Fort Snelling on the Minnesota and Mississippi rivers. (Robert J. Hurt)

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River Loop
Day Tripping on the Upper Miss

Exploring the Upper Mississippi is easy for people who like to travel in a circle and get back where they started by bedtime. Major crossings are about 30 miles apart, so you can go down one side, cross the river and come back on the other.

It’s also easy to spend a day exploring any of these stretches. In each of our “River Loops” columns we’ll prowl a stretch of the river for interesting places and things to do. This loop describes what to see and do from St. Paul to Minneapolis.

St. Paul to Minneapolis
The Many Faces of the Urban River

Loop Links

Mississippi National River and Recreation Area   72 miles of the Mississippi River flowing through the Twin Cities area

Historic Fort Snelling

Fort Snelling State Park (DNR)

Mississippi River Gallery at the Science Museum of Minnesota

Meet Minneapolis (CVB)

Minneapolis Riverfront District

Explore Minnesota (Tourism)

St. Paul CVB

Minnesota's Great River Road

Mill City Museum


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Sept.-Oct. 2009 Feature Stories

Restoring the Floodplain Forest

River biologists are battling reed canary grass and black locust trees. By Pamela Eyden

Restaurant Review:
Kate & Gracie’s
Alma, Wisconsin

Dine in affordable comfort with a view of the river.By Pamela Eyden

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Turning a Problem into Profit

Schafer Fisheries processes millions of pounds of Asian and common carp in Thomson, Ill. By Reggie McLeod

Schafer Fisheries

Making Clinton, Iowa, a Greater Place

City leaders and volunteers are using grants and local support to make the river more accessible. By Becky Sisco

Down the Mississippi in a Homemade Boat

Urban Boatbuilders teaches kids how to make boats, then takes them on a river journey. By Bob Deck

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