• Mississippi National River and Recreation Area


    National River & Recreation Area Minnesota

Mississippi Discovery Pack

Check out a FREE, fun Mighty Mississippi Discovery Backpack at Fort Snelling State Park. The Discovery Backpacks include everything needed to explore the park and the Mississippi River including activity cards, binoculars, magnifying lenses, bird calls, easy-to-use nature guides, and more!

The "Group Pack" includes activities and supplies specially designed to help groups of 10-20 people have fun and learn while exploring along the Mississippi River while the small group Discovery Backpacks are great for families, friends and individuals.

Mighty Mississippi Discovery Backpacks are part of the Mighty Mississippi Passport program. Use the backpack and earn your Junior Ranger badge!

Call Fort Snelling State Park at 612-725-2724 for more information. The Discovery Backpacks may be picked up at the Fort Snelling visitor center at 1 Post Road, St. Paul, MN.

(Please note that the Discovery Backpacks are no longer available at the Mississippi River Visitor Center or North Mississippi Regional Park.)

Did You Know?

Coon Rapids Dam

Over 600 men worked around the clock using hand tools, horses and coal powered shovels to build the original Coon Rapids Dam in 1913. The dam was rebuilt between 1995 and 1997.