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Mississippi

National River & Recreation Area - Minnesota

The Mississippi National River and Recreation Area protects a 72-mile (116 km) and 54,000-acre (22,000 ha) corridor along the Mississippi River from the cities of Dayton and Ramsey, Minnesota to just downstream of Hastings, Minnesota. This includes the stretch of Mississippi River which flows through Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. This stretch of the upper Mississippi River includes natural, historical, recreational, cultural, scenic, scientific, and economic resources of national significance. It is located in parts of Anoka, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, and Washington counties, all within the Minneapolis–Saint Paul metropolitan area.

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Official visitor map of Mississippi National River & Recreation Area (NR & NRA) in Minnesota. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).Mississippi - Visitor Map

Official visitor map of Mississippi National River & Recreation Area (NR & NRA) in Minnesota. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).

Official visitor map of Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway (NSR) in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).Saint Croix - Visitor Map

Official visitor map of Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway (NSR) in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).

Map of the U.S. National Park System. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).National Park System - National Park Units

Map of the U.S. National Park System. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).

Map of the U.S. National Park System with Unified Regions. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).National Park System - National Park Units and Regions

Map of the U.S. National Park System with Unified Regions. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).

Map of the U.S. National Heritage Areas. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).National Park System - National Heritage Areas

Map of the U.S. National Heritage Areas. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).

Map 6 - Henderson to the Mississippi River - of the Minnesota River State Water Trail in Minnesota. Published by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MNDNR).Minnesota River Water Trail - Map 6 - Henderson to Mississippi River

Map 6 - Henderson to the Mississippi River - of the Minnesota River State Water Trail in Minnesota. Published by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MNDNR).

Water Trail Map and Guide to the South Fork Crow River in Minnesota. Published by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MNDNR).South Fork Crow River - Water Trail Map

Water Trail Map and Guide to the South Fork Crow River in Minnesota. Published by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MNDNR).

Map 2 - Howard Lake to the Mississippi River - of the North Fork Crow State Water Trail in Minnesota. Published by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MNDNR).North Fork Crow - Map 2 - Howard Lake to the Mississippi River

Map 2 - Howard Lake to the Mississippi River - of the North Fork Crow State Water Trail in Minnesota. Published by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MNDNR).

Map 8 - St. Cloud to Elk River - of the Mississippi River State Water Trail in Minnesota. Published by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MNDNR).Mississippi River Water Trail - Map 8 - St. Cloud to Elk River

Map 8 - St. Cloud to Elk River - of the Mississippi River State Water Trail in Minnesota. Published by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MNDNR).

Map 9 - Elk River to Minneapolis - of the Mississippi River State Water Trail in Minnesota. Published by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MNDNR).Mississippi River Water Trail - Map 9 - Elk River to Minneapolis

Map 9 - Elk River to Minneapolis - of the Mississippi River State Water Trail in Minnesota. Published by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MNDNR).

Map 10 - Minneapolis to Hastings - of the Mississippi River State Water Trail in Minnesota. Published by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MNDNR).Mississippi River Water Trail - Map 10 - Minneapolis to Hastings

Map 10 - Minneapolis to Hastings - of the Mississippi River State Water Trail in Minnesota. Published by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MNDNR).

South East Quad of the Snowmobile Trails Map of Minnesota. Published by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MNDNR).Minnesota Snowmobile Trails - South East Quad

South East Quad of the Snowmobile Trails Map of Minnesota. Published by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MNDNR).

South West Quad of the Snowmobile Trails Map of Minnesota. Published by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MNDNR).Minnesota Snowmobile Trails - South West Quad

South West Quad of the Snowmobile Trails Map of Minnesota. Published by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MNDNR).

Recreation Basemap of Hastings in Minnesota. Published by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MNDNR).Minnesota Recreation - Hastings

Recreation Basemap of Hastings in Minnesota. Published by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MNDNR).

Recreation Basemap of St. Paul in Minnesota. Published by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MNDNR).Minnesota Recreation - St. Paul

Recreation Basemap of St. Paul in Minnesota. Published by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MNDNR).

Recreation Basemap of Stillwater in Minnesota. Published by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MNDNR).Minnesota Recreation - Stillwater

Recreation Basemap of Stillwater in Minnesota. Published by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MNDNR).

