Riverfront Park is found on the river side of Cape Girardeau’s flood wall and has terraced seating, ample benches, a walking trail over one mile long and excellent views of the barges making their way up and down the Mighty Mississippi. In almost any weather, you’ll find folks enjoying the river, especially in the evening. This 1.5 acre park serves as docking space for riverboats such as the American Queen and the Queen of the Mississippi who stop in Cape Girardeau in the summer and fall as passengers from all over the world explore the historic downtown area.
Stroll along the riverfront on newly extended trails or relax on a bench and watch the barge traffic. Educational panels provide interesting information, and the Welcome to Cape Girardeau mural is a colorful backdrop. Riverfront Park also provides excellent views of the Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge. On the city side of the flood wall, the Mississippi River Tales mural and the Missouri Wall of Fame mural bring Cape Girardeau's history and famous Missourians to life, complete with educational panels that showcase each panel of the murals.
Riverfront Park is accessible year round, river level permitting.
The Broadway flood gate closes when the Mississippi River reaches 38 feet, and the Themis Street flood gate closes at 36 feet. Train tracks run directly in front of the flood gates which provide access to Riverfront Park, so the park is very briefly inaccessible (for no more than 20 minutes at a time) when a train is moving through. Riverfront Park is entered by walking up a ramp with a slight incline and proceeding across the railroad tracks with 3-4 inch gaps in the concrete underfoot for the rails; wheelchair accessibility is possible but caution is encouraged.
Pet Friendly Notes
Pets are very welcome to enjoy Riverfront Park! Please clean up after your leashed pets.