Turtle River State Park gets new stocking of rainbow trout

Park manager Steve Crandall of Turtle River State Park near Arvilla, N.D., just emailed and said the park just got its last spring batch of rainbow trout this afternoon from the North Dakota Game and Fish Department. The park got about 1,500 rainbow trout weighing about a half-pound each, Crandall said — more than twice as many trout as usual — and no additional stocking is planned until late September once the Turtle River cools off.

“River is warming up fast, so we encourage folks to come catch ’em,” Crandall said in an email.

The park sells North Dakota fishing licenses and has a small variety of Berkeley Power Bait for sale at the Visitor Center, Crandall said. “Loaner” fishing rods also are available for anyone who needs one.

Turtle River State Park gets 800 rainbow trout

I just got an email from Steve Crandall, manager of Turtle River State Park, saying the North Dakota Game and Fish Department this afternoon stocked about 800 rainbow trout into the Turtle River at the park.

Rainbow trout provide fishing opportunities every spring at Turtle River State Park. (Brad Dokken photo)

For those of you who’ve never been there, put it on your list. Turtle River State Park is about 20 miles west of Grand Forks off U.S. Highway 2 near Arvilla, N.D.

Crandall said all roadways in the park are now open to provide better access to the river. While the park is technically open year-round, day-use areas close at dark, and camping this time of year is limited to primitive until water and electrical services can be provided.

Check the Park’s Facebook page here frequently for updates as more services become available.

The park’s “full-service” season starts May 16, Crandall said, at which time all campsites, use areas and facilities will be available for the season. Until then, Visitor Center hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Vehicles entering the park after hours can utilize the self-registration system in the Visitor Center vestibule, which is available 24/7.

Trout to be stocked today at Turtle River State Park

If you’re a fan of stream trout fishing, you might want to make a trip to Turtle River State Park west of Grand Forks.

A rainbow trout from the Turtle River in May 2010.

Park manager Steve Crandall told me this afternoon the North Dakota Game and Fish Department was en route with a truckload of 700 pounds of rainbow trout to stock in the Turtle River.

The trout should be stocked late this afternoon or early this evening. Crandall said the rainbows average about a half-pound each, and with relatively low water levels, they should be readily accessible to anglers.