Recreation Basemap of Anoka in Minnesota. Published by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MNDNR).Minnesota Recreation - Anoka

Recreation Basemap of Anoka in Minnesota. Published by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MNDNR).

https://www.nps.gov/miss/index.htm https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mississippi_National_River_and_Recreation_Area The Mississippi National River and Recreation Area protects a 72-mile (116 km) and 54,000-acre (22,000 ha) corridor along the Mississippi River from the cities of Dayton and Ramsey, Minnesota to just downstream of Hastings, Minnesota. This includes the stretch of Mississippi River which flows through Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. This stretch of the upper Mississippi River includes natural, historical, recreational, cultural, scenic, scientific, and economic resources of national significance. It is located in parts of Anoka, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, and Washington counties, all within the Minneapolis–Saint Paul metropolitan area. In the middle of a bustling urban setting, this 72 mile river park offers quiet stretches for fishing, boating and canoeing, birdwatching, bicycling, and hiking. And there are plenty of visitor centers and trails that highlight the fascinating human history of the Mississippi River. This a great place to start your exploration of this important river. Limited metered street parking is available on nearby streets near our headquarters. Several parking ramps are available nearby including the Kellogg Square parking ramp. Visitor Centers are located in the lobby of the Science Museum of Minnesota (120 Kellogg Blvd East, St. Paul, MN) and at the Upper St. Anthony Lock and Dam (1 Portland Ave, Minneapolis, MN). Mississippi River Visitor Center Located in downtown St. Paul, in the lobby of the Science Museum of Minnesota, the Mississippi River Visitor Center serves as a gateway to adventure along the mighty Mississippi. Find interactive exhibits and get advice from park rangers as to things to do and places to go. Admission is free. Walk-up address: 120 Kellogg Blvd West, St. Paul, MN 55102 Parking address: 100-198 N Chestnut St, St Paul, MN 55102 GPS (walk-up to front of museum): 44.942918, -93.098497 GPS (museum parking): 44.942524, -93.100299 The Mississippi River Visitor Center is located in the lobby of the Science Museum of Minnesota near downtown St. Paul, Minnesota. St. Anthony Falls Visitor Center The St. Anthony Falls Visitor Center is located at the Upper St. Anthony Lock and is open seasonally starting on May 29, 2021 through September 26, 2021. The St. Anthony Visitor Center is on the west side of the Mississippi River at the end of Portland Avenue in Minneapolis. Limited free parking is available at the visitor center for those that have difficulty walking at 1 Portland Ave S, Minneapolis, MN: GPS: 44.980874, -93.258325. Please obtain a permit from the ranger or volunteer at the desk upon arrival. There is metered street parking nearby and a Minneapolis pay lot one block northwest of the visitor center. GPS: 44.980839, -93.259195. Voyageur Canoes Large canoes and crews paddle down the river amidst autumnal color. The park often uses big, safe Voyageur canoes in our programs. Storms over Grey Cloud Dunes Gray clouds over flowers growing on sand dunes. Storm clouds begin gathering over Grey Cloud Dunes Scientific and Natural Area Modern day Voyageurs Paddle the Mississippi River A large canoe filled with paddlers on the river surrounded by autumnal color. A Voyageur canoe makes headway up a river while surrounded by autumnal color. Great Egret Fishes the Mississippi River A large, long-necked, long-legged bird wades in the river. Wildlife is a common sight along the river. Savanna at Coldwater Spring Large trees are widely spaced in a grassland. Visitors can glimpse the past in the Coldwater Spring savanna restoration. Canoeing the Vermillion River Backwaters A canoeist paddles through a water channel between islands. The Vermillion River Bottoms are a tangle of waterways where the river meets the Mississippi River. Canoeing through Lotus Blossoms A canoeist reaches out and holds a large, yellow flower. Lotus beds bloom in the backwaters of the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area and provide canoeists an unexpected visual treat. Water Source for a Fort Water tumbles down layers of rock with an old stone spring house in the background. The Spring House at Coldwater Spring provided water to Historic Fort Snelling and the Upper Post. Building a Nest A large, long-necked, long-legged bird flies overhead carrying a branch. Blue herons are a common sight on the Mississippi River and its backwaters. Canoeing Past Gulls Gulls stand on a floating log while a canoe passes in the background. Canoeists find a wide variety of wildlife in the backwaters of the Mississippi River. Fall Colors Trees showing fall colors on their leaves along the river. Vibrant fall colors shown along the river in St. Paul, Minnesota. Clouds Over the Mississippi River White clouds streak the blue sky over a river flanked by sandy shorelines and green trees. The upper stretch of the Mississippi River in the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area is often referred to as the "Prairie River" due to its gentle banks. Further downstream is the Mississippi River gorge and below that is the floodplain river Emerging Concern Among “Every Day Chemicals” You may have heard the saying “all drains lead to the lake,” but it can be hard to remember that includes what is sent down sinks, toilets, and washing machines. Many things we do in the course of a day can contribute to the contamination of surface waters (lake and streams) in ways we cannot see. Some of these “every day chemicals” are known as contaminants of emerging concern. Person in stream collecting water sample Lead Contamination in Bald Eagle Nestlings Bald eagles can tell us a lot about contamination in aquatic systems because they are on top of the food web and fish are their primary prey—a food source they share with humans. From 2006 through 2015, the Great Lakes Inventory and Monitoring Network collected blood and feather samples from bald eagle nestlings to monitor contaminants in three upper Midwest national park units. This resource brief describes the results for just one of those