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Mississippi National River and Recreation Area Water Trail

Location The Mississippi National River and Recreation Area offers 76 miles of river trail. 72 miles on Mississippi; 4 miles on Minnesota River. The trail begins above river mile 879 near the confluence of the Crow River extends through Minneapolis and St. Paul t
State(s) Minnesota
Counties Anoka, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Washington
Type Water Trail
National Water Trails System
Length 76.00 Miles / 122.31 Km Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses Boating, Motorized
Boating, non-motorized: Canoeing
Boating, non-motorized: Kayaking
Boating, non-motorized: Rafting
Agency National Park Service
Entry Fee? No Parking Fee? No




This trail is part of the National Water Trails System

From Lake Itasca in Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico, the Mississippi River is the fourth longest river in the world reaching 2,350 miles in length. In Minnesota, the river flows through valleys, bluffs, prairies and woodlands in a variety of flow rates and widths.
The Mississippi National River and Recreation Area Water Trail corridor is rich in cultural values. Archeological sites, historic structures and landscapes, shorelines, wetlands, steep slopes, and other sensitive resources. The corridor passes through the eastern deciduous forest and the tall grass prairie biomes. Historically, land in the corridor was covered mainly by oak, woodlands, and brush. Other vegetation types included floodplain forest, upland prairie, and maple basswood forest.
Whether you are biking or walking along the river's shores, fishing in a floodplain lake, or boating its waters, the Mississippi River Companion is a resource for finding public water accesses , trails, and recreational opportunities along one of the world's great rivers. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has prepared several maps and web resources in response to the demand of the boating public for detailed guides to Minnesota's great rivers. The river guide the most popular portions of the Mississippi, St. Croix and Minnesota rivers. Three printed Mississipp (Continued...)


Visitor Information

Date Opens: 1/1 - Date Closes: 1/1

Time Opens: Not Available - Time Closes: Not Available

Be aware of river ice and flood flows


Many access points from Metro Minneapolis St. Paul. See maps at , , and The river is accessible by boat at Dayton Access/river mile (RM)879 [45.2453deg N; -93.5212deg W], Mississippi Point Park/RM871 [45.1844;-93.3880], portage at East Coon Rapids dam/RM866.3 [45.1470;-93.3107], River Park/RM863 [45.1049;-93.2809], Anoka Riverfront Regional Park/RM860.3 [45.0678;-93.2809], North Mississippi Park/RM857.8 [45.0309;-93.2839], Boom Island/RM854.8 [44.9931;-93.2706], Lock and Dam/RM854.1 [44.9843;-93.2636], Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam RM853.9 [44.9816;-93.2590], Lower St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam RM 853.4 [44.9788;-93.2496], East River Flats Park RM852.4 [44.9708;-93.2353], Lock and Dam RM847.6 [44.9163;-93.2031], Hidden Falls Regional Park/RM 846.5 [44.9042;-93.1905], Lilydale Regional Park/RM842.2 [44.9174;-93.1281], Harriet Island Regional Park/RM 839.7 [44.968;-93.0979], City of South St. Paul/RM832.5 [44.819,-93.0177], Lion's Levee Park/RM829.8 [44.8455;-93.0073], Lock and Dam/RM815.3 [44.7606;-92.8698], Lake Rebecca Park, Hastings/RM 814.1 [44.7490;-92.8593]. On the Minnesota River: Fort Snelling State Park/RM 3.2 [44.8700;-93.1931]and RM1.5 [44.8849;-93.1750].


Additional Information

Width: 0 inches.

Primary Surface: Water, moving

Secondary Surface: None

Average Grade: 0%

Elevation Low Point: Not Available

Elevation High Point: Not Available

Year Designated: 2012

Date Last Updated: 07/12/2017


Contact Information

Public Contact:
Erik Wrede
DNR Water Trails Coordinator
500 Lafayette Road N
St. Paul , MN 55155 -4002
(800) 296-5484

Trail Management:
Paul Labovitz
National Park Service
111 Kellogg Blvd. East
Suite 105
St. Paul , MN 55101
(651) 290-3030


Related Webpages and Documents

Title Type Link
Mississippi River Guide Website View/Download
Water Trail Interactive Map Website View/Download
Mississippi RIver Companion Website View/Download
National Water Trails System Website View/Download



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