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Paddle Share 

Have you ever paddled the Mississippi River in a kayak?  Well, here's your chance to try it out.  The Mississippi River Paddle Share is open for the season.  Experience the river up close and personal in the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area!  For more information visit -

Visit the Mississippi River Geotourism Website

Project partners including the Mississippi River Parkway Commission/Great River Road recently celebrated the official launch of the Mississippi River Geotourism MapGuide website.  The landmark project is a historically significant digital asset for global and national guests who visit or live in the 10 states along the Mississippi River. From New Orleans and Natchez in the River’s Delta region to Lake Itasca, Minnesota, at the headwaters, locals submitted nearly 2,000 nominations of their favorite points of interest; historic, cultural and natural landmarks; events and local festivals; music experiences; artisans and attractions, which capture the region’s unique character, heritage and beauty.

America's Greatest Drive

The Great River Road National Scenic Byway follows the course of the Mississippi RIver through ten states. Minnesota's Great River Road is a network of roadways offering a bounty of river experiences in a parkway setting. It spans 565 miles, 43 communities, 20 counties, three tribes and six unique destination areas.  From the headwaters at Lake Itasca to the bluffs of southeast Minnesota, the parkway spans the state's distinct natural and scenic regions.  

Minnesota's National Great River Road Interpretive Centers have been specially designated for their remarkable presentation of Mississippi River stories. Here's a list - visit one, or several as part of your Mississippi River adventure...

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Join us!

For more information on how to participate in Great River Road projects and activities, click here

News & Events

Riverboat Heritage Days - Aitkin, August 4 - 6 (7/27/17)
Uptown Art Fair - Minneapolis, August 4 - 6 (7/27/17)
River City Days - Red Wing, August 4 - 6 (7/27/17)
Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival - Bemidji, August 2 - 5 (7/27/17)
50th Annual Art in the Park - Bemidji, July 22- 23 (7/14/17)
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Opening Music: "Take A Look" by Charlie McGuire. Used, gratefully, with permission by the National Park Service National Mississippi River & Recreation Area. Click here to listen to "Take a Look" in its entirety and to hear other great river tunes.
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