Local Playground, Continental River

In the middle of a bustling urban setting, this 72 mile river park offers quiet stretches for fishing, boating and canoeing, birdwatching, bicycling, and hiking. And there are plenty of visitor centers and trails that highlight the fascinating human history of the Mississippi River. This a great place to start your exploration of this important river.

A hiker in a red coat and hat hikes through a snow-covered forest with a river in the background.

Explore Winter

Winter is a great time to go hiking, ice fishing, snowshoeing, x-country skiing, and other fun activities.

People working with indoor exhibits.

Visitor Centers, Hours, and Tours

Visit one of our visitor centers to find things to do and fascinating places to visit. Visitor centers are now on summer hours.

A river runs through forested banks.

Places to Go

Find places to go and interesting things to do along the Mississippi River.

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Ranger on Call

Ranger on Call is your guide to special places. Listen to stories online or at places in the park using your phone.

Two paddlers float down the river in their canoe.

Things to Do

Find your favorite things to do.

A large brown bird with white head and tail flies past trees.

Citizen Science Projects

Get Involved in citizen science projects at the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area and help make a difference.

A long-legged bird stands at the edge of the water.

State of the River

The State of the River report chronicles water quality within the park and how it affects wildlife, recreation, and people.

A brown otter sits in shallow water among green vegetation.


Nature abounds in this urban park. Learn about the park's wildlife.

Last updated: November 12, 2019

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

111 E. Kellogg Blvd., Suite 105
Saint Paul, MN 55101


(651) 293-0200
This is the general phone line at the Mississippi River Visitor Center. Please leave a voicemail if we miss your call and expect a return call within 1 day, often sooner.

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