Mississippi Gateway Regional Park
Mississippi Gateway 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 is popular here.
For more information about the Phase 2 road and trail construction project at the park, click here.
Interactive Map of Mississippi Gateway
things to do
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.
4.6 miles of trails
Walk your dog on the one mile paved trail, some turf trails, and on the adjoining Rush Creek Regional Trail. Dogs are allowed with a six-foot, non-retractable leash. Owners must pick-up after their dog.
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.
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.
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
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, and year-round nature programming. Exploration backpacks are also available for checkout!
A carry-in boat access is located below the visitor center. Paddlers are advised to check Mississippi River conditions before launching.
Paddle Share Program
The Mississippi River Paddle Share Program has partnered with Three Rivers to offer kayak rentals to experienced paddlers! Put-in stations are located in the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area at Mississippi Gateway Regional Park and River Park (in partnership with Brooklyn Park). Plan your trip, make online reservations, and see who else has partnered with this program. Learn more.
Ongoing | Richardson & Mississippi Gateway
Explore nature through hands-on activities! Programs are entirely outdoors.
All programs and events
See all upcoming programs and events at Mississippi Gateway.
The Future of Mississippi Gateway
From community input and a partnership between Three Rivers and Brooklyn Park, Mississippi Gateway Regional Park and Brooklyn Park Environmental Nature Area are becoming one.
Mississippi Gateway Regional Park will become a year-round connection for all people to celebrate the Mississippi River.
Nearer to Coon Rapids Dam and the new Mississippi Gateway Center, the park will focus on the river and active recreation. Moving away from the dam, the park will become more wild with field learning stations for nature exploration.
Three Rivers and Brooklyn Park will work together, and construction will occur as funds become available.
Learn more about the master plan.
Watch a Video about Mississippi Gateway
Three Rivers Park District owns all of the land within Mississippi Gateway Regional Park plus the entire Coon Rapids Dam. Learn more about the operations of this area.
Give to Mississippi Gateway
Do you love Mississippi Gateway Regional Park? Support the park with a donation!
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