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.  Other spots are excellent for birdwatching, bicycling and hiking.  And there are plenty of visitor centers that highlight the history and science of the Mississippi River.  If you are interested in the Mississippi River, this is a great place to start your exploration.


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Explore Winter

Winter is long in Minnesota so let's embrace the cold. Explore winter on your own or at a Ranger-led program. See our winter video trailer.

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Ranger on Call

Ranger on Call is your guide to some of our most special places. Listen to stories online or by visiting sites in person and dialing 1-877-727-1172.

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Mississippi River Forum

The Mississippi River Forum is an opportunity for water quality professionals to share their work with other agencies and specialties. 

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State of the River Report

State of the River

National Park Service staff have helped develop the State of the River Report, which assembles and analyzes a wealth of data on the state of river.

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Asian Carp in the Mississippi

Asian carp are moving up the Mississippi River. This park is working on a plan to delay or stop them before infesting upstream watersheds.

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