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Cross Ranch State Park


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.

Missouri River at CRSP

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 country ski and snowshoe rentals are available.

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


Cross Ranch State 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. (Maps)


From Interstate 94 – Take exit 147 and head North on Hwy 25. Continue North For 18.7 miles. Turn right onto 28th Ave SW and continue for 5 miles. Take a right on 16th St. SW and continue heading east for 4.4 miles until you reach a T in the road. Turn Left onto 15th St SW. The park entrance is 2 miles north on your right.

From Hwy 83 – take Hwy 200 West (Washburn) for 4.2 miles. Turn left onto 28th Ave SW for 5.6 miles. Turn left onto 16th St SW for 4.4 miles. Turn Left onto 15th St SW. The park entrance is 2 miles north on your right.

Nearby Attractions

Cross Ranch Nature Preserve • Fort Mandan and Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center • Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site • Smith Grove • Coal Mine and Power Plant Tours • Fort Clark State Historic Site • Golf Courses

Trail types

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