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July-August 2010 Highlights

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River Loop
Day Tripping on the Upper Miss

It’s easy to spend a day exploring these stretches of the Upper Mississippi. In each of our “River Loops” columns we’ll prowl a stretch of the river for interesting places and things to do.

North Minneapolis to Coon Rapids Dam

The trip upriver from downtown Minneapolis to the Coon Rapids Dam is only 12 miles, but in this short stretch the river changes dramatically in several ways.

St. Anthony Falls, in downtown Minneapolis, marks the transition from the gorge that begins at the falls to the prairie river above the falls, where the high bluffs quickly melt away.

Coon Rapids Dam Anoka county

Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park
Hennepin County

Twin Cities River Rats

Mississippi National River and Recreation Area (MNRRA)

72-mile National Park in the Twin Cities

Three Rivers Park District

Reidel Farm Estate

Mississippi West Park

Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts in Manomin Park

North Mississippi Regional Park

Carl W. Kroening Interpretive Center in North Mississippi Regional Park On Facebook

Anoka County Riverfront Regional Park

River Park Restoration (pdf)
Brooklyn Park

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Feature Stories

Burgers on the River

Geffert’s Burger Boat serves up burgers hot off the grill to Quad Cities boaters.


Friends of LeClaire Canal on Facebook

Burger Boat on YouTube

Turtle Dogs Play the Shell Game

Boykin spaniels help out in a prickly project.

One of John Ruckers’ Boykin spaniels poses with hi-tech footwear to protect against painful run-ins with prickly pear cacti. Can you spot the turtle in this picture? (Ed Britton)

Cleaning Up the Minnesota River

A new limit on suspended solids would help to clean up the river — if ordinances are enforced.
By Ashley Acosta

A Perilous Lake Pepin Adventure

A Boy Scout canoe trip almost ends in tragedy.
By Jim Lackore

Cottonwoods — Giants of the Riverbottoms

Old trees are obvious. Where are the young ones?

Fish Poster

Water clarity in the backwaters affects the mix of fish species.

Repairing Driftless Area Fields and Streams

Think of the river as the sum of all its tributaries.
By Ed Brick