Flooding closes public access to Red River in Grand Forks and East Grand Forks

Most lower trails within the Greenway also are closed at this time

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Red River levels in Grand Forks as of 12:45 p.m. Thursday, March 24, 2022.
Contributed / National Weather Service
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GRAND FORKS — Public access to the Red River in Grand Forks and East Grand Forks is closed until further notice because of spring flooding, according to the sheriff’s offices in Grand Forks and Polk counties.

Staff from the Grand Forks Greenway issued a reminder about the closure Thursday afternoon.

The North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality will launch a pilot project to test paying landowners for results, as opposed to simply paying for conservation projects with the assumption they benefit water quality.

“For your safety and the emergency rescue crews, please stay out and off the river,” Greenway staff said in an email.

Most lower trails within the Greenway also are closed at this time, the email indicated.

The Red River in Grand Forks was at 28.67 feet as of 12:45 p.m. Thursday, slightly above flood stage of 28 feet. According to National Weather Service projections, the Red is expected to be on a slow and steady rise over the next few days and crest at 37 feet Monday evening, March 28. River levels are expected to hold near 36 feet through Thursday, March 31, the last day for which projections are available.


The highest crest recorded on the Red River is 54.35 feet on April 22, 1997. In recent years, the Red in Grand Forks crested at 47.70 feet on April 10, 2020, and 46.94 feet on April 11, 2019. Widespread heavy rains in the fall of 2019 pushed the river up to 40.93 feet in Grand Forks on Oct. 16, 2019, NWS data show.

Brad Dokken joined the Herald company in November 1985 as a copy editor for Agweek magazine and has been the Grand Forks Herald's outdoors editor since 1998.

Besides his role as an outdoors writer, Dokken has an extensive background in northwest Minnesota and Canadian border issues and provides occasional coverage on those topics.

Reach him at, by phone at (701) 780-1148 or on Twitter at @gfhoutdoor.
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