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Moose, pines, prairies, and northern lights

This is a community campground in the city park of a small farming town near the Canadian border. The park is clearly a source of pride for the town, as it is well kept with landscaping, beautiful gardens, great playground, picnic areas, disk golf, and campground with full hookups. It is several hours drive from our home town, and it isnt a place we would go to as a camping destination in and of itself, but we often take long trips up into Canada and if it is late when we are heading home then this is a good stopping point to overnight before going the last few hours drive home. There is also a great Scandanavian restaurant down the block with lots of local ethnic heritage recipes that is a big draw for the region. We have neighbors at home who are originally from this town, and the campground is good for family reunions and other special events. The surrounding area has a lot of moose, so one special event is the annual Moose festival which is worth attending. If you are into birdwatching this is a stop on the Pine to Prairie Birding Trail, just as the nearby Twin Lakes WMA nature preserve is a seasonal stop for migratory birds and waterfowl. The town is also along the “Dancing Waters Scenic Byway” , a scenic road that runs roughly parallel to the Canadian border and is known for views of the northern lights and for great views of the Milky Way in case you are interested in Dark Skies and astronomy.

Disadvantages: the campground is more oriented to RVs than tents; its on first-come first-served basis, which usually isnt a problem but could be on an event weekend; and, unfortunately, a train line with occasional trains does pass by the vicinity which creates some noise.

The campground doesnt seem to have its own website, but here is some info: its $12 a night for campsites, bathrooms available, hookups abailable. Call (218) 436-2178 at the city office if you have more questions. See community website for more info on the town, including the park:

Primitive Site 88

My girls and I had a great day and night at TRSP. Tons of trails for biking and hiking. Some of the biking was too hilly for my 7 year old though. Our campsite was #88 which was a great spot. Nice and secluded along the river. I didn’t bring a cart though so we had to wall back and forth from the parking lot since it isn’t a full drive in site. There weren’t any carts available to bring your stuff to your site. I will know better next time. Very quiet overall but you could hear traffic at night on Hwy 2. There is also perfect trees for hanging your hammock. Will love to come back this winter for snowshoeing for sure and again for camping!

Hikers Paradise!

Such a well maintained park! There are so many trails to explore. Great shelters all over the park as well as rental cabins.

Very Nice Campground

This is an in the city campground that is clean and well maintained. Showers are free and seem to last forever on one push of the button. It’s walking distance close to restaurants, a movie theater and other stores/shops. It’s also set along the Greater Grand Forks greenway with miles of paved bike/walking/jogging paths on both sides of the river. Sites are pretty large and open some more shaded than others but it really seems to be used most by larger motor homes, 5th wheels and travel trailers. If you are a tenter you can camp but you are not going to be out in the secluded woods , you will see your fellow campers and their rigs. The campground is quiet for an in city campground and there is some car/road noise but it’s more like white background noise that really did not intrude on our 3 night stay. If you want a nice campground to spend a few day this is a great spot, if you need privacy and seclusion and miles of wide open wilderness pass it by. Oh and for the kids and young at heart there ice cream truck that travels through a couple times a day/evening…

Halma city park

Great and friendly people … they are currently expanding and upgrading electric and sewer

Nice park

This is a little hidden gem. Beautiful park with nice well kept bath houses with showers. Nice parks for the kids and ranger activities at night on the weekends. Fun little hikes and a nice beach area. Large campsites with power and water hookups. We stayed in the North campground but will try to get into the West one next time for more shade and privacy.

An Oasis in a Wasteland

This campground is gorgeous, and they have plenty of hiking trails all around the park. It is reasonably priced to camp here, and it is never crowded!

Beautiful State Park

Turtle River State park has beautiful mature ash trees for a nice shady camp spot. There are numerous sites with water and electricity with central location shower houses. The camp sites are large, level and secluded.There are lovely wide trails for biking and hiking and a river runs through the park. There are also walk-in sites, cabins and open tenting sites.

