Mississippi National River and Recreation Area

  • Image of Mississippi River water reflection with yellow trees



Mississippi Information

The Mississippi River is an iconic river recognized as an individual national park site that relies on conservation donations from national park supporters.

The Mississippi River is one of the world's great rivers and one of the most complex floodplain river ecosystems on the planet. It is also one of the defining features of the North American continent. Used by Native Americans for trade, food, and water long before Europeans visited the New World, the Mississippi River and its watershed is a major contributor to the ecology, culture, politics and economy of the United States.

The National Park Foundation encourages and promotes local fundraising support at individual national park sites. The Mississippi River Fund is a nonprofit partner of the National Park Service and supports core stewardship and community engagement programs in education, water quality protection, habitat restoration and our shared heritage.


Making an Impact

Visiting Mississippi

Map of the Park

Mississippi National River and Recreation Area
111 E. Kellogg Blvd. Suite 105
St. Paul , MN

Parks Near Mississippi National River and Recreation Area

Saint Croix river flows alongside grass and trees
Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway, formed by the St. Croix and Namekagon, offers clean water for paddle boating and fishing.
Field at Effigy Mounds National Monument
The secretive mounds culture of the Eastern Woodland people is one of the many mysteries of the national parks.
Dramatic icicles hanging from the Apostle Island ice caves
Supporters of the National Park Foundation help protect seashores like these and keep them ripe with hiking, paddling, sailing, and boating opportunities.
a red rock wall with white fluffy clouds in a blue sky
Pipestone National Monument is sacred to many American Indian tribes, who quarry and carve its red pipestone for prayer ceremonies.
From the Blog

From the Blog

Hot air balloons floating over Elis Island
Travel Ideas
February 25, 2016
Children with skis at Mississippi National River and Recreation Area
Field Notes
April 24, 2014
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