Taking its name from a 1860s military fort, Fort Ransom State Park is located in the midst of the scenic and heavily wooded Sheyenne River Valley. The river provides abundant opportunities for canoeing, fishing and bird watching, while within the park can be found a short segment of the North Country National Scenic Trail.

During the summer, horseback riding 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.


Fort Ransom State Park North Dakota
5981 Walt Hjelle Pkwy, Fort Ransom, ND 58033, United States



The park is open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. for use year-round.

Quiet hours are between 10 p.m. – 7 a.m. year-round.


Permits are $25/year and can be purchased at any ND state park or online at travel.parkrecnd.com.

The park charges a transportation fee of $20 with an additional $15 if another vehicle is required for transportation.


Contact Details

Phone: (701) 973-4331

Email: frsp@nd.gov

Official Website: Fort Ransom State Park North Dakota


Area Attractions

Suggested Equipment for Fort Ransom State Park:


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.

Activities & Tips


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