Mississippi National River and Recreation Area

Superintendent Name: 
JoAnne Kyral

Native Americans utilized the Mississippi River for trade, food and water supply long before Europeans visited the “New World.” Its watersheds have shaped the continent and its cultures, and today the “Father of Waters” is still just as powerful as it once was. Millions of people get their drinking water from the watershed, and also use it as a playground, a shipping lane, and a political boundary. Millions of plants, animals and other living things thrive in the river’s ecosystem. Visit the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area and see the power for yourself.

Park Open Info: 
Year-round (Monday-Saturday)
Park Closed Info: 
Year-round (Monday-Saturday)
Park Acreage: 
53775
Highest Point Elevation: 
1000 feet
Visitor Count: 
3000000
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Mississippi River; Saint Anthony Falls
Endangered Species: 
Higgins Eye Pearlymussel
Entrance Fees: 
Free
Nearest Major City: 
Minneapolis, MN
Gateway Communities: 
Davenport, IA; Rock Island, IL; Bettendorf, IA; Milan, IL; Moline, IL
Nearby Airports: 
Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport (MSP)