Great River Passage News


Your Summer on the River

School is out, and summer is here! Saint Paul Parks and Recreation, along with dozens of partner organizations, provide the public with free and low-cost programs every summer. Explore the Great River Passage events calendar to plan your summer at the river. Find activities for all ages and interests, from canoe trips to cruises to movies in the parks.

Movies in the Parks Series

Other notable river events

Photographers explore the Mississippi

Our three local photographers in residence have been busy over the past month capturing the true nature of the Mississippi River. See their compelling views, like the one below by Erin D. Carter, in our digital gallery.

For the rest of the year these photographers' growing image library will be added to our website and will culminate in a published project at the end of the year. Stay tuned for more photos of the riverfront!

Photo by Great River Passage photography resident Erin D. Carter

Last month's #STPriver photo contest winner

Photo by Julie Wearn (@Julie2075)

@Julie2075 is our first winner for snapping this stunning photo of the Mississippi River. Congratulations!

We will pick a winner each month, so make sure to join in. To enter, post pictures of the Mississippi River in Saint Paul to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using the hashtag #STPriver. Participants must also follow the Great River Passage on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Winning photos will be selected on a monthly basis for capturing the river in one of the four categories below:

  • The natural river (wildlife, landscapes)
  • The working river (industry, barges, boats, public works)
  • The urban river (city, architecture, infrastructure)
  • The people’s river (recreation, activities, events)

Visit the Great River Passage website for more information.


Goat tracker

The goats stationed in Indian Mounds Regional Park are now grazing on unwanted vegetation, like buckthorn and garlic mustard, on the eastern side of the park. They will be working on this location until the end of July. If you’d like to visit them, early evening, when they tend to come to the trail edge for rest and water, is the best time. Learn more about how the goats are maintaining Saint Paul's natural habitat.

About the Great River Passage

In 2013 the City of Saint Paul developed the Great River Passage Plan, a comprehensive framework for creating vibrancy in the city’s 3,500 acres of parkland along the river. The Saint Paul Parks and Recreation Department is now implementing the next phase of the Great River Passage – a bold, strategic vision to steward and tap into the potential of the 26 miles of riverfront in Saint Paul. By implementing the plan, the city will create places and activities that strengthen existing connections and create new ones along the Mississippi. Learn more at