Confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers
Ford Bridge (river mile 848) downstream to Fort Snelling and the 35E bridge (river mile 843.3).
These five miles of river are home to some of the most historically important sites in the state.
Trails in this segment of the river are extensive and offer connections to over 20 miles of interconnected trails that take you to the sandy edge of the river or look down from the bluffs above. Bridges are at Ford Parkway (river mile 848), Highway 5 (river mile 845.6), and Sibley Memorial Highway (Minnesota River mile 1.5). Continuing downstream, gaps on the west bank start just past 35E and on the east bank of the river snarl on Shepard Road. There are no riverside bridges between Pike Island and the Wabasha St. Bridge at river mile 839.5 in downtown St. Paul.For more information call:St. Paul Parks and Recreation at (651) 266-6400, Dakota County Parks (651) 438-4671.
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Did You Know?
Over 600 men worked around the clock using hand tools, horses and coal powered shovels to build the original Coon Rapids Dam in 1913. The dam was rebuilt between 1995 and 1997.