Urban camping

Camped here due to my son having a swim meet in Fargo and we were going to tack on camping in Glacier National Park after this. So decided to camp in Fargo. This camp is in a public park next to the river. The park is big and appears to be well utilized by the public. We stayed in the B loop which is by the river. The A loop is basically a parking lot next to the bath house, and it seems like there was very little room between campers/ really packed them in there- would suffice for a night passing through. The B loop sites were also small with little room between neighbors and nothing in between sites, no trees. On the weekend there were people cutting through our site to fish the river which made us a bit nervous since we had our two kids with us and also worried about theft. There was significant noise from the nearby interstate (trucks, cars, and frequent sirens from police) and bright lights shining which made it hard for us to sleep.

The bathrooms and showers were adequate and fairly clean. Saw the occasional local homeless person come utilize the facility which also made us nervous. Nothing ever happened but could be safety issue with children.

There was rental bikes and canoes which was fun for the kids, as well as fishing- only caught one catfish but was fun anyway. There was firewood for sale and snacks available for purchase if needed.

Cost was a bit steep at $30 - we use a tent. Most people were in campers. Each site had water and electric though which was convenient. Not high in our list to return to but met our needs and we had a good time overall.


Great camping spot. Easy access to many popular hiking trails, clean, and walking distance to the Swiftcurrent camp store for food and beer supplies. Lots of opportunities to view wildlife on this side of the park. Saw moose and bears within a half mile walk. A moose and calf visited the camp one evening. Sites are mostly shaded, potable water and clean bathrooms. Showers available at the Swiftcurrent lodge for about $4 for 8min shower.

Only downside if you don’t have a reserved site, need to get in line early. We got there at 4am and were not the first to get there. Reserve site if possible, otherwise plan to get there no later than 4:30am during peak season to secure a site.