Home to 10,000 acres of parkland, Minneapolis Northwest has more than enough space to spread out and relax. Our parks offer endless opportunities for outdoor recreation, picnics, and spotting local wildlife.

Top parks include Elm Creek Park Reserve (the largest park in Hennepin County!), which is home to a chlorinated swimming pond, disc golf course, nature center, and a winter recreation area. Mississippi Gateway Regional Park spans both sides of the Mississippi River via the Coon Rapids Dam and is part of the Mississippi River Paddle Share program.

Meanwhile, smaller parks like Palmer Lake Park have beautiful greenspace and wetlands, perfect for picnics, biking and bird-watching.


Mississippi Gateway Regional Park

Mississippi Gateway Regional Park (formerly Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park) provides a variety of opportunities for outdoor exploration and adventure. This unique park is defined by the Mississippi River and features 160 acres of amazing scenery to bike, hike, fish and more.

North Mississippi Regional Park

Nestled between I-94 and the Mississippi River, North Mississippi Regional Park provides a scenic oasis just steps from downtown Minneapolis. This popular regional park is part of the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board, which has been continually noticed as the No. 1 park system in the...