Coon Rapids Dam Visitor Center
Perched above the Mississippi River, on the west side of the River, the Coon Rapids Dam Visitor Center offers an exceptional array of exhibits and material interpreting the river habitat. A highlight of the visitor center is the large aquaria containing river fish, turtles and other local reptiles and amphibians. Come nose to nose with a longnose gar, see if you can spot the eel, and discover what the largest minnow is.
Interactive Map of Coon Rapids Dam
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For great vistas follow the path to the observation walkway on top of the dam. Watch the ospreys high in their tower nest, search for special rocks along the river, fish, hug a 250-year-old oak tree, hunt for frogs in the wetlands, or search for animal signs.
Nature Exploration Area
The nature exploration area next to the visitor center is a natural space created to encourage free play in the outdoors. Kids and adults can explore the forest, build forts, and exercise their creativity.
Backpack kits are available, free of charge, for individuals and groups visiting the park. Topics are trees, birds, insects, and the Mississippi River. Kits may include binoculars, fun family activities, identification books, insect nets, etc.
Programs and Events
Upcoming programs and events at Coon Rapids Dam.
Looking for a special experience for your group? The professional naturalists at the Coon Rapids Dam Visitor Center offer a wide variety of outdoor educational programs for schools, scouts, community groups, senior centers, homeschools, and other groups. Learn more.
Three Rivers relies on the support of volunteers to maintain the high quality programs and operations in the parks.