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Red River State Recreation Area

The creation of the Red River State Recreation Area was a grass roots effort that came about as a result of the flood of 1997 that devastated the communities of East Grand Forks, MN and Grand Forks, ND. After the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers redrew the floodplain, the Federal Emergency Management Agency bought 500 homes and other buildings in East Grand Forks along the Red and Red Lake Rivers.

Various structures and homes were removed and the land -- now a 1,200-acre greenway -- became a state recreation area. Included in this greenway area is a new campground that features 113 campsites, including 85 electric sites that have full hookups (sewer and water).

The new recreation area also includes trails for walking and biking, areas for picnicking, and rivers for fishing and boating. The recreation area's setting in an urban area offers visitors access to outdoor recreational opportunities, as well as shopping and dining facilities within walking distance of one another.

Tell me more about this park's wildlife, history, geology and landscape.

Visitor Alert!

Sherlock campground scheduled to open May 1st, weather permitting. City of East Grand Forks pool will not be open this summer due to repairs.Reservations can be made one year in advance online www.mndnr/reservation or dial 1-866-857-2757. Contact the park office for more information: 218-773-4950.

Park Notes

Be fascinated. Check out the naturalist programs and other activities scheduled at the park.

Virtual Tour:

Take a virtual tour. It's a great tool to help you plan your next trip to the recreation area! Panoramic tour | Snapshot tour

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Don't move firewood!

Burning non-local firewood can spread invasive species, and it's against Minnesota state law. Learn more. Always buy your firewood at the park, or from an approved local vendor. Find firewood vendors for Red River State Recreation Area.

Park Highlights

tree Full Hook-up Campsites

tree Boating/Fishing/Birding

tree Picnicking

tree Paved Multi-use Trails

tree Nearby Dining and Shopping

tree Urban Setting


Daily 9:00am-5:00pm


515 2nd Street Northwest
East Grand Forks, MN 56721

tel: 218-773-4950

email: redriver.statepark@state.mn.us

Getting There

If traveling east on Highway 2, cross the Kennedy Bridge into East Grand Forks and take the first exit. Follow 4th Street NW to the parking lot for the Riverwalk Center mall, make a right turn and follow the avenue of flags to the park office. If traveling west, take a left turn at the intersection of Highway 2 and Highway 220 and follow DeMers Avenue to 4th Street NW. Take a right turn at Java Coffee and then a left turn into the parking lot for the Riverwalk Center mall and follow the avenue of flags to the park office.