Lying along a seven mile stretch of the longest river in the US is Cross Ranch State Park. Not only is the park on the banks of the Big Muddy, but it happens to sit on the last free-flowing undeveloped stretch. Thatís saying a whole lot as the Missouri River is 2,540 miles long!
The park has a many hiking trails, rentals for canoes, primitive camping and a boat ramp. The hiking trails lead through the 5,000 acre nature preserve, where you can hike from the wooded river bottom to the top of the prairie hills above. The park has been left primitive to preserve the innate beauty of the land. You can choose to use the main primitive campground in the cap, choose Sanger Campground with electrical hookups, or camp in the backcountry where you can make a camp spot.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places as an archeological district, Cross Ranch State Park one of five official Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail sites. In October 1804, the Lewis and Clark Expedition camped across the river from the park.
The park has two, year-round log cabins that can be rented, as well as a seasonal cabin available during the fall and winter months.
Cross Ranch State Park is located between Center and Washburn on the western banks of the Missouri. The park is out of the way and not off of any major thoroughfare. Take 1-84 exit 147 to Highway 25N. Travel 18 miles until Hensler Road. Go North on Hensler Road for 5 miles until you reach Sanger Road. Go East 5 miles on Sanger Road until you reach River Road. Travel North 2 miles.
Cross Ranch State Park
- Cross Ranch Nature Preserve
- Fort Mandan
- Lewis and Clark Visitor Center
- Knife Rver Indian Villages National Historic Site
- Smith Grove
- Power Plant Tours
1403 River Road
Center, ND 58530
(800) 807-4723 or (701) 794-3731