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North Mississippi Park
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5114 North Mississippi Dr.
Minneapolis, MN 55430
Phone: 612 230-6400


North Mississippi Park Playground North Mississippi Park

Even though the freeway closely parallels the Mississippi River, you canít see it from Interstate 94 while driving its northernmost Minneapolis mile. You may not even know the river is there. And the river isnít all you canít see from the freeway.

From south of the Camden Bridge (42nd Ave.) north to 53rd Ave. N, Mississippi Regional Park snakes along the river for just over a mile. Hidden behind that freeway wall, this regional park lies in wait, ready to charm the visitor who knows itís there, to captivate those lucky enough to stumble upon it.

Park Features
One may visit North Mississippi Park for the walk or the view, but picnic tables, grills and the boat launch/fishing dock, all at the south end of the park, make it a place to spend the day. Walking and biking trails traverse the park and connect with Webber Parkway and commuter routes downtown.

A wading pool, featuring a rock waterfall and rock walls, and a state-of-the-art playground are located on the north end of the park. The park has four picnic shelters, three of which are reservable.

The Carl W. Kroening Interpretive Center features information on the Mississippi River and its relevance to the development, history and wildlife of Minneapolis.

Mississippi River
The real charm of the park, of course, is its proximity to the river. Near the river it becomes possible to forget you are in the heart of a large metropolitan area. As you make your way south along the river, you arrive at Shingle Creek. Secluded and picturesque, in summer the creek is roofed in places by vine-covered tree branches arching over it. The path leads to a footbridge over the creek, across the bridge, through the woods, under the Camden Bridge, past picnic tables and grills, and finally to the boat launch/fishing dock. Anyone the least bit in awe of the worldís great rivers, with a weakness for beautiful scenery and a penchant for reflection, canít help but be drawn to this spot.

Historical Profile: More information about this and other parks is included in Parks, Lakes, Trails and So Much More, a richly detailed account of the histories of Minneapolisí renowned recreational system.

Related facilities:
Carl W. Kroening Interpretive Center
  • Biking Path
  • Boat Dock
  • Drinking Fountain
  • Fishing Dock
  • Picnic Area
  • Restroom Facilities
  • Tot Lot/Playground
  • Wading Pool
  • Walking Path
    What our amenities offer you:
    Picnic Area: Picnic tables and three reservable picnic shelters.

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