Bike with a Ranger in Hastings is meant to be an easy-breezy family ride, appropriate for all ages. The total ride length is less than 3 miles.
The ride begins at Levee Park, which opened in 2016 as part of the "Riverfront Renaissance" that showcases a pavilion overlooking the Mississippi River. This ride is also on the Mississippi River Trail, which ultimately follows the river roughly 600 miles from its source at Itasca State Park to the Iowa border.
From there, you will venture to the Lock and Dam #2 overlook, where you can see the working river in action. Lock and Dam #2 is part of the larger 29-lock system on the Mississippi River managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to maintain a 9-foot navigation system. Finally, we will loop back along Lake Rebecca, where you can see bald eagles, pelicans, and great blue herons!
This is a free event and open to the public. Meet at Levee Park in Hastings at 5:45pm. When you arrive at the park with your bike, look for the National Park Service Ranger who will be in uniform with a bike.
This is a partnership event with the City of Hastings Park and Recreation Department. Please contact the Mississippi River Visitor Center with any questions or concerns on the day of the event: 651-293-0200