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Arvilla, North Dakota

Turtle River State Park

Arvilla, North Dakota



Arvilla, North Dakota
Phone: (701) 594-4445

Sites: 125
Recent Rate: $25 9/2016

Latitude: 47.938564
Longitude: -97.49968

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets no
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • RV Wash RV Wash no
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking yes
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service yes
  • Verizon Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers Verizon
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • yes-river Waterfront Waterfront yes-river
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Business Center Business Center no
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities no
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services no
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access no
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp no
  • Marina Marina no
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals no
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) yes
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals no
  • Hiking Hiking yes
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit ?
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball ?
  • Sports Field Sports Field yes
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games no
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment no
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre yes
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf no
  • Billiards Billiards no
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong no
  • Lake Lake no
  • Pond Pond yes
  • River River yes
  • Creek Creek ?
  • Ocean Ocean no
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

Review Details

Ratings overview

15 Reviews

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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice state park just off US 2. Easy in and easy out. Stayed in September so park was not full making it quite and private. Friendly staff. Pull through sites with electric and water hookups. Could seem crowded in peak times as sites were close together. Nice clean bathrooms. Call ahead to ensure space is available. We camped at Turtle River State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
30
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No

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Review Count: 139
States Visited: 39
Helpful Reviews: 25

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

Despite a couple of negatives, we really did like this campground. The price is decent although you have to purchase a separate daily or yearly pass for the car. It is a pretty park with lots of trees. And quite a few of them could use a good trim. There are low hanging branches and tight corners. We found that taking the second entrance into the campground is a shorter distance and hence you avoid some of the trees. The first entrance involves much dodging. The loops are narrow and tight and bi-directional. It was pretty vacant when we were there so we didn't have an issue playing chicken with other RVs. The sites are placed vertically with the entrance/exit leading right into the next site. The sites are gravel/dirt and pretty darn level. There are not many sites suitable for very large RVs. Oddly, you can hear some traffic noise but it's not bad. Due to trees, we could not get satellite. Verizon was 4g with 2 bars. The camp host was very informative and warned of bad weather and spraying for mosquitoes (they can be quite vicious at times!). The bathrooms are utilitarian, but functional and very clean. The park itself is well cared for and beautiful. There are lots of picnic areas and playgrounds. Biking is available on the road as well as off road on some fun trails that are maintained. We also got to see a mink! We camped here in a 45 foot motorhome and would stay here again. We camped at Turtle River State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
41
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Scraping Branches, Obstacles
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Keep an eye out for minks!

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Review Count: 134
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 17

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a place for hermits, a tranquil and serene little place to escape the noisy world. Some pull-thru sites are a bit tight for big rigs, as #57 turned out to be for us. But, #58 was perfect for our 38 foot, three slide RV. We had our own private little glade, isolated from everyone else by the brush and cottonwoods. Good Verizon and good AT&T cellphone and data reception. Very quiet - no noise but for the wind in the trees. We camped at Turtle River State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
58
Site Surface
Dirt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested

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Review Count: 13
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a really nice park. quiet, close proximity to AFB and the city of Grand Forks. Sites are spacious, and private. We really enjoyed staying there. We camped at Turtle River State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
69
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

There isn't a whole lot to do in Grand Forks. I took my grandson (3 years old) hiking on the trails, and to the playground. It looks like there is good fishing in the river there. We enjoyed our stay there.

