Mississippi River in Saint Paul

The Mighty Mississippi

Saint Paul boasts more miles of Mississippi Riverfront, 26, than any other city from the headwaters to the Gulf of Mexico.

The Mississippi River cuts right through Saint Paul with the downtown on one side above the limestone bluffs and the West Side flats area on the other side.  Saint Paul is within the Mississippi National River & Recreation Area (MNRRA).  This 72-mile river park offers quiet stretches for fishing, boating and canoeing. Other spots are excellent for birdwatching, bicycling and hiking. And there are plenty of visitor centers that highlight the history and science of the Mississippi River.

Additionally, visitors to Saint Paul can dip their toes in the river at Raspberry Island underneath the Wabasha Street Bridge.  This beautiful island offers great picnic areas and a staircase leading into the river.

Other visitors prefer to experience the river from the comforts of a Padelford riverboat.  The Padelford offers many guided tours on the Mississippi River all departing from Harriet Island.

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