Mississippi National River & Recreation Area
These 72 miles are a significant and representative stretch of the Mississippi. They contain the only gorge and waterfall on the main course of the entire 2,350 miles of river. Named St. Anthony Falls in 1680, the falls were later used to generate power for logging, flour milling, and electricity for a growing population. Less than ten miles away, the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers was an early outpost for the American military and an important crossroads for fur traders. Further downstream, St. Paul marked the upper end of steamboat navigation and was the jumping off place for tens of thousands of settlers. And the Vermillion River bottoms are excellent examples of floodplain forest ecology. From visitor centers to trails, from industrial centers Mississippi River backwaters, this park has a bit of something for everyone.
Driving DirectionsPlane - The Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport is the hub airport for Northwest Airlines but is also served by other airlines including SunCountry, Delta, Frontier and others.
For Visitors...The things to do at Mississippi National River & Recreation Area are bike riding, boating, climbing, fishing, hiking, water sports, winter sports and wildlife viewing. There's a picnic area, a store to get groceries and eating places.
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