Explore Spring

Introduction
Below are a few suggested springtime activities. Also check our Calendar for upcoming park and partner programs. Contact the Mississippi River Visitor Center at (651) 293-0200 for more ideas. Remember that we also can help you plan your summer vacation to locations throughout the National Park System.

A bright blue bird sits on a red sumac seed head.

Take a Hike or Go for a Ride
The Mississippi National River and Recreation Area contains many miles of foot and bike paths along its 72-mile length. Browse our biking and walks and hiking webpages to find some of our favorite places for these activities in the park.

Discover the Junior Ranger Program
The Mississippi National River and Recreation Area has a thriving Junior Ranger program with many activities throughout the year for our younger visitors.

Go Birding
Birding is a popular activity along the river, one of the great migratory flyways in North America. Some of our favorite birding spots include Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park (east and west), Fort Snelling State Park, Grey Cloud Dunes Scientific and Natural Area, and Coldwater Spring.

Find Wildflowers
Woodland flowers bloom from very early spring until just after the trees leaf out. By later spring, the prairies are beginning to flourish as spring transitions into summer. Our favorite wildflower hikes are in Crosby Farm Regional Park (woodland), Grey Cloud Dunes Scientific and Natural Area (prairie), Coon Rapids Regional Park (woodland and prairie), and Hastings River Flats Park (prairie).

Find a Geocache
Geocaching is an outdoor game where participants use GPS receivers to find hidden caches. A typical cache is a small container with a logbook and possible trinket. Within the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area there are many geocaches to be found and many interesting places to explore. Find out more on our geocaching webpage.

Catch a Fish
This is a great time to break out the fishing tackle, clean equipment, organize the tackle box and head to the water. Need advice? Talk to one of our rangers or search our website. Find fishing regulations on the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources website.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

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

Phone:

(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 1-2 days.

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