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Welcome to the Greenway!


The flood of 1997 dramatically altered the landscape of Grand Forks and East Grand Forks.  More than 56,000 people were evacuated before waters of the Red and Red Lake Rivers crested.  Seventy-five percent of Grand Forks and ninety-five percent of East Grand Forks were inundated with water.  The cities made national headlines as eleven of Grand Forks' downtown buildings burned.  Residents returned to find almost every home and business damaged by floodwaters.


Although some left the area, most residents stayed, and vowed to rebuild their communities and make them even better than before the Flood.  The cities of the Grand Forks and East Grand Forks have since rebuilt their communities and moved forward.  To ensure that Greater Grand Forks would be protected against future flooding, the US Army Corps of Engineers proposed the construction of a flood protection system including a Greenway, along the Red and Red Lake Rivers.


The Greenway provides a unique opportunity for year-round outdoor recreation activities in an urban setting.  Encompassing approximately 2,200 acres of natural open space in the heart of Grand Forks and East Grand Forks, the area hosts several parks, campground, golf courses, disc golf course, trails, shore bank fishing sites and rock dams.


River Conditions

Red River State Recreation Area Campground

Information on river conditions on the Red River is now available at http://nd.water.usgs.gov/canoeing/

The campground at Red River State Recreation Area, located along the banks of the Red River in downtown East Grand Forks, offers plenty of access to outdoor recreational opportunities in an urban setting.




The Grand Forks Herald



The Red River International Bike Tour

June 18 - 22

Five days, two states, two countries, 316 miles.

Come pedal the Plains with us!

Red Lake River Rendezvous

June 10

Have you tried disc golf in

Lincoln Drive Park? 

This 18 hole course is free and open to the public during park hours


Hosting an event or race in the Greenway?  

We'd love to include it on our Events Calendar.  Contact our staff at 701-787-3756 or kgreendahl@grandforksgov.com


Birds of the Greenway



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