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Ranger and students on riverboat with Arch in background

River Reflections

What do you see when you look at the river? Do you see explorers and fur trappers aboard pirogues, flatboats, and keelboats? Do you see the banks of the rivers crowded with people and cargo anticipating the arrival of the next steamboat? Or, do you see a barge transporting vital supplies to millions who live along its corridor?

This is the Mississippi River, past and present. Join a National Park Service ranger for a 60-minute cruise aboard the Gateway Arch Riverboats, and actively explore the history, culture, and future of this great American river. There is a fee charged fo rriverboat programs.

River Reflections is offered Tuesdays through Thursdays during the months of March, April, May, September and October. Thirty-day advance reservations are required. Please call 314.655.1700, extenstion 5. There is a boarding fee for Gateway Arch Riverboat.

For Gateway Arch Riverboat cruises without the educational component, visit gatewayarch.com. The River Ramble program is made possible by a partnership with Metro and Jefferson National Parks Association.

Did You Know?

Drawing of Dred Scott from Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, 1857

In 1846, a slave named Dred Scott sued for his freedom at the St. Louis Courthouse. His case went all the way to the Supreme Court, where the verdict set the stage for the Civil War. Today, the Old Courthouse is part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. Click to learn more about Dred Scott. More...