A large wall of video screens welcome visitors to the visitor center.
The Mississippi River Visitor Center at the Science Museum of Minnesota.

NPS/Gordon Dietzman

Accessibility at the Park

Because the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area is made up of many local, regional, state, and national entities, it is difficult to describe the accessibility of all facilities and trails, especially those managed by other units of government and private organizations. Museums, such as the Science Museum of Minnesota and the Mill City Museum, are up to modern accessibility standards. Trails that run through parks are sometimes of mixed surfaces and in various levels of repair. Some may be paved but do not meet grade requirements of modern accessibility standards or may not be in good condition and therefore unsuitable for mobility-impaired individuals.

NPS Facilities

NPS facilities, including rented facilities, within this large park are accessible. This includes a hard-packed trail with gentle grades at Coldwater Spring. Other trails at this location are informal dirt paths, sometimes with steep slopes, which are rough and muddy after rains.

The Mississippi River Visitor Center is accessible from the Science Museuem of Minnesota's parking ramp via elevators and to drop-off visitors at the front curb. The St. Anthony Falls Visitor Center is accessible via an elevator. The lock and dam tour, however, is not as there are flights of stairs that cannot be avoided. We can, however, interpret the area from the visitor center, which has a panoramic view of the area covered by the tour.

Last updated: March 23, 2017

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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, which is staffed every day except Mondays. Please leave a voicemail if we miss your call and expect a return call within 1 day, often sooner.

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