• 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
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.

Healthy River Healthy You
The Healthy River Healthy You podcast helps take steps towards building a healthier lifestyle and river by offering health and environment tips and fun river facts and history while you walk alongside the Mississippi River.

Mississippi River Geocaches
Geocaching is an outdoor game where participants use GPS receivers to find cleverly hidden caches. The Mississippi River Geocache is a series of caches placed in partner parks within the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area.

Junior Ranger Programs
Be sure to check out this summer's Junior Ranger programming. Programs include surveying insects and fish, floating the Mississippi River in a flotilla of big Voyageur canoes, riding a barge, or searching for fossils, among others. Self-directed and ranger-led activities are available.

Urban Wilderness Canoe Adventure
Come paddle on the Mississippi River in a voyageur canoe with park rangers and partner organization Wilderness Inquiry! It is a safe and fun way to explore the National Park in your backyard. No experience or equipment necessary.

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.