Basic Information

Minnesota has a continental climate characterized by cold winters and warm summers. Spring brings moderate temperatures and low humidity. Summer days may reach temperatures of more than 100°F (38°C), but are usually pleasant with temperatures in the low to mid-80°F (25-30°C). Autumn brings dry, warm days, cool nights and gorgeous fall colors. Winter daytime highs are around 25°F (-3°C). Rarely, winter daytime high temperatures may not get above -10°F (-23°C), sometimes with strong winds.

Entrance Fees:

Fees - $0.00

We do not charge any fees for entrance, parking, or Ranger programs. However, some of our partner sites do and those specific sites should be contacted for more information about their fees. See for contact information.

Mississippi River Visitor Center

Located in downtown St. Paul, in the lobby of the Science Museum of Minnesota, the Mississippi River Visitor Center serves as a gateway to adventure along the mighty Mississippi. Find interactive exhibits and get advice from park rangers as to things to do and places to go. Admission is free.

St. Anthony Falls Visitor Center

The visitor center is located at the Upper St. Anthony Lock and Dam in Minneapolis. This seasonal visitor center is open daily from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Admission is free. Free tours are available on days the visitor center is open at 11:00 am, 1:00 and 3:00 pm.

In the middle of a bustling urban setting, this 72 mile long river park offers quiet stretches for fishing, boating and canoeing. Other spots are excellent for birdwatching, bicycling and hiking. And there are numerous visitor centers and museums that highlight the history and science of the Mississippi River. If you are interested in the Mississippi, this park is a great place to start.

Unlike most other national parks, the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area is a "partnership" park. We own only 67 acres of the 54,000 acres within our borders. The rest is composed of city parks, regional parks, a state park, a national wildlife refuge, state scientific and natural areas, along with private businesses and homes. We work in partnership with those other units of government to bring additional services to both them and visitors and to preserve and protect the natural and cultural history of this great river.

Use the menu to explore this park and to plan your visit.

Use the "View Park Map" in the menu to get greater detail in the map below.
A map showing the area of the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area.

Last updated: March 3, 2016

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

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