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The Mississippi is the great nuturer of life, from water creatures to shoreland mammals, reptiles, birds and, yes, humans, who rely on her for daily drinking water too.  A daytrip is a rewarding and economical way to get out and touch the river and her abundant well of life.  Here is a selection of ideas for you to check out:

Minnesota State Parks - Located in all Great River Road Regions
Chippewa National Forest - Mississippi Northwoods Region
Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge - Scenic Mississippi Region
Mississippi River National Park (Mississippi Nat'l. River & Recreation Area) - Metro Mississippi Region
Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge  - Mississippi Bluffs Region

Other resources

  • Check out the MN Department of Natural Resources publication “Traveler’s Guide to Wildlife in Minnesota,” which offers tips, maps and information on areas to encounter some of Minnesota’s most sought after wildlife such as peregrine falcons, moose, bears, and bald eagles. The collective knowledge of the state’s top wildlife biologists featured in the book help people see and enjoy the best of Minnesota’s rich wildlife heritage.  The book is available at and all major booksellers. It is also available by calling 1-800-657-3757.

  • Audubon Society's Great River Birding Trail

  • Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union (Birding)

  • REI offers resources, advice, organized activities and gear for outdoor adventure of all kind.

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