Cross Ranch State Park is located along some of the last free-flowing and undeveloped stretches of the Missouri River. While exploring Cross Ranch State Park, visitors may find themselves traveling back in time, catching a glimpse of the landscape as it appeared to Native Americans inhabiting the area hundreds of years ago, or hearing the echoes of the Lewis and Clark Expedition making its way to the Pacific coast along the Missouri River.
Cross Ranch has nearly 17 miles of trails that cater to the adventurer all year long. This extensive trail system can be explored either on foot or cross-country skis during the winter months. The trail system allows access to a 5,000-acre nature preserve with mixed prairie grass, river bottom forests, woody draws, and roaming bison.
Cabins, yurts and a tipi are all available for overnight lodging along with two different campgrounds. A boat ramp is available for those wishing to explore this scenic segment of the river. Anglers will find walleye, trout, catfish, salmon, pike and bass in its waters.
Cross Ranch State Park
1403 River Rd, Center, ND 58530, United States
The following activities within the park should be done with utmost caution. Make sure that you have the proper protective gear and equipment necessary to make your adventures safe and accident-free. We advise you to read the TIPS underneath each activity to serve as a guide on what you may need to bring in order to enjoy your stay fully.
s can either use the park’s main primitive campground, the nearby Sanger Campground which has electrical hookups or hike to their camping spot in a backcountry area. Three cabins are available for meetings or overnight rental.
The park’s boat ramp allows boaters access to the Missouri River. Canoe rentals are also available within the park.
Over 16 miles of hiking trails wind through Cross Ranch State Park and Nature Preserve. Trail guides are available at the park’s visitor center.
Anglers will find walleye, pike, and bass in the stretch of the Missouri River located within the park.
During the winter, 10 miles of the park’s trails are groomed for cross-country skiing.
The park has both small and medium-size group picnic shelters available for group reservations. A small (6 tables) and medium (15 tables) are available in the main park. Both have electrical outlets. A small shelter (no electrical outlet) is also available in the Sanger Campground.
Leave No Trace
North Dakota State Parks are proud community partners of LEAVE NO TRACE CENTER FOR OUTDOOR ETHICS. Everyone is advised to comply with the following:
PLAN AHEAD AND PREPARE
TRAVEL AND CAMP ON DURABLE SURFACES
DISPOSE OF WASTE PROPERLY
LEAVE WHAT YOU FIND
MINIMIZE CAMPFIRE IMPACTS
BE CONSIDERATE OF OTHER VISITOR
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