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Mississippi National River & Recreation Area. Basic information for visitors to the Mississippi National River & Recreation Area In southeastern Minnesota, from Dayton and Ramsey to Hastings

Mississippi National River & Recreation Area

In southeastern Minnesota,

from Dayton and Ramsey to Hastings

 

Museums, cultural centers, and natural and historical attractions stretch along 72 mi of the Mississippi River corridor, representing the dynamic history of the great, 2,350-mi waterway. Twenty-five communities are settled along this 54,000-acre section of river, each unique in its coastal attractions, which range from quiet rural parks to bustling metropolitan riverfronts. Numerous exhibits and museums are points of interest in each town, notably the Minnesota History Center and the Science Museum of Minnesota in St. Paul; the Sibley House Historic Site in Men-dota; and the Mill City Museum in Minneapolis. The area was established on November 18, 1988.

 

WHAT TO SEE & DO

Bicycling, boating, boat touring, canoeing, cross-country skiing, fishing, guided and self-guided tours, hiking, picnicking, swimming. Facilities: 5 visitor centers: Mississippi River (lobby of Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul), Coon Rapids Dam East (9750 Egret Blvd., Coon Rapids), Coon Rapids Dam West (10360 W. River Rd., Brooklyn Park), Fort Snelling State Park (1 Post Rd., St. Paul), and North Mississippi Regional Park (4900 Mississippi Court, Minneapolis); museums, hiking trails. Programs & Events: Informational talks, museum events, interpretive centers, and stewardship programs. Tips & Hints: River may freeze Dec-Mar.

 

FOOD & LODGING

 Camping: None at site. In Andover: Anoka County Park (550 Bunker Lake Blvd. NW, tel. 763/757-3920; 48 sites; $14-$19; flush toilets, showers, hook-ups). E Hotels: None in the park. In Anoka: Anoka Super 8 (1129 W. U.S. 10, tel. 763/422-8000 or 800/800-8000; 56 rooms; $60-$85). In Hastings: Hastings Country Inn & Suites (300 33 St. W, tel. 651/437-8870; 50 rooms, 11 suites; $75, $89 suites). X Restaurant: None in the park. In Prescott, WI: Steamboat Inn & River Charters (U.S. 10 at Bridge, tel. 651/480-8222; $7-$12; closed Mon. and Tues.).

 

FEES, HOURS & REGULATIONS

Free. Fees to enter some parks in corridor: Coon Rapids Dam East ($4), Coon Rapids Dam West ($4), Fort Snelling State Park ($7). Minnesota fishing and watercraft license ($9.50-$18 for one day) required. Area open daily 24 hours. Science Museum Visitor Center open mid-June-early-Sept., Mon.-Sat. 9:30-9, Sun. noon-5; early Sept.-mid-June, Mon.-Wed. 9:30-5, Thurs.-Sat. 9:30-9, Sun. noon-5. Closed one week in early Sept.; shorter hours on some holidays. Other visitor center hours vary by site.

 

HOW TO GET THERE

The park covers a 72-mi stretchof the Mississippi River from Dayton and Ramsey, through the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro region, to south of Hastings. Closest airport: Minneapolis-St. Paul.

 

CONTACTS

Mississippi National River & Recreation Area (111 E. Kellogg Blvd., Suite 105, St. Paul, MN 55101, tel. 651/290-4160, fax 651/290-3214, ). Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park (9750 Egret Blvd., Coon Rapids, MN 55433, tel. 763/757-4700 east side, 763/757-8187 west side,). Fort Snelling State Park (1 Post Rd, St. Paul, MN 55111, tel. 612/725-2724,). North Mississippi Regional Park (4900 Mississippi Court, Minneapolis, MN 55430, tel. 612/370-4865). Science Museum Visitor Center (120 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, MN, 55102, tel. 651/293-0200). Minnesota Office of Tourism (100 Metro Sq., 121 7th Pi. E, St. Paul, MN, 55101, tel. 651/296-5029 or 800/657-3700).

Mississippi National River & Recreation Area. Basic information for visitors to the Mississippi National River & Recreation Area In southeastern Minnesota, from Dayton and Ramsey to Hastings