Welcome to Drayton, ND

Nestled along the Red River of the North, Drayton, North Dakota is one of North Dakota’s most picturesque little cities.  From its early days as a landing along the Red River to being home to one of the American Crystal Sugar plants, the industrious people of Drayton have always looked to the future.

Located just north of Grand Forks, one of North Dakota’s largest cities, Drayton is an excellent location to live and work or to start and grow your business.  We have an active chamber of commerce and economic development group supporting our business community, a growing school system with top-notch staff, programs, and facilities, plentiful and affordable housing, and easy access to Interstate 29, ND Hwy 66 and MN Hwy 11.

As the Catfish Capital of the North we host hundreds of anglers every fishing season and have ample paved river access with ramps below and above Drayton Dam, a modern fish cleaning facility, and plenty of motel rooms and camping spaces available.   Each summer, we host Rod and Reel Rally Catfishing Tournament and Drayton Riverfest, our annual community festival.

To get to know this little gem of the North, stop by and visit Drayton, ND, Catfish Capital of the North!

Baseball Capital of North Dakota

The Drayton High School Baseball team won all six North Dakota State Championships between 1958 and 1963, the only team ever to accomplish that feat. During this run, the American Legion Baseball Team won two Class A State Championships in North Dakota as well as an interstate regional title in 1958, making Drayton the smallest town ever to win both state titles as well as the regional title in the same year.  Due to this accomplishment, North Dakota Governor John Davis named Drayton the Baseball Capital of North Dakota.

Catfish Capital of the North

Located on the Red River, Drayton, ND dubs itself the Catfish Capital of the North and reels in fishermen from around the country who regularly catch 10 – 20 pound channel catfish.

Drayton Riverfest  July 18-21, 2019

Rod & Reel Rally August 10, 2019

Old Fashioned Christmas
Dec 8 – Dec 15 all-day

Annual Christmas event with food, open houses, Tree of Lights program, music, sleigh rides, crafters market, Santa, bonspiel, and more!

SANTA will be at the Craft show from noon until 2:00 with treat bags for the kids — Bring your Camera!




Calling Crafters and Vendors

Tree of Lights Program and Memorials 2019

Catfish Capital Open Bonspiel @ Drayton Curling Club
Dec 13 @ 6:30 am – Dec 15 @ 5:00 pm
Shad Olson Benefit @ H.G. Johnson Memorial Hall
Dec 15 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Shad recently underwent open heart surgery


Silent Auction — if you have an item you could donate, please contact Jamie Twamley, or drop at Northern Nature Seed.  If needed, someone can come pick up your item

Family Bingo @ HG Johnson Memorial Hall
Dec 15 @ 6:30 pm
Bone Builders exercise @ Sugar Bowl Senior Center
Dec 16 @ 10:30 am – 11:00 am
Bingo @ Sugar Bowl Senior Center
Dec 16 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Bone Builders exercise @ Sugar Bowl Senior Center
Dec 18 @ 10:30 am – 11:00 am
Spite & Malice card games @ Sugar Bowl Senior Center
Dec 18 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Curling League @ Drayton Curling Club
Dec 18 @ 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Curling League @ Drayton Curling Club

Draws at 6:30 and 8:30 pm

Open League — teams of Men, Women, Youth

St. Edward’s CCD @ St. Edward's Parish Center
Dec 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm