MRC Map 12: Hidden Falls Regional Park
River mile: 848 - 846
The deep river gorge disappears as the Mississippi approaches its confluence with the Minnesota River.
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.
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.
Did You Know?
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.