Red River State Recreation Area

State: Minnesota

Address 1: 515 2nd Street Northwest

City: East Grand Forks

Zip: 56721

Phone: 218-773-4950

Open: Closed during the winter months

Number of Sites: 98

Electric: 70

Camp URL:

Full Hook: Yes

The creation of the Red River State Recreation Area was a grass root 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, is a state recreation area. Included in this greenway area is a new campground that features 98 campsites including 70 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.

Campgrounds: The campground has 98 campsites available during the summer camping season.

Electric Sites: 70 electric sites. Sewer and water hook-ups are available at the electric sites during the regular season.

Reservations: Reservations are recommended for weekends and holidays during the regular camping season.