Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park

Becoming Mississippi Gateway Regional Park

The Mississippi River defines the east boundary of this unique park where there are many opportunities to see our nation’s greatest river up close. In addition to being a popular fishing and picnicking destination, the west Visitor Center provides interpretive programs and displays of the area’s natural history. There is spectacular scenery and abundant wildlife viewing from the 12-foot-wide walkway across the dam, more than two miles of trails in the park, and miles of adjoining regional trail. The park is operated by Three Rivers Park District. The Paddle Share Station is located to the east of the parking north of the visitor center.

  • Kayak Return/Take-out location: North Mississippi Regional Park
  • Distance to North Mississippi Regional Park: 7.5 miles
  • Approximate paddle time: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Bike share is not available at this location. Please use transit, ride share, or a private vehicle to make arrangements to get back to where you started your trip.

Parking lot construction is underway!
Use caution in construction zones and plan for your visit accordingly.


Be aware of river obstructions, such as overhanging and fallen trees.

  • Days available: Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays (May 25 - September 29) and Fridays (June 14 - August 30)
  • Reservation windows: 10:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. and 3:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M.
  • Kayaks available: 12 solo and 4 tandem
  • Cost: $25 solo kayak and $40 tandem kayak
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Thank You Paddle Share Partners!

Plans are to expand the Paddle Share system over the next few years throughout the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area.

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