Want to become an official river rat? Or, see what it's like to be a lockmaster on the Mississippi River? Try our Mississippi River Interactives.

Fort Snelling Upper Post Timeline

Learn about the history of Fort Snelling Upper Post with a timeline. From the creation of the Department of the Dakotas in the mid-1800s to the development of the Military Intelligence Service Language School during World War II. (Adobe Flash required).

River Rat Quiz

Do you know how long it takes a raindrop to travel from Lake Itasca to the Gulf of Mexico or the depth of the Mississippi River at its deepest point? Learn about the Mississippi River by visiting our river facts page and then test your river knowledge by taking the River Rat Quiz.

You Are the Lockmaster!

A kayak is approaching the lock and you must direct the vessel through the lock and dam because you are the lockmaster. Can you open and close the entry gate, activate the filling valve and help the kayaker safely pass through?



From Mississippi River music to podcast tours, the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area offers a variety of audio presentations available for download.

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.

Songs of the Mississippi River

Written and performed by Charlie Maguire, Songs of the Mississippi River offers true river music that speaks to the importance of the Mississippi River in the culture and geography of America.

Last updated: November 15, 2017

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


(651) 293-0200
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