• Mississippi National River and Recreation Area

    Mississippi

    National River & Recreation Area Minnesota

MRC Map 12: Hidden Falls Regional Park

MRC: Hidden Falls Regional Park Segment

River mile: 848 - 846

The deep river gorge disappears as the Mississippi approaches its confluence with the Minnesota River.

Hidden Falls Regional Park (845.4 to 847.4 E) includes tall cottonwoods in floodplain forests, which become common below the gorge. Minnehaha Regional Park (847 to 847.6 W) features a dramatic waterfall where Minnehaha Creek spills over a cliff, tumbling 53 feet into a gorge. The walking path along Minnehaha Creek is accessible from the park and the river. There is a pavilion with a seasonal restaurant near the falls.

Lock and Dam 1 (847.6) was built by the Army Corps of Engineers in 1917. In 1923, Ford Motor Company added a hydroelectric station to generate electricity for its assembly plant.

The Army Corps of Engineers operates an observation area on the west side, where you can watch boats lock through. The road to the lock and dam begins where West River Parkway becomes Godfrey Parkway, on the upriver side of the Ford Parkway Bridge.

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River Mile
Latitude Longitude
848 N44.921125 W 93.202517
847 N44.907698
W 93.198435
846 N44.896398 W 93.189096

Did You Know?

The wide Mississippi River

At Lake Onalaska, near LaCrosse WI, the Mississippi River is about 4 miles wide. The combination of water held behind Lock and Dam #7 and water held by damming the Black River form this broad reach of the Mississippi River.