Upcoming river events
The National Park Service, Mississippi Park Connection, and partners offer a variety of upcoming river events:
St. Anthony Falls Visitor Center, 1 Portland Ave., the Upper St. Anthony Lock and Dam provides panoramic views of St. Anthony Falls and the surrounding mill district. Exhibits provide information about the falls and its place in Minnesota history. Rangers lead short tours out onto the lock walls and describe how the falls changed the course of history. The Visitor Center is open seven days a week, 9:30 am-5 pm, through Labor Day, and Fridays-Sundays in September. There will be additional “sunset hours” on select dates: June 28-29, July 26-27, and Aug 30-31. Admission is free. Info and tour times: https://parkconnection.org/events/2019/5/24/st-anthony-falls-visitor-center-season-opener.
Mississippi River Paddle Share, a new recreational and transportation opportunity for people who have some kayaking experience, don’t own a boat, and want a safe and enjoyable river experience. Reserve kayaks and equipment online. The cost is $25 for a single kayak and $40 for a tandem. Info and reservations: paddleshare.org.
Paddle with a Ranger in Minneapolis, Thursday, June 27, and Tuesday, July 9, 6-8 pm, Boom Island Park, 724 Sibley St. NE, a four-mile paddle from North Mississippi Regional Park to Boom Island Park, which includes a kayak, paddle, and personal flotation device rental from Paddle Share. Attendees must be 18 or older and must be able to maneuver a kayak. This event is $35 per person. Info: email@example.com or 651-291-8164. Tickets: eventbrite.com/e/paddle-with-a-ranger-minneapolis-tickets-61168643058.
Bike with a Ranger at The Commons, 425 Portland Ave., Friday, July 12, and Thursday, Aug. 1, 1-2:30 pm, and Saturday, Sept. 7, 11 am-12:30 pm, a family friendly way to explore the Mississippi River led by a park ranger. The ride begins at The Commons in downtown Minneapolis where stops will be made to talk about the history of the river. Bikes and helmets will not be provided. Info and registration: eventbrite.com/o/mississippi-park-connection-and-the-mississippi-national-river-and-recreation-area-11040851721.