Ft. Ransom State Park

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Ft. Ransom State Park

North Dakota

(701) 973-4331

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Fort Ransom State Park, which takes its name from an 1860s military fort, is located in the midst of the scenic and heavily wooded Sheyenne River valley, along a nationally designated scenic byway. The river provides abundant opportunities for canoeing, fishing and bird watching. Wildlife species thrive throughout the park. White-tailed deer are especially abundant. Other species that may be seen are raccoon, beaver, squirrels, mink, coyote and fox. Numerous species of songbirds, birds of prey and shorebirds can be spotted at various times of the season. A short segment of the North Country National Scenic Trail can be found within the park. During the summer, picnicking and camping are favorite activities, while cross-country skiing is a popular winter sport. A farmstead within the park is the setting for the annual Sodbuster Days celebration, with demonstrations and exhibits of homesteading life. Canoe rentals are offered. Horse corrals are available for those who bring in their own horses, but no horse rentals are available.

Map of Ft. Ransom (ND)

Latitude, Longitude: 46.550803, -97.935538



  • Bicycling

    Want to see North Dakota's varied scenery up close? Then bicycling, ranked as the number one participation sport in North Dakota, is the perfect sport for you. Whether you're looking for a short trek on a paved bike trail, a long-distance ride out on North Dakota's scenic highways, or an exciting off-road mountain bike ride, North Dakota has a route to meet your quest.

  • Camping

    The park offers both reservable and first come first serve campsites.

  • Fishing

    A boat ramp makes fishing the Sheyenne River easy for visitors. Canoeing is also popular on the Sheyenne River during the summer, with canoe and kayak rentals available in the park.

  • Hiking

    A short segment of the North Country National Scenic Trail winds through the park.

  • Historic Sites

    A farmstead within the park provides the setting for annual Sodbuster Days celebrations, with demonstrations and exhibits of early homesteading life. Held twice each summer on the second full weekend in July and the weekend after Labor Day, Sodbuster Days attract visitors for demonstrations of horse-drawn fieldwork, antique machinery displays, blacksmithing and farm cooking.

  • Horseback Riding

    Corrals and trails are provided for groups bringing in their own horses. Those bringing in livestock must use certified weed-free hay, which is available for sale at the park.

  • Picnicking

    Picnic areas are available to visitors within the park.

  • RVing

    A trailer dump station is available to visitors with RVs.

  • Winter Sports

    Snowmobile and cross-country skiing trails allow visitors to enjoy the park during the winter months.



From I-94 at Valley City, take exit 292 south on County Road 21 for 22 miles; east on ND Highway 46 for half a mile; south on County Road 58 for nine miles; then south on Walt Hjelle Parkway three miles through the town of Ft. Ransom to park entrance.

Phone Numbers


(701) 973-4331