MRC Map 14: Lilydale Park
River mile: 843 - 841
The river here picks up speed a bit, and you're more likely to encounter barge traffic than you were upriver. You can peek at blufftop neighborhoods, but the river valley is all undeveloped parkland that looks wild and natural from the water.
Walking trails and benches provide great views of downtown St. Paul and the Cathedral of St. Paul from Cherokee Regional Park (840.5 to 841.3 W).
Trails in Crosby Farm Regional Park (842.3 to 845.4 E) follow the river, sandy beaches, floodplain forests, and a wetland. St. Paul's Great River Park aims to connect 17 miles of riverfront via parks, trails, and neighborhoods.
Note that the river flows to the northeast here, so the east side (bank) is on the left side of the map and the west side (bank) is on the right.
Did You Know?
A canoe trip in the Mississippi River Gorge between Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN feels like you are miles away from civilization even though you are in the center of a large metropolitan area.