Great River Passage Sites and Routes: Self-Guided Tour of Three Capital Projects

At the center of our work are our three capital projects: the River Learning Center, the River Balcony and the East Side River District. These projects will create three centers of river-oriented activity that will provide diverse, authentic landscapes and experiences.

We’ve put together self-guided tours to guide you through each site.* These tours will help you visualize how the capital projects will transform our riverfront and support our mission to connect Saint Paul’s two greatest assets, its people and river, as we build the river capital.

Click HERE to download these self-guided tours and visit the river today.

*Please note that due to COVID-19, several of the public access points to the East Side River District are closed. We will update the map and tour as the situation changes.

River Learning Center/National Park Service MNRRA Headquarters

Experience the land + water + culture of the Mississippi River

The gateway to the Mississippi River, welcoming residents and visitors to this national feature with four-season programming that honors, promotes stewardship, and teaches the culture, history and ecology of the river.

A. Hidden Falls Regional Park
B. Historic Fort Snelling
C. Watergate Marina
D. Crosby Farm Regional Park
E. Pike Island; Witatanka
F. Bdote and Dakota significant sites throughout

  • Year-round indoor/outdoor classroom and event space
  • Year-round hands on programming that teaches the culture, history, and ecology of the river
  • Safe water access
  • World class, forward-thinking architecture and landscape design
  • Café

River Balcony

Reimagining Saint Paul’s unique perspective of the river

A 1.5-mile promenade that extends along Downtown Saint Paul’s signature Mississippi River Blu and down to the river. The Balcony transforms urban infrastructure into public space that connects parks, civic landmark.

A. Xcel Energy Center
B. RiverCentre
C. Science Museum of Minnesota
D. Planned RiverCentre development
E. Public Library
F. District Energy
G. City Hall
H. Planned RiversEdge development
I. Kellogg Mall Park
J. Union Depot
K. Planned Viking River Cruise landing

  • A regional destination that is a convergence of experiences
  • World class signature, forward thinking landscape and urban design celebrating the river and bluff
  • Connecting the landmarks and institutions along Kellogg Blvd. to one another and the river
  • Stair and ramp access to the river
  • Year-round programing, events and installations

East Side River District

Reveal, Heal, Connect, Protect a complex river landscape

A dynamic landscape where historically incompatible uses, such as industry, infrastructure, wildlife, and culture, can comfortably coexist.

A. Wakan Tipi
B. Fish Hatchery Trail
C. DNR Regional Headquarters (Willowbrook)
D. Barge Terminal 1
E. Fish Hatchery + Pig’s Eye Dumps
F. Pig’s Eye Islands
G. Pig’s Eye Heron Rookery Scientific and Natural Area
H. Red Rock Terminal
I. Pig’s Eye Regional Park
J. Waste Water Treatment Facility

  • Revealing the complex systems and stories of the area
  • Healing an environmentally compromised landscape
  • Connecting to and throughout the area on year-round, safe and accessible roads and trail systems
  • Protecting sacred and significant Dakota sites