• Mississippi National River and Recreation Area

    Mississippi

    National River & Recreation Area Minnesota

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, this is a great place to start.

Did You Know?

Lock and Dam Number 1 from a long distance.

At Lake Itasca, the elevation of the Mississippi River is 1,475 feet above sea level. It drops to sea level at the Gulf of Mexico. More than half of that drop occurs within the state of Minnesota.