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.

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Explore Winter

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

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Basic Information

Information about operating hours, weather, fees and pass, and visitor centers can be found here.

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Things to Do

Learn about all the exciting activities at the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area.

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Women of the Mississippi River

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

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Big River Art

Big River Art: The Mississippi Serves as Habitat and Inspiration exhibit located in the South Mall of MSP International Airport

Last updated: December 21, 2022

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

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

Phone:

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

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