Red River Valley - North Dakota

Discover Historic Beauty in Red River Valley

The Red River Valley runs along the eastern border of North Dakota, separating it from Minnesota and stretching to South Dakota to the south and Canada to the north. Ranging from about 10 miles wide to 40 miles wide and centered around the Red River, the Red River Valley is a flat and fertile area of lowlands, home to some of the richest soil and best farmland in the US. Its terrain varies from agricultural plains to lush woodlands to rocky river shorelines, making it a popular place for farmers, explorers, and those seeking a bit of peace and privacy.

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Live, Work & Play in Red River Valley


The Red River Valley offers a truly unique landscape of living options. Seeking a farm or equestrian lifestyle? A private wooded home surrounded by trees? A custom estate home built from the ground up? Even a city home right in the heart of Grand Forks? This area has them all.


Recognized for its incredibly fertile soil, the Red River Valley area has a strong reputation for productive agricultural land. But the Valley also passes through several major towns and cities along its route, including both Grand Forks and Fargo, offering tons of other employment opportunities, too.


The river itself offers hundreds of miles of stunningly beautiful and surprisingly gentile canoeing, as well as a plethora of fishing and boating opportunities. Around the river, the lush woods and parks are ideal for a variety of outdoor adventures, like hiking, camping, biking, and horseback riding.

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What You'll Really Love in Red River Valley

Rich History

River valleys are typically formed by the rivers that run through them, but this wasn’t the case with the Red River Valley. In fact, it was formed by the drainage of a glacial lake, which flattened the once-hilly land beneath it, leaving behind some of the richest and most fertile soil in North America. The Red River Valley once played a key role in the historic Canadian fur trade, and was one of the first areas settled in North Dakota. Today, the area is a key producer of sugar beets, potatoes, corn, and wheat.

Stunning Landscape

Along with rich agriculture, the Valley features a unique and fascinating landscape of verdant plains and woodlands, where wildlife roams free and open blue skies stretch endlessly overhead. Its varied terrain and many lakes, parks, and recreation areas make it a playground for outdoor adventurers of all kinds—boaters, paddlers, anglers, hikers, bikers, swimmers, campers, backpackers, hunters, horseback riders, and many more.

Plenty of Places to Play

In addition to its verdant outdoor spaces, the Red River Valley offers plenty of modern and more urban-feeling areas, too. The Valley passes through major North Dakota cities like Grand Forks and Fargo, so you can find shopping, dining, entertainment, and even community events within a few miles of the river’s shoreline in some places. Some of the area's top attracitons include the Red River Zoo, Bonanzaville Historic Village, and the annual Red River Valley Fair.

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If you are ready to find your dream home in Red River Valley, contact expert Grand Forks area real estate agents at RE/MAX Grand today for more information on real estate and homes for sale in this area.

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