• Mississippi National River and Recreation Area

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    National River & Recreation Area Minnesota

Minnesota's National Park Legacy

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The National Park system protects those places of significant cultural and natural history which tell a compelling story of who we are and from where we’ve come.

The Minnesota national parks protect the scenic and historic waterways of the Mississippi and St. Croix Rivers and preserves Native American and the fur trade history at the Pipestone and Grand Portage National Monuments and Voyageurs National Park. The North Country National Scenic Trail, when completed, will traverse the broad sweep of northern forests from North Dakota to eastern Pennsylvania, including Minnesota, and will link areas of significant natural and cultural history and areas of great scenic value.

Learn more about your local national parks by watching “Minnesota’s National Park Legacy."

Minneapolis/St. Paul TPT schedule:

Sunday, October 4, 6:30 PM on TPT2.1
Sunday, October 4, 8:00 PM on TPTMN
Sunday, October 11, 12:00 PM on TPTLIFE

Check your local public television station listings for other dates and times.

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.