contaminants: lead. Two eaglets in a nest with the remains of a fish. A Legacy of Contamination Production of DDT and PCBs was banned in the United States in the 1970s, but they continue to be found in the blood and feathers of bald eagles. What does our monitoring of eagles in three Great Lakes Network parks tell us about these "legacy contaminants"? A bald eagle nestling stands on sand with sun at his back. People can be seen in the background. Contaminants in Surface Water of the Mississippi River The land, water, and air of many national parks are affected by pollutants that are transported over long distances in the atmosphere (e.g., mercury), as well as contamination from sources closer to their borders. The Great Lakes Network is undertaking a study to develop baseline information about the occurrence of over 260 different contaminants in and near selected Network parks, including Mississippi National River and Recreation Area. Springhouse and pond at Coldwater Spring 2015 Recipients: George and Helen Hartzog Awards for Outstanding Volunteer Service Six people and programs received the 2015 Harzog Award for their exceptional volunteer service. Check out their amazing contributions! Young volunteer giving a thumbs up sign Microplastics Are Everywhere! Plastics are used to make everything from children’s toys to car parts and athletic wear to exfoliants. Plastics are lightweight and inexpensive to produce, qualities that can also make plastics a throw-away item. That disposability could present a threat to aquatic life in Midwestern lakes and streams. First page of resource brief NPS Geodiversity Atlas—Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, Minnesota Each park-specific page in the NPS Geodiversity Atlas provides basic information on the significant geologic features and processes occurring in the park. [Site Under Development] canoes on river National Park Service Commemoration of the 19th Amendment In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the passing of the 19th Amendment the National Park Service has developed a number of special programs. This includes online content, exhibits, and special events. The National Park Service’s Cultural Resources Geographic Information Systems (CRGIS) announces the release of a story map that highlights some of these programs and provides information for the public to locate and participate. Opening slide of the 19th Amendment NPS Commemoration Story Map Series: Geologic Time Periods in the Paleozoic Era During the Paleozoic Era (541 to 252 million years ago), fish diversified and marine organisms were very abundant. In North America, the Paleozoic is characterized by multiple advances and retreats of shallow seas and repeated continental collisions that formed the Appalachian Mountains. Common Paleozoic fossils include trilobites and cephalopods such as squid, as well as insects and ferns. The greatest mass extinction in Earth's history ended this era. fossil corals in a rock matrix Series: National Park Service Geodiversity Atlas The servicewide Geodiversity Atlas provides information on <a href="https://www.nps.gov/subjects/geology/geoheritage-conservation.htm">geoheritage</a> and <a href="https://www.nps.gov/subjects/geology/geodiversity.htm">geodiversity</a> resources and values all across the National Park System to support science-based management and education. The <a href="https://www.nps.gov/orgs/1088/index.htm">NPS Geologic Resources Division</a> and many parks work with National and International <a href="https://www.nps.gov/subjects/geology/park-geology.htm">geoconservation</a> communities to ensure that NPS abiotic resources are managed using the highest standards and best practices available. park scene mountains Ordovician Period—485.4 to 443.8 MYA Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountains national parks, along with the Blue Ridge Parkway that connects them, pass through rocks from the core of the Appalachian Mountains. The mountains began forming during the Ordovician and eventually attained elevations similar to those of the Himalayas. rock with fossil brachiopod shells Paleozoic Era During the Paleozoic Era (541 to 252 million years ago), fish diversified and marine organisms were very abundant. In North America, the Paleozoic is characterized by multiple advances and retreats of shallow seas and repeated continental collisions that formed the Appalachian Mountains. Common Paleozoic fossils include trilobites and cephalopods such as squid, as well as insects and ferns. The greatest mass extinction in Earth's history ended this era. fossil corals in a rock matrix Tracking Change and Growth at Crosby Farm Crosby Farm Regional park is now home to the Adaptive Silviculture for Climate Change (ASCC) project, a nation-wide experiment aimed at preparing forests for the impacts of climate change. Ranging from New Hampshire’s hardwood forests to Colorado’s towering pines and firs, each study site tests a different climate adaptation strategy. A plot of planted trees in a forest. Changing Patterns of Water Availability May Change Vegetation Composition in US National Parks Across the US, changes in water availability are altering which plants grow where. These changes are evident at a broad scale. But not all areas experience the same climate in the same way, even within the boundaries of a single national park. A new dataset gives park managers a valuable tool for understanding why vegetation has changed and how it might change in the future under different climate-change scenarios. Green, orange, and dead grey junipers in red soil, mountains in background Things to Do in Minnesota National Parks Things to do in Minnesota national parks. This page also contains Plan Like a Park Ranger articles and ideas for trips within the state. Pink cliffs in the background with yellow and green bushes in the foreground. Series: Things to Do in Midwest National Parks There is something for everyone in the Midwest. See what makes the Great Plains great. Dip your toes in the continent's inland seas. Learn about Native American heritage and history. Paddle miles of scenic rivers and waterways. Explore the homes of former presidents. From the Civil War to Civil Rights, discover the stories that shape our journey as a nation. Steep bluff with pink sky above and yellow leaves below.

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