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Mississippi Park Connection River Events and Activities

The Mississippi Park Connection would like you to know about these riven events and activies:

Murder on the Mississippi

Description: Murder on the Mississippi combines performance art, education, entertainment, boating and philanthropy to create a unique, social experience out on the river in a national park. We bet there isn't anything quite like it in the country!  

Mississippi Park Connection and the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area in collaboration with Fearless Comedy Productions, brings an immersive murder mystery theatrical experience to life, Murder on the Mississippi. Cruise down the Mississippi River while enjoying a beverage, taking in gorgeous scenery, and helping to solve a murder mystery on this unique Jonathan Padelford riverboat experience.
Plot: It's 1856 and traffic on the Mississippi River has reached an all-time high. Competition from the rail industry is increasing every year. Immigrants are moving north to the Minnesota Territory and the young towns of Minneapolis and Saint Paul. Board the Jonathan Padelford riverboat as it travels up the river from St. Louis and help stop a crime before it happens. Experience the diversity of the population that called the Mississippi River home during the mid 1800's and figure out who the killer is to save someone from murder!    

Dates and Ticket Information:

July 24
August 22
September 18

Price: $25 ($20 for members of Mississippi Park Connection)

Mississippi River Paddle Share

Description: Mississippi River Paddle Share is a new and exciting recreational and transportation opportunity for people who have some kayaking experience, don’t own a boat, and want a safe and enjoyable river experience. This is a first of its kind in a national park and in the country.  
Mississippi River Paddle Share provides you with everything you need for an enjoyable experience on the river. Simply reserve your kayak online, unlock your boat and equipment from the lockers, launch, and enjoy! There are plenty of things to see and do on the river — paddle past a heron rookery for some fabulous birding, stop for a bite to eat at one of the city's riverside restaurants, and enjoy spectacular skyline views from the Mighty Mississippi!  

2019 dates (weather permitting!)
June 8-9, 15-16, 21-23, 28-30
July 4-7, 12-14, 19-21, 26-28
August 2-4, 9-11, 16-18, 23-25, 30-31
September 1-2, 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 28-29
Cost: $25 for a single kayak rental; $40 for a tandem kayak rental

Nightime Nature Fun

See which types of creatures and critters crawl at night by setting up sheets and black lights at Coldwater Spring with Ranger Sharon Stiteler and entomologist Jessica Miller. We might also hear other night active critters like deer, owls, raccoons or even coyotes as we explore the park after dark summer series.
Dates: 9PM - 11PM

Bike with a Ranger at The Commons

1:00 PM  2:30 PM
The Commons
11:00 AM  12:30 PM
The Commons
Description: This Bike With a Ranger program begins at the Commons in downtown Minneapolis where the ride will take us to historic stops along the river. Witness the evolution of a mill city that grew around water, power, and massive flour mills.  Significant sites that groups will be stopping at for a short talk by a park ranger are:  Nicollet Island, Boom Island, Bohemian Flats, and the only waterfall on the Mississippi River, St. Anthony Falls.  

What makes this event unique? --- Water, Flour, and Power. What this route doesn’t cover in distance easily makes up for in explosive history, the power of water, and a river that connects it all.  The only waterfall on the entire Mississippi River lies at St. Anthony Falls, the birthplace of what is now the mill city of Minneapolis.  These falls powered the mills that once fed the world, making Minneapolis the biggest flour producer in the world by 1880.  Participants will also visit the only site that utilizes the power of the falls to generate electricity today.  A glimpse into the rivers past will take us to points that look towards the future, where kayak stations have replaced sawmills, and reverence and recreation have replaced industry.     

NEW Paddle with a Ranger

Tuesday, July 9, 2019
6:00 PM  8:00 PM
Description: Get up close and personal with a heron rookery, spot bald eagles, peregrine falcons and other wildlife as you kayak down the Mississippi River with Park Ranger Sharon Stiteler. You will also pass by the site for the Upper Harbor Terminal Project, and several industries on the river. This four-mile paddle from North Mississippi Regional Park to Boom Island Park includes a kayak, paddle and personal flotation device rental from Paddle Share.
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