Great River Passage News


Autumn events along the river

Wilderness Inquiry

Upcoming events such as Wilderness Inquiry Great River Race allow participants to paddle together for a meaningful purpose.

The hot days of summer may have passed, but there’s still lots of fun to be had outdoors. Here’s a look at some great events coming up on the Mississippi riverfront:

Great River Race – September 16

Paddle with a group down a beautiful stretch of the Mississippi in 24-foot Voyageur canoes led by experts at Wilderness Inquiry. Funds raised will benefit the outdoor education program, Canoemobile Minnesota.

National Public Lands Day – September 30

Celebrate our parks and the Mississippi by bringing family and friends to Hidden Falls National Park for free outdoor activities like fishing, climbing, archery, and more. 

BareBones Halloween – October 21, 22, 27, 28 and 31

Experience larger-than-life puppetry, drama, dance, stilting, fire, and music in honor of fall and the Halloween season. An annual tradition for more than 20 years, this show is appropriate for all ages.

Visit our upcoming events page for more outing ideas this fall. 

Great River Passage on WCCO at the Fair

WCCO at the Fair

Kathleen Boe of Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership and Angie Tillges of Great River Passage.

The Mississippi River took center stage at this year’s Great Minnesota Get-Together! Great River Passage fellow Angie Tillges was featured on WCCO radio live with Roshini Rajkumar on Sunday, September 3. Listen to the segment here by scrolling ahead to 21:30.

Our #STPriver August winner


Photo by Instagrammer @explorationvacation.

Congratulations to @explorationvacation! Their beautiful photo of the riverfront was selected as the winner of last month’s social media photo contest.

We select a contest winner each month, so make sure to join in. To enter, post your best pictures of the Mississippi River in Saint Paul on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using the hashtag #STPriver. Participants must also follow the Great River Passage on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Visit the Great River Passage website for more information.

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