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

Bingo @ Sugar Bowl Senior Center
Jul 15 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Bone Builders exercise @ Sugar Bowl Senior Center
Jul 17 @ 10:30 am – 11:00 am
Spite & Malice card games @ Sugar Bowl Senior Center
Jul 17 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Drayton Riverfest
Jul 18 – Jul 21 all-day

Potential vendors, parade entrants, please call the Chamber line at 701-454-FISH


Grafton City-Wide Rummage Sales
Jul 18 all-day
Bone Builders exercise @ Sugar Bowl Senior Center
Jul 19 @ 10:30 am – 11:00 am
Alumni Banquet @ St. Edward's Parish Center
Jul 19 @ 6:30 pm
Alumni Banquet @ St. Edward's Parish Center

All alumni and guests are invited.  Can’t find a sitter?  Bring the kids!

RSVP so we can plan food — call Bryanna Funaiole Halvorson, ’10 at 7Ol-335-978O or email alumni@DraytonND.com

$15.00 plus $10.00 dues for alumni.

See you there!


Pembina Fishing Tournament @ Pembina, ND boat ramp
Jul 20 @ 9:00 am – 5:30 pm

Pre-entries by June 20 — $20.00

Regular entries — $30.00

Shore fishing allowed

Annual Bowesmont Church Service & Picnic @ Bowesmont Methodist Church
Jul 21 @ 11:30 am

All are Welcome!

Church service is immediately followed by the catered picnic at the Mike & Judy Stellon Farm on County Rd 3 at I29 (east side of interstate)

Foot Care @ Sugar Bowl Senior Citizens
Jul 22 @ 8:45 am – 12:00 pm