Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, Saint Paul

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The Mississippi National River and Recreation Area is a 72-mile (116 km) and 54,000-acre (22,000 ha) protected corridor along the Mississippi River through the Minneapolis–Saint Paul metro in the U.S. state of Minnesota, from the cities of Dayton and Ramsey, to just downstream of Hastings. This stretch of the upper Mississippi River includes natural, historical, recreational, cultural, scenic, scientific, and economic resources of national significance. This area is the only national park site dedicated exclusively to the Mississippi River. The Mississippi National River and Recreation Area is sometimes abbreviated as MNRRA (often pronounced like "minn-ruh") or MISS, the four letter code assigned to the area by the National Park Service. The Mississippi National River and Recreation Area is classified as one of four national rivers in the United States, and despite its name it is technically not one of the 40 national recreation areas.

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  • While in St. Paul we were looking for a walking trail ans discovered the Mississippi River Gorge. Who knew that the famous river extended into Minnesota! There is a wonderful series of paths and...  more »
  • This is a cool national park describing the history of the Mississippi River and its relationship to the growth of these cities. We went to St. Anthony Falls Visitor Center and took a fascinating...  more »
  • Currently the Science Center is undergoing renovations, which is where the visitor center was located. They have a temporary visitor center set up by Saint Anthony Lock and Dam. If you park near Mill Park or Mill City Museum and walk towards the Lock and Dam site they have signs pointing you in the right direction. We loved seeing St. Anthony Falls and got a lot of useful information from the ranger up on the observation deck. Lots of great pictures and I got my National Park Passport book stamped!
  • A wonderful park to visit and explore. Multiple play areas and pavilions with walking paths. When you visit the first time stop in at the visitor center, and cross the dam to the other side before leaving. If you think that you will be back again stop at the gate before leaving to purchase a yearly pass. The yearly pass is actually good in multiple other countries making it an even better value.

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