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.
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.
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 renown recreational
Carl W. Kroening Interpretive Center
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