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The National Park Service turns 100 on August 25, 2016!  Celebrations have been underway since the beginning of 2016 but are in high gear during August.  Join in the festivities!  For information on the nation wide celebration, visit the NPS Centennial Website.  Minnesota is fortunate to be home to the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, a unique urban park that tells the story of the mightly Mississippi River, and helps people experience the river. It's a treasure and can't miss stop along the Great River Road.  August 29 is National Parks Centennial Day at the Minnesota State Fair - a great chance to learn more about all six of Minnesota's National Parks. 

MN Great River Road Featured

Thank you to Lake Time magazine and MN-MRPC member Anne Lewis for this feature article, included in the Spring 2016 edition.  And, check out Minnesota Monthly's travel blog - "Road Trip: Follow the Great River Road."

 2016 is the Year of Birding along the Mississippi River

The Mississippi River Connections Collaborative is a network of local, state and federal refuge, park and trail managers, alongside non-profit organizations that are committed to connecting people to the Mississippi River. Promotion and events in 2016 focus on birding, perfect for the Mississippi flyway! For information on events as well as birding resources, visit

Looking for more ideas? 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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News & Events

Cuyuna Crusher Mountain Bike Event - Crosby Area, August 26 -28 (8/22/16)
River City Days - Red Wing, August 5 - 7 (8/3/16)
Tall Timber Days - Grand Rapids, August 5 - 7 (8/3/16)
Riverboat Heritage Days - Aitkin, August 5 - 7 (8/3/16)
Riverfront Fest - Minneapolis, July 29 (7/21/16)
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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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