MISSISSIPPI RIVER TRAIL SIGNAGE COMPLETED - HASTINGS TO IOWA BORDER SEGMENT - RIBBON CUTTING CELEBRATION ON OCTOBER 2
Partners including MnDOT, National Park Service, MRT Inc., and the Mississippi River Parkway Commission of MN marked the occasion at the National Eagle Center in Wabasha. 148 miles of the MRT, Minnesota's first state bikeway, is now signed. Fall is a great time to get out and enjoy it! Click here to view Mississippi River Trail information and maps for Minnesota, or visit MRT Inc. for info on the route in the other nine Mississippi River states.
2013 - CELEBRATING THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE GREAT RIVER ROAD
Established in 1938, the Great River Road travels nearly 3,000 miles through 10 states. In Minnesota, it runs for 575 miles along the Missisippi River, through 11 state parks, state historic sites, Chippewa National Forest, Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, 21 counties and 60 communities. Join us - celebrate the Mississippi River and its National Scenic Byway!
Governor Dayton proclaimed May 2013 as Great River Road Month in Minnesota, in celebration of the 75th anniversary.
A few ideas are listed below. For many more, visit Explore Minnesota Tourism's Calendar of Events, where you can search by town or by event type. Just go to www.exploreminnesota.com and click on "events."
Step 3 - Get out there and have fun!
The byway meanders through a wide variety of landscapes — the humble headwaters, countryside dappled with lakes, the northwoods, ribbons of lush resort and farm country, rolling bluffs, big cities and charming river communities. Worthy of a week's vacation in its entirety, the Mississippi flows naturally through six distinct regions whose unique river experiences can be explored on excursions of any length. Follow the lure of the river and the freedom of the road to see what lies around the next bend. Pull out a map, tune in some good driving music and load up the car, a van, motorcycle or bike. Your Mississippi River adventure is just waiting to begin. See you on the Great River Road!
The headwaters of the Mississippi include 11 dams: six for hydropower, 4 that form reservoirs, and one that retains water for recreational purposes. There are nine glacial lakes in the headwaters, and less than 1% of the floodplain has been cutoff from the river. Every year, more than 1 million people travel to the headwaters of the Mississippi River at Lake Itasca. Source: The McKnight Foundation