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Buffalo River State Park makes up one of Minnesota's remaining prairies and is a beautiful place to explore no matter the season. As well as the prairie, there is a hardwood forest that runs alongside the river, giving you the best of all worlds. Alongside the Bluestem Prairie Scientific and Natural Area, it protects one of the highest quality prairies in the state and is most popular for swimming and picnicking.
The state park was originally established in 1937. At first it was created to provide recreational activities in an area that had very little. However, it wasn’t until the 1960s that the rarity of the land was recognized. Covering over 6000 acres, it draws people to search for an RV in Clay County from miles around. What makes the park even more popular is how close it is to nearby big towns such as Fargo, in the neighboring state of North Dakota, Detroit Lakes, and Fergus Falls.
A trip to Buffalo River State Park in a Fargo camper rental offers a diverse range of activities. However, nature lovers flock in their thousands to witness the huge number of plant, animal, and bird species that call the park their home. Prairie chickens, upland sandpipers, red foxes, coyotes, white-tailed deer and many other specifies make up the busy grassland community. Beavers and moose have also been observed in the area, as well as more than 200 species of bird.
As the name suggests, the Buffalo River runs through the park, which offers some great opportunities for water-related recreational activities. Many people come to the park to float the river by tube, kayak or canoe. The river flows freely for 151 miles and the float season typically begins in spring, as more water means a little more of a challenge in the white water. The season begins to move downstream with the months, and depending on the rainfall, floating opportunities are spread throughout the park through the whole season. It is always best to check the state of the river before renting a camper near Buffalo River State Park.
The 95000 acres of land that makes up Buffalo River Park are intertwined with numerous trails to accommodate the growing hiking and equestrian based recreational activities. There are also a number of side hikes, all of which showcase both the human and natural history that has shaped the area over the years. The park is split into distinct hiking districts including the Upper District, Tyler Bend and the Buffalo Point Area, the latter of which includes the state park RV campground trails which are the only trails which are dog-friendly.
Overall there are 35 motorhome camping areas available in the park for RVs, four of which are still open through the winter months. The campsites are connected to a 50, 30, and 20 amp service to suit your needs, and there are also flush toilets, hot showers, and a sanitary dump station for the use of campers. All sites are drive-in, so you must be able to back into these sites.
All of the sites are on flat terrain and can accommodate trailers up to 60 feet. Each site also has a fire ring, perfect for cooking a meal in the evening. There is even a swimming area and a number of nearby trails to use if you don't fancy straying too far from the Buffalo River State Park camping facilities.
There is also a large group campsite available which can accommodate up to 50 people.
The nearest big city to the park is Fargo, and the town is simply brimming with things to do and see. For animal lovers, the Red River Zoo is a must. You could spend hours looking at over 89 different species of creatures, both exotic and native. They specialize in the care of some of the rarest cold climate species on earth, including animals such as Chinese Red Panda, wolves, Prairie dogs, and more.
For a bit of culture, there are two large art galleries in town. The Rourke Art Gallery and Museum, located in nearby Moorhead, is the oldest art gallery in the area and is housed in a renovated post office building. It is a free attraction with over 5000 works of art on display from all over the world. The Plains Art Gallery is the other must-see, located in the city's downtown district. This is the place to head if you are interested in local area and has over 4000 works in its permanent collection alone, also with some national and regional pieces. Camp in an RV near Fargo to see all this and more.
The MSUM regional science center is adjacent to the Buffalo River State Park. Visitors are welcome to walk through the land, and maybe even encounter some scientific studies taking place. For a better understanding of what kind of work goes on here, pay a visit to the Interpretive Center which houses a large exhibit area, including an auditorium and bird observatory.