Mississippi National River & Recreation Area, MN

National Park Service
Canoeing on the Mississippi River
Canoeing on the Mississippi River

Designed to aid navigation on the Mississippi River between St. Paul and Minneapolis, the Meeker Lock and Dam was quickly outmoded by the development of hydroelectric power, which required a taller dam. Lock and Dam 1, downstream from Meeker, was rebuilt tall enough to produce electricity, but in doing so raised the level of the river over the top of the Meeker Lock and Dam. Engineers then destroyed the upper several feet of the Meeker Dam so it wouldn't hinder navigation. Today, only the lock wall can be seen during low water.

NPS/Gordon Dietzman

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Mississippi National River & Recreation Area

In the middle of a bustling urban setting, this 72 mile river park offers quiet stretches for fishing, boating and canoeing. Other spots are excellent for birdwatching, bicycling and hiking. And there...[more]

Address

120 West Kellogg Boulevard
Saint Paul, MN 55102
Email:miss_info@nps.gov

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Directions

Instructions to parking. The NPS Visitor Center is located in the lobby of the Science Museum. Eastbound on I-94: Take the Kellogg Blvd exit and and drive to the Eagle Street intersection. Take Eagle Street down the hill to Chestnut Street and turn left to the lower parking ramp entrance. Northbound on I-35E: Take the Kellogg Blvd exit and and drive to the Eagle Street intersection. Take Eagle Street down the hill to Chestnut Street and turn left to the lower parking ramp entrance. Westbound on I-94: Take the 6th Street exit (from the left lane). Follow 6th Street and turn left onto West 7th Street. Drive south to Chestnut Street and turn left to the lower parking entrance. Southbound on I-35E: Take the 10th Street exit to Jackson Street; turn left and go south to 7th Street and turn right on 7th Street to the intersection with Eagle Street. Turn left on Eagle and drive to Chestnut. Turn left to the parking entrance. 101-199 N Chestnut St, St Paul, MN GPS coordinates: 44.942656, -93.100133

Activities
  • AUTO TOURING AUTO TOURING
  • BIKING BIKING
  • BOATING BOATING
  • FISHING FISHING
  • HIKING HIKING
  • PADDLING PADDLING
  • PHOTOGRAPHY PHOTOGRAPHY
  • WILDLIFE VIEWING WILDLIFE VIEWING
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