Pike Island, Mississippi River

Location: St. Paul, at Ft. Snelling State Park where the Minnesota and Mississippi River meet.

Species: Bluegill, Crappie, Catfish, Northern Pike, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, White Bass, Walleye, Sauger, Drum (Sheepshead), Carp, and many others

Wheelchair access: Poor. There's a dirt trail along river and steep banks down to the water.

MTC bus: None

Park entrance fee: Yes, if by car.

Restrooms: Yes

Parking: Yes

Picnic: Yes

Playground: No

Other activities:

Agency: Ft. Snelling State Park (Minnesota DNR), 612-279-3550

Fishing pier: No

Comments: Good early-season walleye fishing. The fish move upstream to spawn below Ford Dam. Try fishing where the channel north of Pike Island meets the Mississippi River. In mid-summer, the fishing is good for carp, drum, catfish, and Smallmouth Bass. Note: Read the Fish Consumption Advisory.

Back to top