Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park

Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park is one of the most unique parks in Three Rivers. The Mississippi River defines the boundary of this 160-acre park and there are many opportunities to see our nation’s greatest river up close. From the 12-foot-wide observation walkway on top of the dam, enjoy spectacular scenery, the roar of the water, and rainbows in the mist..

Follow the more than two miles of trails along the bank of the river and disappear into the beauty and quiet of nature. Look for signs of the abundant wildlife that live in or visit the park—mink, beaver, hawks, osprey, deer, turtles and river otters. In winter, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are popular activities here.

Interactive Map of Coon Rapids Dam

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things to do

Bike Trail


Bikers crossing the dam

1 mile of trail

There is one mile of paved trail in the park with an additional two miles of trails on the Anoka County side of the dam. Rush Creek Regional Trail connects the park to Elm Creek Park Reserve

The 12-ft wide walkway is a unique and popular bike path over the river.

Boat Launch


Girl paddling a kayak

A carry-in boat access is located below the Visitor Center. Paddlers are advised to check Mississippi River conditions before launching.

Dog Trails - On Leash

Dog Trails

Man walking a dog on a paved trail

4.6 miles of trails

Walk your dog on the one mile paved trail in the park, or on the adjoining Rush Creek Regional Trail. Dogs are allowed only on paved trails with a six-foot, non-retractable leash. Owners must pick-up after their dog.

Fishing / Fishing Pier


Man and child fishing in the river

Mississippi River

A fishing deck is located on the west side of the dam. It is low enough to give anglers a good opportunity to ply the waters of the Mississippi River just below the gates of the dam. Spring flooding makes fishing unsafe along the shoreline and is discouraged. Water levels and current speed are variable at other times of the year. Fishing is not allowed from the Coon Rapids Dam walkway. Anglers must have a valid Minnesota fishing license.



GPS units on table

Geocaching is a family-friendly, high-tech treasure hunt that combines respect for the environment with a sense of adventure. This activity involves placing or looking for a cache using global positioning system (GPS) equipment.



Paved trail in the woods

5.9 miles of trails

Two turf trails follow the river downstream from the dam and offer vistas of the islands and back channels. There is 1 mile of paved trail in the park including a walkway across the dam. Rush Creek Regional Trail connects the park to Elm Creek Park Reserve

Nature Education

Nature Education

Children looking at minnows in a jar

The Visitor Center, located on west side of the river, is nestled in the woods above the river floodplain. The activities and exhibits focus on the natural history of the Mississippi River. Inside the visitor center, guests can find hands-on exhibits, live animals, an interactive Mississippi River kiosk, and year-round nature programming.



Couple paddling a canoe

A carry-in boat access is located below the Visitor Center. Paddlers are advised to check Mississippi River conditions before launching.

Picnic Area

Picnic Areas

Picnic table in shaded area

First-come, first-served picnic tables and grills are available for use throughout the park, with a volleyball court and plenty of room for lawn games. A picnic shelter is available for rental.



Group snowshoeing across field

1.5 miles of trails

Explore the nature trails along the Mississippi River with snowshoes available to rent at the Visitor Center.

Upcoming Events

Dec. 31–Feb. 25 | Coon Rapids Dam
Explore nature through hands-on activities for the whole family. Drop in any time!

Dec. 30–March 2 | Various Locations
Try snowshoeing for the first time in a beginner lesson or head out on a guided trek to explore the winter wilderness. Find a program that interests you!

Ongoing | Various Locations
Grab your friends and try something new. Women's programs include hiking, archery, fishing, kayaking and more.  Find one that interests you!

See all upcoming programs and events at Coon Rapids Dam!

More about Coon Rapids Dam

Master Plan

Three Rivers Park District and the City of Brooklyn Park are developing a joint master plan for Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park and the Brooklyn Park Environmental Nature Area. 

Coon Rapids Dam Operations

Three Rivers Park District owns all of the land within the West Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park boundaries on the Hennepin County side plus the entire Coon Rapids Dam. Learn more about the operations of this area.

mississippi park connection seeks rfps for paddle share through feb. 26

The Mississippi Park Connection is seeking requests for proposals (RFPs) through Feb. 26, 2018 to manage operations and maintenance of Mississippi River Paddle Share. Learn more.

young boy wading in the water holding a net.

Summer Camp Registration Now Open

Summer camp registration is now open. Camps are available on topics including nature exploration, outdoor recreation, golf, fishing, farming, art and Minnesota history. See camps offered at Coon Rapids Dam or browse all summer camps at Three Rivers. 

Brooklyn Park Recreation and Parks has partnered with Three Rivers Park District to offer the Brooklyn Park Nature Preschool, a state-licensed and nature-based program designed for children ages 3-5. Classes are capped at 20 students, and each have three lead teachers. All children who participate in the program are encouraged to explore, discover and learn about the world around them!

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