Lock & Dam No. 1


Location: 5000 West River Parkway
The 30-foot damn was completed in 1917 and provides water depths necessary to maintain a 9 and 1/2 foot channel from St. Paul to Minneapolis. It is located at mile 848 of the Mississippi River and is one of 29 locks and dams that provide a water “stairway” from Minneapolis to the Gulf of Mexico. The dam is currently operated by Brookfield Power Company.

Photo: Ashley Yellick

Where did all the oak trees go?

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Location: 36th St. and West River Pkwy

This spot at the top of Giggling Hills was filled with oak saplings just a few weeks ago.
Park management must be thinning it out so the mature trees can thrive. A great place to go for a walk in the neighborhood that over looks the Mississippi River.

Photo: Trica Leland

Being Good Stewards

Location: West River Parkway and East 42nd Street

We had the opportunity to meet these amazing young men. Paul and Michael started their most recent canoe trip in Bemidji. They portaged around Saint Anthony Falls and we found them after they navigated their canoes and belongings out of the Mississippi, up the steep gorge.

They told us that they were on day 26 of this journey. Along the way, they’ve been removing trash from the river. Other projects they’ve been involved with have included traveling across the country cleaning up areas, such as the Appalachian Trail. They originally planned on just the Minnesota portion, but currently considering doing the entire length of the River. Please visit their Adventure Stewardship Alliance Facebook page, their instagram page @adventurestewardship, and their website https://adventurestewardship.org/. Thank you Michael and Paul for sharing your story. Safe travels to you.

Photo: Carri Musil