Local Playground, Continental River

In the middle of a bustling urban setting, this 72 mile river park offers quiet stretches for fishing, boating and canoeing, birdwatching, bicycling, and hiking. And there are plenty of visitor centers and trails that highlight the fascinating human history of the Mississippi River. This a great place to start your exploration of this important river.

A hiker in a red coat and hat hikes through a snow-covered forest with a river in the background.

Explore Winter

Winter is a great time to go hiking, ice fishing, snowshoeing, x-country skiing, and other fun activities.

People working with indoor exhibits.

Visitor Centers, Hours, and Tours

Visit one of our visitor centers to find things to do and fascinating places to visit. Visitor centers are now on summer hours.

A river runs through forested banks.

Places to Go

Find places to go and interesting things to do along the Mississippi River.

Paved hiking trail near Mississippi River with views of Saint Paul in the background.

Hiking and Walking

Hiking and walking trails abound in the park. One just has to choose the emphasis of the walk from wildlife to history.

Two paddlers float down the river in their canoe.

Things to Do

Find your favorite things to do.

A large brown bird with white head and tail flies past trees.

Citizen Science Projects

Get Involved in citizen science projects at the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area and help make a difference.

Kayakers boating in the Mississippi River.

Women of the Mississippi River

Celebrate the voices of women and recognize their struggles and successes in protecting the Mississippi River.

A young bald eagle looks out over the water.


Nature abounds in this urban park. Learn about the park's wildlife.

Last updated: December 10, 2021

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

111 E. Kellogg Blvd., Suite 105
Saint Paul , MN 55101


651 293-0200
This is the general phone line at the Mississippi River Visitor Center.

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