Participating Visitor Centers

There are four different Visitor Centers with booklets or worksheets to help you explore the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area. Each one focuses on a different aspect of life on the Mississippi River, but earns the same Junior Ranger badge.

Locations include:


Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park (East)

Walk across the historic Coon Rapids Dam while discovering how dams work and how they change the flow of water in the river. Visit different habitats along the river to find signs of animals, or maybe the animals themselves!

Minneapolis Riverfront (Mill City Museum and Mill Ruins Park)
Become a river detective and discover the history of the mills that stood along this stretch of the Mississippi River. Tour the old Washburn A Mill and go on a scavenger hunt. Visit Mill Ruins Park and see how people harnessed the immense power of St. Anthony Falls to grind wheat into flour and to mill logs into lumber. Best of all learn about the fascinating lives of the people who lived and worked here. Worksheet is available at the Mill City Museum.

Mississippi River Visitor Center
Visit with National Park Rangers at the visitor center and learn how you can explore, learn about, and protect our wonderful Mississippi River.


Great River Road Visitor & Learning Center (Prescott, Wis.)
Explore where two great rivers and National Parks meet! The confluence of the St. Croix and Mississippi Rivers is a great place to watch waterfowl during the winter, spot bald eagles all year long, and discover the value of freshwater mussels living in the river to people past and present.

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