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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.
Stayed here on our family vacation to various state parks in ND. Although, this was a nice place, it was the bottom in our list of places we visited. No swim beach - we ended up going over to Larimore Dam rec area, which was awesome!! Had some geocaches, but TONS of poison ivy!!!! Even had sprouts if it in our mowed campsite! We were careful & nobody got it. Had a scavenger hunt while we were there, which was a nice way to explore a bit. Nice trails.
This campground used to be houses before flooding so the roads are paved campsites are pretty open mostly all pull through sites. Walk in campsites on the red river give amazing views and seclusion just a short walk away. Campground is also right downtown East Grand Forks for easy access for any supplies.
This would be an interesting park for birders, and as some other reviewers have said it is like an oasis in the prairie, a forested enclave. The interpretive staff at the visitors center are enthusiastic, the river is good for fishing, and there are a lot of trails. It is a good get-away for folks who live in the Grand Forks area. Unfortunately, we were there on an event weekend—“Halloween in July” which meant the campsites were jam packed for the weekend with people eager to be costumed ghouls and do various tricks and treats. RVs were jam packed in, as were the tent sites, and even the hike-in campsites seemed crowded. It was also very buggy which is probably to be expected in a lowland with wetlands. One great appeal was a really great dog park! One if the nicest I’ve seen, and surprising that there would be one in a state park. For fans of winter recreation, this is apparently a hotspot for skiing and snowshoeing, and I can see coming back for that. But probably not for camping in the summer, possibly in the fall when less buggy and less crowded
This is a jewel of a city campground located along the Pembina River and adjacent to the Pembina Gorge State Recreation area. Although the Gorge is administered by the ND State Parks program, there is no camping within the Gorge itself as it is a nature preserve and protected paleontology site. So, the nearby Walhalla city campground is the only option for camping right in the vicinity, and it is a great option, and is a good place for a family vacation in and of itself.
The campground is located within Walhalla’s beautiful city park, and the extensive campsite options include spacious riverside campsites with full hookups if desired, wooded standard campsites, and a spacious lush shady and grassy primitive tenting area that is wuiet and comfortable. All sites have easy access to a couple if canoe or kayak launch sites, as well as a beautiful sparkling swimming pool, brand new playground, outdoor amphitheater for summer programs, historic settler cabins, picnic areas, and easy walking distance to cafes and shops in town. The bathhouse and restrooms are very clean, the grounds are beautifully maintained with gardens and stately trees, and the community clearly takes tremendous pride in this beautiful park.
A very short drive will take you to gorgeous scenic overlook areas nearby, with picnicking high above the river, and a few minutes further away you get to various canoe and kayak launch sites for the Pembina River whitewater paddle trail, or trailheads for myriad hiking trails in the Terault State Forest or the Pembina Gorge. The Gorge also offers regularly scheduled fossil dig expeditions that the public can sign up for. The gorge region also has miles of backroad OHV trails and horse trails. At the FrostFire section of the park, on the south side of the Gorge, is a state park headquarters that includes a winter center for both downhill and cross country skiing, and a summer center with hiking trails and extensive mountain biking trails, with the option of a chair lift ride up or down the gorge for trail access or just a view. There is an equipment rental shop here (skis, kayaks, mountain bikes etc) , a cafe and dining room, and an outdoor summerstock theater that presents musicals. There is a beautiful golf course located between the town and the gorge as well.
A family would easily find a weeks worth of activities to do right in the vicinity of the campground, all while staying at a city campground that is of state park quality. Best of all, since it is a bit “off the beaten path” at the end of the Rendezvous River Regional History Trail, there are not hordes and crowds of people here and it is so peaceful and enjoyable.
Primitive tent sites are $15 a day. Standard sites for tents or RVs with hook up otions are $25 a day. The tenting area is quiet and lightly used, and set apart from the other campsites. If you want a standard campsite right on the river, we highly recommend sites G or F. If you want a quieter spacious standard site back towards the woods, site 7 would be good.
Useful links for local activities:
Pembina River Water Trail (kayak access at campground): https://www.ndtourism.com/walhalla/attractions/pembina-river-trail
Palenotology Digs: https://www.dmr.nd.gov/ndfossil/digs/2020/2020_Pembina_Gorge.pdf
FrostFire Park of the Pembina Gorge: https://frostfirepark.org/
FrostFire Summer Theater: https://www.facebook.com/frostfiresummertheatre/
Pembina Gorge Horseback Riding: https://rendezvousregion.com/activityhorsebackriding.html
Rendezvous Region HisNatural Hisotry and Cultural History Trails https://rendezvousregion.com/
Tetrault Woods Hiking: https://www.ndtourism.com/walhalla/attractions/tetrault-woods-state-forest
Walhalla scenic overlook and picnicking: https://www.ndtourism.com/walhalla/attractions/masonic-scenic-overlook
Walhalla Country Club: https://www.facebook.com/Walhalla-Country-Club-905429276174089/
Other general Walhalla area info: http://www.walhalland.org/
Modern camping which is for RV’s only have power and water at sites. But the tent sites are very big and restrooms are never far. Showers were spotless smelled great and HOT water. Well staffed and polite and take pride in their work. They have wood and Ice available at the center.
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!