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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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 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.
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, an interactive Mississippi River kiosk, and year-round nature programming.
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.
Dec. 21 | Coon Rapids Dam
Celebrate the shortest day of the year with light, music and cheer! Explore holiday traditions from around the world, and enjoy warm refreshments by a bonfire.
Dec. 9–Jan. 1 | Various Locations
Looking for ways to ring in the holidays? Make handmade crafts, celebrate the solstice or join a New Year’s hike! Browse all holiday programs at Three Rivers.
More about Coon Rapids Dam
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.
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!