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Fort Ransom State Park


North Dakota's homesteading heritage is preserved at Fort Ransom State Park.

The park, nestled in the picturesque and heavily-wooded Sheyenne River Valley, officially opened in July 1979. This park is managed as a natural and scenic area, and is located on one of North Dakota's officially designated Scenic Byways and Backways, the Sheyenne River Valley National Scenic Byway.

Fall at FRSP

Canoeing is popular on the Sheyenne River during the summer, with canoe and kayak rentals available in the park. A short segment of the North Country National Scenic Trail winds through the park. 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.

A farmstead within the park provides the setting for annual Sodbuster Days celebrations, with demonstrations and exhibits of early homesteading life.

Snowmobiling and cross-country skiing are the major winter activities.


* Please do not rely on GPS to navigate to this park. Follow the road signs. We have had visitors get very lost when trying to use GPS in this area.

34 miles south of Valley City or 20 miles northwest of Lisbon or 2 miles north of the town of Ft. Ransom in southeastern North Dakota. (Maps)

Nearby Attractions

Town of Fort Ransom • Fort Ransom State Historic Site • Sheyenne Valley Arts & Crafts Festival • Ransom Country Historical Museum • Viking Statue Monument • Swinging Bridge • Sheyenne National Grassland • Sheyenne State Forest • Bear's Den Hill Ski Area • Sheyenne River Valley National Scenic Byway • Sheyenne Valley Snowmobile Trail • Little Yellowstone, Clausen Springs & Dead Colt Creek parks • Golf Courses

Trail Types

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