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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: September, 2014 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

Pretty sites but boy-o-boy the mosquitoes. The sites are level and the road in the campground is fairly negotiable. My 27' RV made it around OK but larger rigs might have a little difficulty. One site I tried had a stripped water hook up causing me to relocate to another site. The store looked to be well stocked even though I did not buy anything there. I recommend taking with you or buying at the store some mosquito repellent. We camped at Turtle River State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 143
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 19

Date of Stay: July, 2014 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

This park is well-maintained (grass mowed, trees trimmed, etc.) with lots of space outside of the campground loops. The campground loops; however, are in a small space and maneuvering within them can be difficult. There is a narrow, two-way road through each loop and no where to go if you meet another driver on the road. The sites themselves are adequate. The paid staff was not very friendly, but the host greeted us immediately and even had treats for our dog. He was terrific. Showers were clean and the water warm (not hot). It's good for overnight, but I wouldn't want to spend much more than that here. We camped at Turtle River State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2014 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed one night over the 4th of July weekend, even though full to capacity, campground was very quiet and peaceful. Staff was very friendly and went out of the way to accommodate our needs. We were VERY impressed with the showers. Unlike many state park showers/restrooms which can be buggy and not so clean, the facilities at this park were spotless. The showers were well laid out and secure, had great water pressure and plenty of hot water. Most of all, was nice to not have to deal with all the bugs that seem to end up in most state park restrooms/showers. In a truly enchanting, very GREEN setting by the river, with lots of paved places to ride bikes throughout the park. It is just a beautiful park that we look forward to visiting again. We camped at Turtle River State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 27
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: July, 2013 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a beautiful park and very well maintained. Staff was great, Verizon worked well, the bugs were bad, the sites were big, you must drive almost 25 miles for food, restaurants, etc., but we loved it and wished we could have stayed much longer. We camped at Turtle River State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 134
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 17

Date of Stay: July, 2013 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Large sites, little grassy glades in the cottonwood forest, where the only thing you'll hear is the warble of the tanagers and the breeze in the trees. This enchanting state park is for those who are seeking serenity and visual beauty - not much excitement is to be found anywhere near. We stayed three nights, and would have liked to have stayed longer. Helpful staff, $4/bundle firewood, Verizon 4G works great (T-Mobile does not). We camped at Turtle River State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 32
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: July, 2012 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

What a great campground, beautiful large sites with trees and grass. Would highly recommend this park to stay for multiple days . Half of the sites are first come first serve, so you should be able to get a site. Great place, very relaxing and there were no bugs to speak of. May or may not be able to get satellite signal because of all the trees. Local channels available over the air however, and Verizon 3G was good for data and cell service. Would definitely return. We camped at Turtle River State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 196
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 14

Date of Stay: June, 2012 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice state park with historic CCC buildings and memorial. We were only overnighting and didn't find a lot to do here, but it was a nice spot to stay, close enough to the road to be easy to access, but far enough away to be quiet. Not my favorite kind of sites, though--pull-throughs without vegetation "screens" so everybody is looking at everybody. It was a quiet summer mid-week night, but it looked like a great spot for families on the weekends. We camped at Turtle River State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 29
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: September, 2007 - $19.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a beautiful park. We were here off season so we were able to hookup to both electric and water. The water might be difficult to connect if the park is full. Definitely worth a visit. We camped at Turtle River State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2007 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

This is such a lovely place! The campsites are in deep woods, and it's very quiet. The people who work there are very friendly and knowledgeable about the area. It was not full on the July 4 holiday. The restrooms are so clean you could eat off the floor. We camped at Turtle River State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2007 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

Used to camp here when I was young, and it was kept in much better shape then in terms of mowing and grooming. The trails, however, are in great condition and the rangers are very nice people and put a lot of effort into their children programs. Without a swimming pool (closed around 8 years ago) or lake, the kids might get a bit bored if they're young. If they're old enough to go off biking by themselves, they'll stay entertained. They have a nice area down by the CCC picnic area near the river, but it's not really conducive to swimming for children due to the current. IMO, Icelandic is a much better option. We camped at Turtle River State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 56
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: August, 2006 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

Very under used state park. Mid summer we shared the whole place with one other camper and the very nice campground host. Good 30amp electric, some sites have their own water. All sites are pull thru on either side of the interior road. Plenty of room for our 38' quad slide 5th wheel. Lots of trees but we were able to get our satellite dish to peek through. A nice place to stop for a few days and about 20 miles from Grand Forks. We camped at Turtle River State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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