• Mississippi National River and Recreation Area

    Mississippi

    National River & Recreation Area Minnesota

Explore Fall

Listed below are a few of our featured fall programs and activities. To find out about additional programs, visit our Schedule of Events or call the Mississippi River Visitor Center at (651) 293-0200 to speak with a ranger.

Featured Programs and Activities


Take a Hike amid Autumn Colors
Walk among maples amidst colorful maples resplendent in scarlet and gold! The 5 mile roundtrip Winchell Trail (Google Map) is a hiking-only trail on the west bank of the Mississippi River between Franklin Avenue and 44th Street. Unpaved trails break away from the main trail along the bluffs and cut into the woods, permitting additional exploration of the Mississippi Gorge. Peak color varies from year to year, but usually occurs around the end of September to the first weekend in October.

Mississippi River Geocaches
Geocaching is an outdoor game in which participants use GPS receivers to find cleverly hidden caches. The Mississippi River Geocache is a series of caches placed in partner parks within the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area.
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Ranger on Call
Fall is a great time to get out and explore the Mississippi River. With the Ranger on Call program you can learn about some of the park's most special places. To get started, visit the website or visit a designated site and dial 1.877.727.1172.
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Healthy River Healthy You

The Healthy River Healthy You podcast helps take steps towards building a healthier lifestyle and river by offering health and environment tips and fun river facts and history while you walk alongside the Mississippi River.
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Go Fishing!
Fishing is great in the fall, but what if you don't have fishing tackle? Come to the Mississippi River Visitor Center and you can rent a fishing pole and other tackle for free! Be sure to ask about good fishing spots and angling tips. Also watch our fishing page for public fishing programs.
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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.