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Drive the Great River Road Month is an open invitation to plan a fun and memorable trip along the nearly 3,000 mile National Scenic Byway that runs through 10 Mississippi River states, from Minnesota to Louisiana.

Governor Dayton has proclaimed September Drive the Great River Road Month in Minnesota.  

As you plan your next adventure, think beyond the traditional fall color trip and consider using the Mississippi River as your guide.  By following the Great River Road, the network of roadways and trails that abut the Mississippi River, you not only get to some of the state's out-of-the-way places, you gain a perspective on Minnesota's role in the development of the nation.  Watch for details this month on "10 Glimpses of America via the Minnesota Great River Road."  Check this site for featured locations each week, follow us on Facebook, and share your stories and photos on social media using #MNGRR. Join in the magic that is the mighty Mississippi River!

MN Drive the Great River Road Month – Featured Glimpses of America –

Federal Dam (Cass County): Did you know that as early as 1866, the Army Corps of Engineers was trying to manage the flow of the Mississippi River to protect shipping and milling interests in Minneapolis and St. Paul? Routinely faced with diminishing flow in the river after July, the millers at St. Anthony Falls and navigation interests turned to Congress and the Corps to build the Headwaters Reservoirs. Federal Dam, just off the Great River Road and beside Lake Winnibigoshish, gets its name from this mammoth engineering feat shortly after the civil war.

National Eagle Center (Wabasha, Wabasha County): If you’re a birder or just an admirer of America’s emblematic bird, this Great River Road Interpretive Center is the place for all-things-eagle. Great naturalist explanations and eagle learning programs with an eye to the role of the Mississippi River Valley Flyway.  Live eagle programs offered daily at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.  And Wabasha celebrates Sept-Ober Fest September 9 – October 23!

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2016 is the Year of Birding along the Mississippi River

The Mississippi River Connections Collaborative is a network of local, state and federal refuge, park and trail managers, alongside non-profit organizations that are committed to connecting people to the Mississippi River. Promotion and events in 2016 focus on birding, perfect for the Mississippi flyway! For information on events as well as birding resources, visit

Looking for more ideas? Minnesota's National Great River Road Interpretive Centers have been specially designated for their remarkable presentation of Mississippi River stories. Here's a list - visit one, or several as part of your Mississippi River adventure...

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News & Events

Applefest - La Crescent, September 15 - 18 (9/9/16)
Little Falls Arts & Crafts Fair, September 10 - 11 (9/9/16)
Cuyuna Crusher Mountain Bike Event - Crosby Area, August 26 -28 (8/22/16)
River City Days - Red Wing, August 5 - 7 (8/3/16)
Tall Timber Days - Grand Rapids, August 5 - 7 (8/3/16)
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Opening Music: "Take A Look" by Charlie McGuire. Used, gratefully, with permission by the National Park Service National Mississippi River & Recreation Area. Click here to listen to "Take a Look" in its entirety and to hear other great river tunes.
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