Turtle River State Park RV & Campground Guide

North Dakota

Turtle River State Park

is a beautiful park that is located in Arvilla, North Dakota. The largest city near the park is Grand Forks, and it has an international airport, so you have the option of flying to this area of North Dakota and renting an RV to use in the area to explore the state park. Turtle River State Park was made into a park in the 1930s, and most of it is wooded land that you will be able to explore. The river is stocked with trout, so anglers of all ages will love visiting the park. 

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Weather
Spring 32-67 F
Summer 70-85 F
Fall 35-70 F
Winter 15-35 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Turtle River State Park

When visiting state parks like Turtle River State Park, you will find that traveling in an RV with your family can help you create lots of memories. You can have ample space and some of the comforts that you enjoy at home as you travel. If you do not have your own RV, try renting one from RVshare.

Turtle River State Park Campground

Turtle River State Park Campground has mainly pull-through RV sites that can accommodate any size RV. There is a pet area where your furry family members can play, and there is water access at the camp that makes boating easy. Since there is no sewer hookup, you can use the dump station that is available to get rid of your waste.

  • Water hookup: Yes
  • Electrical hookup: Yes
  • Sewer hookup: No
  • Wi-Fi: No
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Other amenities: Showers, trails, a playground, fishing areas, horseshoe pits, and outdoor ball courts

Grizzly’s Corner Campground

Grizzly’s Corner Campground is a great place for fishing enthusiasts to stay. It gives you access to Devils Lake, where you can catch trophy fish with ease. In the winter, ice fishing trips are planned for visitors to enjoy as well.

  • Water hookup: Yes
  • Electrical hookup: Yes
  • Sewer hookup: Yes
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Other amenities: Fishing piers, boat access, and guided tours

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What to Do at
Turtle River State Park

Inside Turtle River State Park

When you visit Turtle River State Park, you will find 12 miles of hiking trails to trek on foot or to explore on a bike. Trails range in length from less than a mile to about 3 miles, so if you have experience, you can easily tackle more than a few trails during your visit. If you prefer to enjoy some fishing, the river is stocked so that you can practice different fishing techniques and still have a good chance of catching something. During the winter, sledding and cross-country skiing can also be enjoyed in the park.

Outside Turtle River State Park

In addition to the activities that you can enjoy inside Turtle River State Park, there are a lot of things that you can also enjoy nearby to make the most out of your time in the area. If you are looking for culture, check out some museums like the North Dakota Museum of Art, the Dakota Science Center, or the Empire Arts Center. Kids will love to spend some time at Splashers of the South Seas, an indoor water park located in Grand Forks.

Restaurants

Hitching Post

The Hitching Post is a place where you can grab a quick bite or sit down for a meal with the family. The menu has a number of things that range from burgers and sandwiches to a full steak dinner. If you are in the area on a Tuesday, make sure to stop in for taco night after 5:00 p.m. 

Type: American

Location: 323 Hughes Ave, Arvilla, ND 58214

Karen's Kuchens

If you enjoy eating homemade pies, then stop by Karen's Kuchens. The small eatery used to sell kuchens or cakes out of a van, but growth has made the business much larger and has given the location a storefront. The kuchens come in a variety of flavors that you can choose from.

Type: Bakery

Location: 1993 37th St NE, Larimore, ND 58251

DB’s The Station

DB’s The Station is a place where you can grab a quick burger and fries. Other sandwiches are also available at the restaurant, along with wraps, pizza, and more. Don't forget to save room for a milkshake.

Type: American

Location: 421 Towner Ave, Larimore, ND 58251

Airey Dining Facility

Airey Dining Facility is a restaurant that is designed to serve service members and their families. They have a wide variety of entrees to select from, including a taco bar, a potato bar, and a salad bar. You can also grab breakfast or lunch here if you would like a smaller meal during the day. 

Type: American

Location: 649 H St, Grand Forks AFB, ND 58205

Good Friends Bar and Grill

Good Friends Bar and Grill is a great place to grab a quick sit-down dinner with the family. You can get a quick burger and fries or wait for a sirloin or a jumbo shrimp dinner. This location offers amazing beer-battered onion rings that you will love.

Type: American

Location: 220 Towner Ave, Larimore, ND 58251

Shopping

Miller Foods

Miller Foods is a grocery store that will be convenient while you are camping. You can grab food to complete your meals. Toiletries and other self-care items like soap can also be found at the store.

Location: Lewis Ave, Larimore, ND 58251

Hugo's Family Marketplace

Hugo's Family Marketplace is a grocery store where you can get meat for dinner, deli products for a quick sandwich, and more. It also sells toiletries in case you start running low. The store has a pharmacy section, so you can easily grab some over-the-counter medications if you need them.

Location: 1925 13th Ave N, Grand Forks, ND 58203

Ragstock Grand Forks

Ragstock Grand Forks is a clothing store that has lots of creative gear that might interest you. It has sunglasses, which are great for traveling in the summer, as well as vintage sweatshirts and pajamas to keep you warm at night.

Location: 2800 S Columbia Rd, Grand Forks, ND 58201

Sightseeing

North Dakota Museum of Art

The North Dakota Museum of Art is a great place to visit to look at art exhibits and collections. When you visit, you can explore the museum on your own or take a guided tour of the facility. Don't forget to check the calendar to see what events will be held in the museum during your visit.

Location: 261 Centennial Dr, Grand Forks, ND 58202

Heritage Village

Heritage Village is a place where you can learn a lot about the history of the area. There are tours of the buildings that you can take part in and educational programs that give you a hands-on experience. Check the calendar to see if any heritage events are occurring during your visit.

Location: 219 20th St NE, East Grand Forks, MN 56721

Splashers of the South Seas

Splashers of the South Seas is an indoor water park that the whole family will love. There are slides, pools, and a big play area for the kids. There is even an adult hot tub for the parents to enjoy without being splashed by the little ones.

Location: 1000 S 42nd St, Grand Forks, ND 58201

Hatton-Eielson Museum

The Hatton-Eielson Museum focuses on the life and the childhood home of Carl Ben Eielson, a great pilot in aviation history. The museum holds airplanes that he flew, which are stored in the hangar. There are tours available during the afternoon on Sundays or with an appointment.

Location: 405 Eielson St, Hatton, ND 58240

Goose River Heritage Center Museum

The Goose River Heritage Center Museum was built in 1897 as a railway depot. It houses a schoolhouse, a barbershop, and several other buildings. In 1977, the location was listed on the National Register of Historic Places so that it is protected for future generations to see.

Location: 2-48 1st Ave SE, Mayville, ND 58257

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How to Get to
Turtle River State Park

From Grand Forks, travel west on US-2 for about 20 miles. Then, turn right onto Park Ave NE, and follow signs to the parking area. 

Entering Turtle River State Park

Turtle River State Park is open daily from 8:00 a.m. until dusk.

Entry fee per vehicle (1-4 adults) : $5

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