Fees & Passes

Fees for this Park

The Mississippi National River and Recreation Area is a partnership park and encompasses federal, state, regional, and local public lands. While we do not charge admission fees some partner parks, museums, and historical sites within our park do have admission fees. These include, among others, Historic Fort Snelling, Mill City Museum, and Fort Snelling State Park. Others, such as Minnehaha Regional Park, charge parking fees. Some parks require reservations and fees for reserving picnic shelters and for events. Please contact those parks and facilities for more information.

The Mississippi River Visitor Center (MRVC), located in the lobby of the Science Museum of Minnesota, has free admission. The MRVC address is 120 Kellogg Blvd West, Saint Paul, MN. Paid parking is available in two nearby ramps and on-street metered parking.

The St. Anthony Falls Visitor Center (SAFVC) is open June 11 until Labor Day seven days a week and on Fridays through Sundays in September of 2017 closing at 10:30 p.m. at the conclusion of the Illuminate the Lock program on September 30. Admission is free and there are free tours available at 11:00 am, 1:00 and 3:00 pm on days when the visitor center is open. The address is 1 Portland Avenue, Minneapolis, MN. There is limited parking at the SAFVC for visitors. A Minneapolis paid parking lot is available nearby.


National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass

While the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area does not collect admission fees, we do sell the America the Beautiful-National Parks and Federal Lands Pass cards at our park for use at various U.S. fee areas. These include the Annual Pass ($80), Senior Pass ($80 lifetime; $20 annual), Access Pass (free to those with permanent disabilities), the annual pass for active duty service men and women (free), and the Every Kid in a Park (free) program.

Please note that we only accept payment by credit card.

Passes may not always be available. Please call 651-293-0200 for availability.

The America the Beautiful pass series was created by the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act and authorized by Congress in 2004. Participating agencies include the National Park Service, USDA Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Army Corps of Engineers, and the Bureau of Reclamation. The pass series permits admission to fee areas managed by these agencies and replaces the Golden Eagle, Golden Age, and Golden Access Passport series. They are not valid for admissions to state or locally managed properties, such as state parks, historical sites, etc., including those that have admission fees within the borders of the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area.

Find out more about the America the Beautiful passes by contacting your local agency, such as a national park, or go to the America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass website.

Last updated: September 25, 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. Please leave a voicemail if we miss your call and expect a return call within 1 day, often sooner.

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