• Mississippi National River and Recreation Area


    National River & Recreation Area Minnesota

Plan Your Visit

Visitors can use the information on this page to plan their visit to the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area.

Mississippi River Trip Planner: This interactive guide will help you plan a route to locations in the park using bus, rail lines, boating, bike and walking trails, and the best points of access for popular river destinations.
Mississippi River Visitor Center: The standard National Park Service map is available at our visitor center in the lobby of the Science Museum of Minnesota and in the left-side menu on this page. Park Rangers are also available to help plan your visit.
Schedule of Events: Use the Schedule of Events to help you plan your visit around a program led by National Park Service rangers or one of our partners.
Mississippi River Companion: The Mississippi River Companion has detailed maps, notes, and interpretive materials which will help you find boat launches, hiking and biking trails and other recreational opportunities along the Mississippi River.



Quick Info
Minnesota is known for its temperature extremes. Winter days can sometimes get no warmer than -10°F (-23°C), and summer days occasionally reach more than 100°F (38°C). If you plan on doing an outdoor activity, make sure you bring suitable clothing and gear for the temperature.

Contact Us
Visitor Center
(651) 293-0200

(651) 290-4160

Did You Know?

A barge going underneath a bridge.

Sixty percent of all grain exported from the United States is transported and shipped on the Mississippi River.