actually several blocks away from the actual village park where you would have to go for facilities like bathroom, which you would have to do if you were tenting or have a camper without a bathroom. Although the city park is beautiful once you get there--ballpark, nice picnic areas, great group shelter, good playground, big shady trees, and more-- walking over there for bathrooms is a bit much to have to do. Also, unfortuantely, the location of the campsites (which is at the corner of 1st St and Railroad St) is, yes you guessed it, not your quiet restful location. So, the campsites are at 1st St and Railroad Ave, and the main park is at the corner of 1st St and Dakota Ave, which is inconvenient, but the walk into town for shops and cafes is very easy. No one was camping there when I visited so it is hard to say who might frequent it, but perhaps snowbirds who are from this area might find this a decent arrangement for temporary summer seasonal camping, but probably not a destination campground for a family vacation
This is a very nice municipal campground run by the city of Mayville. It is located adjacent to the Rainbow Rose garden and sculpture park, and opposite the large beautiful Island Park which has myriad recreational opportunities (see link here: https://www.mayvilleportland.com/things-to-do/parks-recreation/)
The campsites themselves are fairly small and open and close together , but the grounds are well kept and the proximity to the beautiful city park is a real plus. Note that you need to call Jeremy, the parks officer, to make a reservation, and you usually need to leave a voice message and he will call back to help you make arrangments. The number to call is 701-430-7177. This is a convenient and pleasant location to camp if visiting Mayville.
This is a small town park in a very small town, and it happens to have a few campsites. Basic but adequate, nothing special, a place to stay if in the area, such as attending a 4H event or ball tournament or other local event
I needed to scout what Turtle River looked like before I pull my travel trailer there in Spring. Here is what I found.
Nice flat pull through campgrounds. Easy electrical outlets with breakers. Water outlets are off for winter. Plenty of bathrooms Septic is drive through may be tricky to get in with large trailer. Gas stations are about 5 miles east of park. With Subway and Dairy Queen. Lots of big trees, cleared enough for campers, but watch for widow makers. Nice and playful dog park. Cabins are basic and look warn. Park Manager going to fix up next year. As all state parks, under staffed. 2020 was record high for campers in park. Beautiful however the lake in entrance will not be seen in campgrounds. Nice flat spaces for tent camping. Very clean. Well groomed. Fire pits BBQs everywhere. Plenty of places to explore. Lots of trails. Friendly staff. Dogs aloud in park as long as on lease except in the dog park of course. Lots of wildlife during certain times of year. No dangerous wildlife or reptiles. Fishing aloud certain time of year. No hunting = good Firewood at main entrance. No snack machines seen?
Very nice place all in all to visit for a week or weekend.
If you're looking for somewhere to park a big RV, this campground is modern, convenient, and nicely-equipped. There's no privacy or nature to be had, though. It's a grassy plain with straight rows of pull-throughs.
However, there are a handful of walk-in sites off to the side that looked quite nice. That's definitely the way to go if you'd like to pitch a tent and have a little peace and quiet.
We did not stay here camping, but drove over from Turtle River state park (no swim beach there). The beach was great - nice sand, grass area, & nice water!