Stearns County, Minnesota purchased the land and developed the Mississippi River County Park in 1973. It was Stearns County’s first official park.
It is made up of 230 acres with 1.3 miles of shoreline along the Mississippi River. One third of the park is forested including Oak Savanna and Butternut. Prairie Restoration is also re-establishing native plant communities throughout the park.
Mississippi River County Park is very popular for hikers and skiers who enjoy the peacefulness of nature.
NEW! An Archery Range was developed. It's open from April through October.
Summer: There's a play area with a playground, volleyball poles, and horseshoe pits; Picnic shelter and other picnic areas; hiking trails; an 18-hole disc golf course, and river access to fishing, boating, and canoeing. Spring and Fall are great times to get out on the trails for bird watching and fall colors! Winter brings snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.
Walking or skiing along the trails is the most popular activity in the park but many visitors also use the access to the river for fishing and boating.
This is a park that can be used for both active recreation and quiet relaxation!
Mississippi River County Park is open all year long.
Reserve the picnic shelter for $60 a day.
The parking lot, picnic shelter, and vault toilets are handicap accessible.
Pet Friendly Notes
Pets are allowed in the park. They must be on a leash less than six feet long. People bringing pets into the park are responsible for cleaning up after the them.