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.  Other spots are excellent for birdwatching, bicycling and hiking.  And there are plenty of visitor centers that highlight the history and science of the Mississippi River.  If you are interested in the Mississippi River, this is a great place to start your exploration.

Two young children, heavily bundled against the cold, try their hand at ice fishing.

Explore Winter

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

People working with indoor exhibits.

Visitor Centers

Visit one of our visitor centers to find things to do and fascinating places to go in our national park.

A river runs through forested banks.

Places to Go

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

The Ranger on Call logo consisting of a park ranger hat and signpost.

Ranger on Call

Ranger on Call is your guide to special places. Listen to stories online or at places in the park using your phone.

Two paddlers float down the river in their canoe.

Things to Do

Find your favorite things to do.

Canoe and paddlers float past the remains of a dam on a large river.

Mississippi River Forum

The Mississippi River Forum is a place for professionals and concerned citizens to learn and share information on the river.

A long-legged bird stands at the edge of the water.

State of the River

The State of the River report chronicles water quality within the park and how it affects wildlife, recreation, and people.

A long brown otter sits in shallow water among green vegetation.


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

Last updated: November 14, 2017

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 Visitor Center. Please leave a voicemail if we miss your call and expect a return call within 1 day, often sooner.

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