Eagles concentrate below Mississippi locks and dams in winter where open water provides prey for these fish-eating birds. Among our favorite spots for viewing these majestic birds is below Lock and Dam 2 at Hastings, Minnesota. Take the trail in Hasting's River Flats Park to the observation platform, which is a good location from which to watch eagles roosting, fishing, and interacting with each other.
Geocaching is always a fun activity and provides exercise as well. Strap on a pair of cross country skis or snowshoes and go geocaching. Check our geocaching page for places to go.
What sport is more quintessential than ice fishing in Minnesota? Learn how to ice fish, get questions answered, and find some hot spots for cold days on our website.
Museums and Visitor Centers
For those that prefer indoor activities in winter, there are a number of museums, cultural centers, and visitor centers that are scattered throughout the Park's 72-mile long corridor. Use this winter to learn more about our history, the Mississippi River, and the wildlife that surrounds us! Here are some of our favorites:
Mississippi River Visitor Center
Fort Snelling State Park Visitor Center
Mill City Museum
East Coon Rapids Visitor Center
Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts
Be sure to check hours of operation as some organizations may have abbreviated winter hours.