• Mississippi National River and Recreation Area


    National River & Recreation Area Minnesota

Explore Summer

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.

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.

Did You Know?

Canoeists in the Mississippi River Gorge

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.