Hastings River Flats Park
Hastings Parks and Recreation
The Mississippi River forms the eastern boundary of the park while Lake Rebecca forms the west boundary. Lock and Dam #2 lies on the north edge of the park, making this location a great place to watch river traffic as it locks through the dam. Piers permit access to the river and good views up and down the river.
Prairie restorations blanket much of the park lending the striking color of wildflowers to the landscape.
Activities: Very good views of the Mississippi River await the visitor as well as opportunities for fishing, walking and biking. The trails tie into the larger Hastings area trail system (download a trail map) and offer many miles of biking or walking opportunities. Prairie wildflower viewing in spring, summer, and fall. Watch for bald eagles and waterfowl along the river and downstream from Lock and Dam #2.
Hours: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., unless otherwise posted.
Contact Information: Call the City of Hastings Parks and Recreation at (651) 480-6176.
Sites Nearby: Spring Lake Park Preserve, Rebecca Lake Park, Jaycee Park, Levee Park
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.