The 54,000-acre Mississippi National River and Recreation Area was established by Congress in 1988. A true partnership park, the National Park Service owns very little land and works with 25 local governments, several state agencies and numerous organizations to protect the globally significant resources along the 72-mile stretch of river running through the Minneapolis/Saint Paul metro area.
Fort Snelling Upper Post Program Change
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has requested the National Park Service (NPS) transfer a 141-acre parcel of Fort Snelling's Upper Post from the Federal Lands to Parks program to the Historic Surplus Property Program. As part of the program change, the DNR and NPS have prepared a Draft Program of Preservation and Utilization (PPU). The Final PPU will accompany the deed and is a binding element of the deed that the NPS must approve. The NPS recognizes that the program change is an undertaking per Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended, and is seeking public input.
Coldwater Spring Unit (Formerly the Bureau of Mines)
Alternative Transportation Plan
National Park Service Centennial Celebration, 2016
Did You Know?
The river is so shallow at Lake Itasca that children can walk across the Mississippi. Between Governor Nicholls Wharf and Algiers Point in New Orleans, the Mississippi is more than 200 feet deep.