Eating & Sleeping

Visitor Services

There are hundreds of options in restaurants and lodging accommodations in large metropolitan areas such as ours. We would recommend contacting local chambers of commerce and visitor bureaus to find either.


There are no formal campgrounds within the national park. Primitive camping is available on some islands owned by the National Park Service. See the Superintendent's Compendium for primitive camping rules for more information on camping and other restrictions in these areas. Please be familiar with these rules when camping on or visiting these National Park Service properties. Do not camp or pass closed area signs as these areas protect natural resources or may have been recently restored or are under restoration.

State Parks with Camping

Two state parks within 50 miles of the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area have camping facilities. These are Afton State Park and William O'Brien State Park, both east of the metropolitan area near the St. Croix River. Please note there is no camping available at Fort Snelling State Park.

Regional Parks with Camping

Camping is also available in Anoka County Parks (northern suburbs), Carver County Parks (southwest suburbs), Dakota County Parks (south and southeast suburbs), and Three Rivers Park systems (north and northwest suburbs).

Last updated: July 12, 2021

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

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


This is the general phone line at the Mississippi River Visitor Center.

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