• Mississippi National River and Recreation Area

    Mississippi

    National River & Recreation Area Minnesota

Explore Summer

Introduction

The Mississippi National River and Recreation Area offers a multitude of activities to keep you busy during the summer season. Listed below are a few of our featured summer activities. Make sure to check our schedule of events for upcoming park and partner programs.

If you have specific activity questions, contact the Mississippi River Visitor Center at (651) 293-0200. We also offer programs to organized groups such as community centers and summer school groups.

Featured Programs and Activities
Coldwater 2nd Saturdays
From June through October, come explore Coldwater Spring with park rangers and volunteers. Free. Drop-in activities. Click here for more information.

Fish with a Ranger
Visitors may check out free fishing rental equipment from the Mississippi River Visitor Center. Ask a ranger about the good fishing spots on or along the Mississippi River, tips on fishing, and what fish you might expect to catch. Also watch our schedule for public fishing events.


Bike with a Ranger
Join ranger-led bike rides along the Mississippi River this summer. Rides include stops along the way to learn about the history, culture and natural features of the river.
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Did You Know?

Coon Rapids Dam

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.