A typical city park with some swing sets and a playground. We came up here to play in a softball tourney and the ball diamonds are close by. I enjoyed my stay for a couple of days. It was nice to get away and enjoy the slower life in a smaller town. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Great primitive park with weekend activities. There are no hookups at this park. Camping fee is $12, plus you have to pay $5 vehicle fee (total $17) unless you have the North Dakota Annual Pass, then you only pay $12. Great spacing between the sites, good privacy. Lots of shade. There are also Yurts and great cabins to rent. If you are ambitious, there are some great "park here, hike it in" tent sites that offer great privacy. There are also regular tent sites, too. There are water faucets where you can fill up with water. Although the water is potable, recommend running the water through some filters as it's "well" water. On weekends, there are some great interpretive programs, (We learned to make ice cream!) and some concerts from local bands. If you don't mind dry camping, this is a great place to relax. This park doesn't get full, it seems to be a well kept secret. The park also has wintertime activities. One more thing: If your GPS routes you through Hensler, ignore the GPS. The road from Hensler involves going on a dirt road that, CAN, be dicey for RV's, especially after a rainstorm. Instead, take Highway 83 to ALT 200 until you get to Washburn, navigate from there. Follow the signs. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This campground is part of Cross Ranch State Park and is located two miles from the main part of Cross Ranch. If you self-register, and don't go into the main part of Cross Ranch, you are not required to pay the $5 vehicle fee on top of the camping fee. (This was my understanding, but I strongly urge you to check with the park on this. ) The electric sites ($15) are on one side of the driving road. The non-electric sites ($12) are on the other side of the driving road and face the river. Again, those are the prices that were on the sign. The non-electric sites are intended for tents, RV's do not fit into them (except for site 16, I'll explain later in this review). If you are in a tent site, you park along the driving road, and there is a small path down to your camping site. The electric sites are back-in, and are easy to get into as long as you are camping mid-week when it's not busy. However, if you bring an RV in for a weekend when it's busy, you have to maneuver around all the cars parked in front of the tent sites. Dicey! The electric sites have only an electric pole, no water or sewer. There is a water faucet at the entrance to the campground where you can fill up. Although the water is potable, might want to run it through a couple of filters as it's "well" water. There is no sewer dump. The closest sewer dump is in the main part of Cross Ranch, but if you go into the main part of Cross Ranch, you will have to pay the $5 vehicle fee (unless you have the North Dakota annual pass). Easier just to say "no sewer dump at this campground." There is a boat launch near the campground, and a picnic area and hiking trail. If you like to fish and don't mind dry camping, try to get site 16. It's kind of "hidden" and you have to go to the boat ramp to access it. You can creatively get an RV down there. Site 16 gives you "front row fish out your window" opportunity. Good place to overnight if you are out in the middle of nowhere in North Dakota and just need a place to stop. One more thing: If your GPS routes you through Hensler, IGNORE. Instead, take Highway 83 to Alt 200 until you get to Washburn, and navigate from there. Follow the signs. Sanger will be 2 miles BEFORE the main entrance to Cross Ranch. We camped here in a Motorhome.