Map 1: Northern Suburbs
North of the Twin Cities the Mississippi River is designated as a state wild and scenic river, as is the Rum River. You can see untouched islands and a river that begins to slow as it approaches the pool above the Coon Rapids Dam in the Coon Rapids Regional Park (East and West).
The Mississippiand Rum Rivers converge in this area where trails connect a number of parks and historic sites. The trails go through mostly residential areas in order to make those connections, but ultimately you can experience remote areas of the river in its riverfront parks.
View and print the Northern Suburbs map (PDF) and trail notes.
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.