West Coon Rapids Dam

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Three Rivers Park District
10360 West River Road, Brooklyn Park, MN 55444

Water spills over the gates at the Coon Rapids Dam under blue skies. A visitor watches from the high deck.

The Coon Rapids dam was built in 1913 by the Northern Mississippi Power Company. It took 1,000 men just a little over 1 year to complete the entire dam system. During construction, a small town grew up on the Anoka County side of the river, complete with barracks, hospitals, fire stations and even dance halls.

Nestled in the woods above the river floodplain, the West Coon Rapids Dam Visitor Center in Brooklyn Park focuses on the Natural History of the Mississippi River. The park provides safe and easy access to the river for investigating water quality. Hands-on programs cover the physical, chemical, and biological health of the Mississippi River.

Activities: There are extensive trails for hiking, bicycling, skiing and snowshoeing. Some of the best bird watching in the metro area can be found in this park.

Hours: Please call for more information.

Contact Information: Call the West Coon Rapids Dam Visitor Center at (763) 694-7790.


Sites Nearby: East Coon Rapids Dam

Last updated: August 9, 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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