What to do in Cross Ranch State Park

*This information was provided by North Dakota Parks & Recreation Department*

Located along seven miles of the last free-flowing, undeveloped stretches of the Missouri River, North Dakota's Cross Ranch Centennial State Park is rich in both cultural and natural history.

The park is purposely left primitive to preserve the land's natural beauty. The River Peoples Visitor Center has displays and information about the once mighty Missouri River, which has now been tamed through a series of major dams and reservoirs along its length.

* 589 acres
* 70 sites
* 7 elec. sites at Sanger Campground-(RVs under 35 ft. only)
* Reservations
* Dump station
* Showers
* Log cabins
* Visitor center
* Boat ramp
* Canoe rentals
* Hiking trails
* Cross country ski trails
* Picnic shelters
* Playground

The park has two, year-round log cabins that can be rented, as well as a seasonal cabin available during the fall and winter months.

A back country area is open for those wishing to hike to their camping spot.

A boat ramp is available for those wishing to explore this scenic segment of the river, while anglers will find walleye, pike and bass in its waters. Canoe rentals are also available.

An extensive trail system can be explored either on foot or on cross country skis during the winter months. During the summer, the trails allow access to a 5,000-acre dedicated nature preserve where mixed grass prairie, river bottom forests and woody draws can be seen.

Cross Ranch State Park is located halfway between Center and Washburn, on the west side of the Missouri River. The park is located 12 miles southeast of Hensler via paved roads, or 6 miles by gravel. For paved access roads follow the brown park directional signs located on Hwy. 200 or Hwy. 25.

North Dakota lies on the central border between the United States and Canada. The Missouri River flows through the western regions of the state exiting into South Dakota. This area contains the largest parcels of public lands in North Dakota: Cedar River National Grasslands and Little Missouri National Grasslands. Several national wildlife refuges protect important waterfowl habitat on more than 100,000 acres in western North Dakota. Navigable rivers in the region include the Missouri River and its tributaries, the Little Missouri, Cannonball and Knife Heart.

1403 River Road
Center, ND 58530

Phone: 701-794-3731

Email: crsp@state.nd.us
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