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 country. It’s 67.2 acres offer excellent views of the Mississippi River and the surrounding woods and prairie. Here you will find abundant wildlife in action, such as a Great Blue Heron nesting on an island, deer foraging, a beaver felling trees, and hawks and eagles soaring overhead. In summer, the native prairie flowers provide ever-changing color and draw in crucial pollinators.
The park’s walking trails meander through the prairie and along the shores of the river. Bike trails traverse the park and connect with Webber Parkway, Shingle Creek, and various commuter routes into downtown. South of 57th Avenue, the park provides additional amenities including a play area, wading pool, picnic tables, grills, shelters, a fishing pier, and a boat launch. The park also participates in the Mississippi River Paddle Share program. You can rent a kayak upstream at Brooklyn Park’s River Park, and paddle to the return station at North Mississippi Regional Park!
Located within the park, the Carl W. Kroening Interpretive Center provides nature programs and environmental learning for all ages. It includes bird watching stations, interpretive exhibits about the Mississippi River and local wildlife, nature exploration resources, and a Nice Ride Bike Share station. Visitors can explore seasonal topics in the park with a naturalist and get creative with arts and crafts. Family Fundays are offered throughout the year – one Sunday afternoon a month, families can spend an afternoon with nature themed activities that everyone can enjoy. The center also offers a Nature Nuts Play Group and School Release Day Programs.
Home to nine pristine lakes, and within easy reach of dozens more, Minneapolis Northwest is a perfect spot for those who enjoy (or want to try) kayaking, canoeing, and paddleboarding. Appreciate the benefits of our smaller lakes on the outskirts of the metro area with less crowds and boat traffic,...
From breathtaking scenic hikes along the Mississippi River, to wandering meandering trails through Hennepin County’s largest nature preserve, you'll find plenty of hiking opportunities in Minneapolis Northwest’s beautiful parks.