• Mississippi National River and Recreation Area


    National River & Recreation Area Minnesota

Event Details

  • Multiple Days: 06/28/2014, 07/19/2014, 08/16/2014, 09/20/2014, 10/18/2014

    Location: varies | Map Time: 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM,9:00 AM to 1:00 PM,9:00 AM to 1:30 PM,10:00 AM to 1:00 PM Fee Information: Free, registration required Contact Name: Mississippi River Fund - Anna Contact Email: awaugh@missriverfund.org Contact Phone Number: 651-291-9119
River Action Volunteer Event (RAVE)
RAVEs are a great way to get out and explore the park and simultaneously help restore the park. These fun recreation and volunteer restoration projects are great for adults and kids over 8 years old. RAVEs are free events for volunteers – your only ticket is your service to the river!

June 28 - Pontoon Boat
Clean up Lion’s Levee Park and head out to the park service’s river island aboard a pontoon! Ride along the river to Island 112, for a trash pickup and invasive species removal project. The island is home to a Bald Eagle’s nest, and a large beach area.

July 19 - Canoeing
The northern stretch of the Mississippi River above Coon Rapids Dam is home to heron rookeries, scenic views, and many river islands. Join us on this canoeing RAVE on the prairie river in the northern end of our park. We will be cleaning up a river park and restoring park service Island 102.

August 16 - Rafting
Bring a lunch for this one – we’ll be spending the day rafting the river! Our partner, Three Rivers Park District runs inflatable rafts down the river, and this year, we’re going to join them! We’ll be doing trash pickup and river restoration just south of Coon Rapids Dam while learning about the river from national park rangers.

September 20 - Canoeing
Explore the southern end of our park! Leave from Hasting’s Jaycee Park aboard our fabulous partner Wilderness Inquiry’s 24 foot Voyageur Canoes and along the way hear river stories from National Park Rangers. We’ll land on Prescott Island and do a service project, and then paddle back to shore.

October 18 - Biking

Take a five mile bike tour around the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers with a national park ranger. See Historic Fort Snelling, Hidden Falls, Minnehaha Falls, and Coldwater Spring. After a leisurely tour, put your hands to work on a volunteer service project to restore wildlife habitat.


Please contact 651-291-9119 or email awaugh@missriverfund.org, if you have questions.