Vento View Overlook

From high on a bluff, one can see views of the Mississippi River and wooded shorelines.


The overlook is located in Cherokee Regional Park on a forested bluff overlooking the Mississippi River. There is a rather informal but relatively flat trail that leads to the overlook. For the more adventurous a hiking trail leads steeply downhill from the overlook into the Lilydale Regional Park. (NOTE: This trail is currently closed due to unstable slopes. Please do not cross barriers or enter closed areas.) This trail skirts along the edges of several mine pits and past the ruins of a brick kiln once used by the Twin City Brick Company (an area known as The Brickyards).


Bruce Vento held Minnesota’s 4th Congressional District seat in the House of Representatives for over 23 years before his death from lung cancer in 2000. The Vento View Overlook and the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary commemorate his dedication to the environment.


Hiking; views of the Mississippi River valley, Pickerel Lake, and surrounding area. Birdwatching is a favorite activity here.

Saint Paul Parks and Recreation
Located at the intersections of Sibley Memorial Highway, Cherokee Heights Boulevard, and Annapolis Street West in St. Paul.

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Nearby Sites

Lillydale/Harriet Island Regional Park, The Brickyards of St. Paul, Fort Snelling State Park, Mississippi River Visitor Center

Last updated: February 28, 2020

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Mailing Address:

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


This is the general phone line at the Mississippi River Visitor Center.

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