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The best camping near Turtle River State Park

Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next Turtle River adventure.

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The best camping near Turtle River State Park guide



Turtle River State Park is aptly named for it’s location along the winding Turtle River. Plus, it sits in a gorgeous valley covered in woods. You can visit this delightful slice of nature throughout the year, and you’ll always find fun activities like camping, hiking, mountain biking, and fishing. While we’re on the topic of fishing, it’s worth noting that the river is regularly stocked with rainbow trout. Kids can even borrow fishing gear at the park’s office, so the whole fam can get in on the action. If you’ve always wanted to try out cabin camping, then consider renting out one of the park’s rustic group cabins.

Notable campgrounds

  • 65 Modern Campsites: Equipped with electricity and water, these sites offer a comfortable camping experience amid the park's natural splendor.
  • 3 Modern Group Campsites: Ideal for larger gatherings, these sites allow multiple units, perfect for family reunions or group outings.
  • 26 Primitive Campsites: For a more secluded and traditional camping experience, these sites provide a peaceful retreat in the heart of nature.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  • Book early, as campsites and seasonal lodging can be reserved 95 days in advance from your intended stay date.
  • Utilize the online reservation system or call the call center at 800-807-4723 for a streamlined booking process.
  • Be flexible with your dates, as some periods may be more popular and fill up quickly.
  • Explore nearby camping options if your preferred campsite is unavailable, ensuring you still enjoy the area's attractions.

When to go

The best time to visit Turtle River State Park is during the warmer months, from mid-May to mid-September, when all facilities are open and the full splendor of the park can be enjoyed. Winter offers a quiet, snowy escape for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, though some amenities may be limited.

Know before you go

  • Check the weather and prepare accordingly, as conditions can change rapidly in North Dakota's varied climate.
  • Remember that pets are welcome but must remain on a leash, with off-leash areas available in some parts of the park.
  • Non-smoking policies apply to all cabins, ensuring a clean and healthy environment for all guests.
  • Bring your own bedding and towels, as these are not provided in the cabins.
  • Be aware of park fees and cancellation policies, which can be found on the park's official website.

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