Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of park is this?
The Mississippi National River and Recreation Area (MNRRA) is a partner park that offers traditional outdoor activities alongside a wide variety of high quality city-based visitor centers, programs and activities.

What is a partner park?
It is a place where the National Park Service works with other agencies to preserve, enhance and make special places available to visitors by working with other agencies. The Park Service owns only 35 of the approximately 54,000 acres within the MNRRA boundary. All the rest is owned and managed by partner agencies.

What can I do there?
There are walking trails year round. Biking trails in spring, summer and fall. And skiing and snowshoe trails in the winter. There are many historical sites to visit as well as sites of natural splendor including Minnehaha Falls, Spring Lake Park Reserve, and Grey Cloud Dunes native prairie site. Visit our Plan Your Visit pages to get a better feel for the variety this park has to offer. What we don't have is camping; but read on and you will find alternative locations for camping.

Can my passport be stamped there?
Yes! Go to our National Passport Stamping Stations webpage for more information.

What National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass is right for me?
Visit the America the Beautiful web page to get more information on the various entrance passes that are available to you. Keep in mind that these passes will get you into most Federal recreational lands, not just national parks.

Are there places within the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area appropriate for weddings?
Yes. Some good locations are: Wigington Pavilion at Harriet Island Regional Park, Fort Snelling Chapel, Riedel Farm Estate, and the Spring Lake Park Reserve. Privately chartered boats are available through Padelford Packet Boat Company or Minneapolis Queen.

Are campsites available in the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area?

There are no official campsites within the boundary of the park, but there are local and state campgrounds nearby. See our Camping webpage for more information.

Where can I get more information on the Mississippi River?
Our visitor center is a great place to talk to rangers and ask questions. We also have many online resources, such as Places to Go and Things to Do. One of our most popular webpages is our Mississippi River Facts page, but be sure to check out our website. We have lots of information on it just to answer your questions.

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