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Shadow Falls Park, 30 N Mississippi River Blvd, St Paul, MN 55104
Hidden Falls Regional Park, 1313 Hidden Falls Drive, St Paul, MN 55116
Crosby Farm Regional Park, 2595 Crosby Farm Rd, St Paul, MN 55116
Lilydale Regional Park, 950 Lilydale Rd, St Paul, MN 55118
Victoria Park, 852 Hathaway St. Saint Paul, MN 55102
Cherokee Regional Park, 700 Cherokee Heights Blvd, St Paul, MN 55107
Harriet Island Regional Park, 200 Dr Justus Ohage Blvd, St Paul, MN 55107
Upper Landing Park, Shepard Road, St Paul, MN 55102
Raspberry Island Regional Park, 2 Wabasha St S, St Paul, MN 55107
Kellogg Mall Park, 62 W Kellogg Blvd, St Paul, MN 55101
Lower Landing Park, 200 Warner Rd, St Paul, MN 55106
Indian Mounds Park, 10 Mounds Blvd, St Paul, MN 55106
Pig’s Eye Regional Park, 81 Fish Hatchery Rd., Saint Paul, MN 55106
Battle Creek Regional Park, 2300 Upper Afton Rd, Maplewood, MN 55119
Highwood Hills Park, 2192 Londin Lane, Saint Paul, MN 55119
Taylor Park, 2131 S Howard St., Saint Paul, MN
Henry Park, 2120 Skyway Dr., Saint Paul, MN 55119
(651) 266-6400.
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The Great River Passage is an initiative by the City of Saint Paul to connect people to recreational and environmental amenities along its 26 miles of Mississippi riverfront. Over the next several years, St. Paul will be researching and implementing projects that “balance environmental stewardship with forward-thinking development” of the river. The goal of the Great River Passage is to drive economic growth, health, and neighborhood improvement in Saint Paul for generations to come.

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Two girls on shoreline of the Mississippi River with skyline in background at Harriet Island Park in Saint Paul Minnesota
Harriet Island Park

Great River Tour

The Landmark Center offers a Great River Walking Tour as part of their weekly summer walking tours. During the summer of 2020, they created this virtual tour:

River Learning Center – Coming Soon

In January of 2022, the City of St. Paul and the Great River Passage Conservancy announced that they had selected a team to design the River Learning Center at Crosby Farm Regional Park in St. Paul. When finished, this will be a mixed-use, river-focused space and a National Park Service Headquarters. It will serve as a national gateway to the Mississippi River with year-round river learning and outdoor recreation experiences that promote good stewardship and teach and honor the history, ecology and cultural significance of the river.

The project team hopes to have a final design and cost estimate ready by October 2022.

Crosby Farm Regional Park in Saint Paul, MN
Crosby Farm Regional Park

Parks & Trails Making up the Great River Passage

The Great River Passage is made up of seventeen city and regional parks connected by the 17 miles of river that flow through Saint Paul. Parks include:

  1. Shadow Falls Park
  2. Hidden Falls Regional Park
  3. Crosby Farm Regional Park
  4. Lilydale Regional Park
  5. Victoria Park
  6. Cherokee Regional Park
  7. Harriet Island Regional Park
  8. Upper Landing Park
  9. Raspberry Island Regional Park
  10. Kellogg Mall Park
  11. Lower Landing Park
  12. Indian Mounds Park
  13. Pig’s Eye Regional Park and Archery Range
  14. Battle Creek Regional Park
  15. Highwood Hills Park
  16. Taylor Park
  17. Henry Park

Cherokee Regional Park Playground, St. Paul, MN
Cherokee Regional Park Playground, St. Paul, MN

There are also six major trails, including:

  1. Mississippi River Regional Trail
  2. Mississippi River Boulevard
  3. Robert Piram Regional Trail
  4. Great River Road
  5. Samuel H. Morgan Regional Trail
  6. Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary & Regional Trail

Mississippi River Boulevard
Mississippi River Boulevard

Mississippi River Paddle Share

The Mississippi River Paddle Share is a new a program that works a bit like the Nice Ride program only with Kayaks. Like Nice Ride, Paddle Share is a self-service rental program. Simply reserve kayaks online and then use the code you receive to unlock your equipment. Saint Paul’s Paddle Share route starts at Hidden Falls Regional Park and goes down the Mississippi for six miles, ending at Harriet Island Regional Park. water fun

The exciting part about this is that it originally looked like it was going to be an adult-only program, but it turns out it is family-friendly. While you must be and experienced kayaker and at least 18 to rent a kayak, the experienced adult can bring along a younger, less experienced person in a 2-person kayak.

This program isn’t for everyone and beginners are encouraged to try other paddle programs. If you are interested, take some time to review their website for all the rules and important information.

Great River Passage Stats

The Great River Passage is made up of:

  • 17 miles of Mississippi River
  • 16 parks
  • 10 major trials
  • 4 lakes
  • 4 historic and preserve sites
  • 2 dog parks
  • 1 archery range

Future Great River Passage projects include:

  • Re-imagining the use of the Saint Paul Riverboat
  • Creating connections within Pigs Eye Regional Park and to nearby trails and east side destinations
  • Create the River Balcony — a paved public walk along one and a half miles of urban river shore. This would connect parks, landmarks, businesses and other spaces.
  • Build the East Side River District – This would work to redevelop an area that has been neglected and compromised while connecting it to the rest of the city in a way that respects sacred sites and sensitive ecological systems.

Great River Passage - St. Paul Riverfront

There is so much for families to do on St. Paul’s Riverfront, from archery, to bike rides to a picnic by a playground. Leave us a comment and let us know your favorite kid-friendly activity.

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