Father Hennepin Bluffs Park

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Minneapolis Park and Recreation
420 Main St. SE Minneapolis, MN 55414

Flowers frame a gazebo in the background at Father Hennepin Bluffs Park.

In 1680 Father Louis Hennepin, a Franciscan priest, led a French expedition down the Illinois River to its mouth, where they turned up the Mississippi River. They soon met a Dakota war party. Together they headed upriver to what is now St. Paul and then traveled overland to the Dakota villages on Mille Lacs Lake.

In July of that same year, however, Hennepin traveling south on the Mississippi River came upon the falls known to the Dakota as “Owahmenah” (falling water). He named the falls after his patron Saint Anthony of Padua, or St. Anthony. The park is the traditional location of an ancient portage route around the St. Anthony Falls, so Hennepin may have first observed the waterfall from this park that now bears his name.

The park consists of 5.5 acres and sits on a wooded bluff overlooking the Mississippi River. It is adjacent to Pillsbury Park and connected to the many parks on both sides of the river through an extensive trail system.

Activities: Picnicking, walking and biking paths, scenic views to St. Anthony Falls and the Mississippi River.

Hours: Dawn until dusk, unless otherwise posted.

Contact Information: Call the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation at 612-230-6400.



Related Activities: Biking, Hiking & Walks, Picnicking


Last updated: March 23, 2016

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


(651) 293-0200
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