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.
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East Grand Forks city pool is under repairs for the summer. Information on other pools in area can be obtained at park office. Reminder that all campsites are 100% reservable so make your reservation now. Visit mndnr.gov/reservations or dial 1-866-857-2757
If traveling on Hwy 2, construction has begun on Kennedy Bridge. Traffic is reduced to single lanes in each direction. If traveling east, the ramp to 4th street is closed. The next exit to campground is at end of road work, watch for Red River SRA signage.
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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.
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515 2nd Street Northwest
East Grand Forks, MN 56721
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 4th and then a left turn into the parking lot for the Riverwalk Center mall and follow the avenue of flags to the park office.