|Address:||10360 W River Rd, Brooklyn Park, MN 55444, USA|
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I Have Been Coming To The Coon Rapids Dam Since I Was A 9yo Boy In 1965. Northern States Power Company (N.S.P.) Was In Its Last Year Of Producing Electrical Power From The Water-Powered Dam. At That Time, It Was Private Property (N.S.P.), And There Was Not A Public Accessible Walkway Over The Mississippi River, Nor Was The Public Allowed On The Inner Area Grounds. I Recall One Time, About June 1966, a N.S.P. Employee Let Us 3 Boys Inside The Main Building To Get A Drink Of Water From The Drinking Fountain. Us Boys Could Hear The Massive-Size Turbines Turning From The Force Of The Mississippi River Water Below Us. I Have Old Pictures, From 1966, Of The Original Building Over The North Portion Of The Dam (Coon Rapids/Anoka county side). In The Early 1990s, I Personally Donated These Old Photographs, To The Female Manager At The Time, Of The Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park, For The Purpose Of Public Education, And Enjoyment By Others Of The Old, 40-Year-Old Photographs Of Historic Value. ---Richard "Rick" Johnson (Dec. 24th, 2016)
What a great park system. Dont forget to check out the trails after you walk the dam. Natural hiking / running trails along with paved biking trails. Hiking trails are from 2-5 miles depending if you do all the loops inside the park. Trash cans are throughout the park trails, please do your part, it seemed to be difficult for some. Once inside the park forest there are bridges that allow you to cross over the small streams. A very solitude and peaceful forest. Good amount of wildlife through out the park that include reptiles, birds, deer, and beaver. The trails could get muddy if you go during or after a rain but that could be fun too! Take a picture of the parks map at the parking lot as they are a bit scarce once on the trail. Lastly, dont forget to run into the visitors center where you can take in a bit of local wildlife knowledge and see some reptiles! They also seem to do kids activities and group events too. Free parking on this side of the river too.
Ive been out to this park dozens of times over the past 38 years or so. This park is best known for the Dam of course. But there are a lot of activities happening in it which you or your family can participate. Ive discovered this park to be a wonderful part of our community here in Brooklyn Park where I currently reside. I definitely enjoy coming out to this park even if it is modest in size compared to some of the other larger regional parks in the metro.
Nice set of trails with great views of the Mississippi River. Lots of Munzees, Pokéstops and Ingress portals for the gamers. Picnic facilities that can accommodate large groups (requires reservation), boat launch above the dam, visitor center and more. $5 at the gate (no charge during the off-season), fee waived if your vehicle has an annual county park sticker.
Distance is a bit short but great for beginner solo runners. Its popular so there will be like a lot of ppl. I got lucky because everyone left right when I arrived since it started raining hard. Lol... I dont like places that has a lot of ppl so I just thought I should mention. #TrailsForDummies #SceneryIsAHMAZING
Large and busy park, but you cant find any restrooms unless the visitor centers are open. A lot of people fishing and walking. Saw several bikers. Felt safe and friendly. The park was clean. Good place to go walking with the family. Narrow walk paths and trails.
Beautiful setting and shelter was well accommodating for our family reunion with electric hookups. Will definitely use them again. We were next to the playground close to the restrooms in Pavilion 2. Incredibly low rate for the entire day sunup to sundown.
Nice park with many trails. Also, the locals were telling me the fishing is good, too. Walleye and catfish. Theres a visitor center that provides maps for hiking and also good information on the best reported fishing spots. I enjoyed my visit there.
Great walkway over the Dam to bike to Elm Creek, Downtown Osseo, Maple Grove. I havent done it yet but this does connect to the Medicine Lake Trail. Future expansion is proposed to Crow Hansen Park.
Lots of trails to explore. Plenty of pavilions for outdoor events. The dam is now accessible. Parking is $5 for a day pass and $25 for an annual sticker. You can also walk in for free.
Dam was great to see. Trails are not that long but good to take the dog for a walk and even for a swim. Only one restroom which was far off and hidden. Port potties are not great.
Big, loud, brown. Smells like you might expect in the summer. Good trails for biking and walking. Only bathrooms appeared to be portable facilities. Pleasant!
A Private User
Running, biking, fishing, playgrounds, volleyball, live music...you can find it all at the dam! Visitor center usually has activities and classes going on.
Good for walking the dog, fishing or bike riding. Park on the west side for free parking otherwise the east side that has the visitor center costs per car.
Excellent place to go for a walk or spend good weather outside. I bring the dog with everytime and she love walking here. A lot of trails to explore!
Beautiful scenery little bit of everything for all ages they do have a parking fee if you dont mind a little walk park on the street.
Very enjoyable park to visit. There is plenty of biking along the paths, and the dam is interesting. Good place for a picnic.
Great place - Very nice trails. Just a note the Dam is closed from April 2013 to September 2013 so you cant cross over it.
Really well kept park area and facility. Have staffed help on weekends. Nice spot to cross the Mississippi River.
I always love biking over the top and a good shortcut to get across the river always an amazing sight.
A nice area to walk around a lake. The porta pottys could use be cleaned a little more frequently.
Great scenic view for an evening/ morning walk. You can feel the mist hit you as you cross the dam.
Well maintained park with nice trails and facilities. Recent improvements to portions of the park.
Great place to go for an easy or slightly more challenging hike, with lots of beautiful scenery.
I love taking my dog here for walks. Its also a great place for family get togethers.
Great place for a bike ride or a walk with the family. Good spot for geocaching too!
Dana R. Thomas
Great place with lots of kids. Walking paths. Exploring places. Fishing. Swimming.
Awesome place to walk and bike. The trails seem to be pretty well maintained.
Beautiful.place to visit. Lots of trails to walk and great pavillion areas.
Great groomed trails. Very clean. On-street parking or $5 inside the park.
Its a great place to take a walk along and over the Mississippi River.
Srinivasa Rao Pandiri
Good trails, visitor center, biking place, nature view, picnic place
Manuel Navarro Lux
This park was n unexpected surprise. A must if you like to explore.
10000 acre of fresh air.. Cool biking trail..5 star for fishing ..
Beautiful and a great place to spend time. Not to packed either.
The best place to take my little man to spend daddy son time.
Nice place for a walk, especially if its not far from home.
Cool park ... great for outdoor activities and fishing