• Mississippi National River and Recreation Area


    National River & Recreation Area Minnesota


Interactive Park Map

This interactive park map permits users to find out more about specific locations, such as city parks, along the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area.


Getting Here

The Mississippi National River and Recreation Area visitor center is located in the lobby of the Science Museum of Minnesota. (There is no admission fee to the visitor center.) The map above shows the visitor center's location. This is a good place to get started with your visit to the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area.

There are, however, many visitor centers, parks, and other places of interest that line the entire 72 miles of river that comprise the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area. Check out Places to Go for directions to specific attractions within the park.

Biking & Walking

There are numerous trails and walkways along the Mississippi River that provide connections to places of interest. The park is easily accessed and explored on bike. If you don't own a bicycle, you can rent a Nice Ride cycle from a station near you.

To learn about bike routes in the area, click here. To find out more about the trails within the park, use the Mississippi River Trail Guide.

Public Transportation

MetroTransit provides mass transit services throughout the metropolitan area. Bus service is especially convenient to locations and activities near the downtown areas of Minneapolis and St. Paul. MetroTransit also operates light rail service near the Mississippi River between the airport and downtown Minneapolis. Call 612-373-3333 to plan your trip to a particular destination within the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area.


Interstates 35 and 94 meet in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Locally, county and state highways as well as city streets all offer access to the river, visitor centers, and parks.

Alternative Fuel Vehicles - Do you plan to travel to the park in an alternative fuel vehicle? If so, good for you! Your actions help us reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reduce petroleum use. Plan your trip with the Alternative Fueling Station Locator from the Department of Energy (search on zip code 55101).

Air Transportation

The Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport is the hub airport for Northwest Airlines, but is also served by other airlines including Sun Country, Delta, Frontier and others.

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.