Small park in front of a golf course just outside of a neighborhood.

Park has electric and rv outlets throughout. It's located on a small river, in front of a golf course and behind a neighborhood. It has a pool open during summer, as well as showers and bathrooms. There is only one hook up for water. All and all it's a quaint little park if your rv camping. No tents allowed.

Urban Camping

Nice facilities but very little privacy and shade. Very large playground and pool over the hill from campground as well as many smaller playgrounds throughout the park. HC Trail takes you through town and through a cool tunnel.

Nice Park

The park was nice and well marked. Had a beach and an observation tower that would be worth a visit. Trail was a bit boring without much shade and anywhere near standing water had a bad odor. Perhaps summer season had something to do with it, would visit again.

Fab HC Trail in July!

Park is on the smaller side compared to other state parks but was great with a very nice beach. Scenic prairie trail with tons of wild life to watch like butterflies, frogs, chipmunks, grasshoppers, and caterpillars. Wild Raspberries grow along the trail as well.

Fab HC Trail in July!

Park is on the smaller side compared to other state parks but was great with a very nice beach. Scenic prairie trail with tons of wild life to watch like butterflies, frogs, chipmunks, grasshoppers, and caterpillars. Wild Raspberries grow along the trail as well.

Nice area and historical

This was a really cool park to go to, there’s a couple historical building for those interested in history and mills. Many trails to walk on and there’s a beach area for those who like to swim. Campsites are nicely spread out and everyone is friendly.

There something for everyone, whether it’s fishing, educational, or camping

Came here during the week and it was very nice. There is several things available from kayak rental to paddle boarding, there’s a nice area for families to swim at and also an area for those who want to fish. Many historical sites can be found on the area including the museum in the visitors center.


clean campground. bathrooms nice and clean. good water pressure and hot. small playground. near highway and many shopping/ restaurants. train near by, but not bothersome.

Great place

Great state campground. friendly staff and super programs for the family by the naturalist. our family loves the place!

Turtle River

looking to get away from the flat land of North Dakota? This park is where to be. Lots of great trails with some awesome views.

Memorial day camping

Very enjoyable camping experience with family

A Park with Quiet Beauty

While this park isn't a take your breath away experience, it is a solid park for hiking and solitude. We went in fall so we didn't get to enjoy but there was a beautiful sand beach to swim at that would be perfect in the summer time.

Worth Drive for this Beauty and Solitude

This park is an undiscovered gem. During our visit we didn't see a single other person! The tundra prairie grass is gorgeous and unlike what you can see in most of the other parks.

The campground is perfect. We went in the non-electric side and had the place to ourselves. The electric sites do get busy and seemed to be used by families. Our site was nicely wooded for shade and there was good vegetation between sites for privacy.

Picturesque area in northeastern ND along Turtle River

Picturesque area in northeastern ND. Nice and close camping within northeast ND for those that don't want to venture far from Fargo-Grand Forks-Grafton stretch or far off the northern 29 route. TRSP is located 22 miles west of Grand Forks on Highway 2. Easy to find! Reasonable and affordable nightly rates for both primitive RV and tent sites. Electrical hookups available. Free showers! You'll find the landscape partly wooded, prairie grasses, and the beautiful Turtle River. We utilized the river to cool off in the water & sightseeing. We also brought bikes to utilize on the trails. Kid friendly camping. For those looking for camping close to home in eastern ND and you're not wanting the lake scene, highly recommend TRSP.

Beautiful location

TRSP is a great location for families. Tons of hiking and biking trails. Cross country skiing and sledding in the winter. Beautiful scenery along the Turtle River.

Beautiful location

TRSP is a great location for families. Tons of hiking and biking trails. Cross country skiing and sledding in the winter. Beautiful scenery along the Turtle River.

Someting for everyone in the family to do!

We had fun there was something for everyone in the family tip do. Hiking, fishing and sight seeing.