Greenway: Mississippi River Greenway - 5.09: Mighty Mississippi Cleanup Challenge - Dakota County


General Description

A little competition never hurts. It's challenge time again and we are seeking to defend our title as challenge champs in 2024. Join us as we aim to win another year as the largest, most impactful event on the river (though everyone wins in the end so its all good).


The Mississippi River is an impressive and historic waterway in Minnesota that runs for 2,340 miles to the Gulf of Mexico. The river is an important waterway through our county that unfortunately picks up a lot of trash along the way. Pollution not only hurts the environment but can be also be detrimental to local health of both humans and animals and the economy. What we do here in Minnesota directly impacts the remaining 1,700 miles of river.


We will be cleaning up the shoreline, greenway, and walking trails near the Wakota Bridge Trailhead in South St. Paul. Enjoy the event by the banks of the mighty river and help maintain one of our most beautiful MN treasures.  All supplies and training will be provided by county staff.


Help us notch another year of victory in this fun and inspiring challenge. For more information about the challenge, check out the website at or check out this fun video about why we are choosing this challenge -



Mississippi River Greenway - Wakota Bridge Trailhead

682 Verderosa Avenue

South St. Paul, MN 55075

(Map and Driving Directions)



Date: Thursday, May 09

Time: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.


Duties & Responsibilities

  • Help pick up garbage and other debris from the riverfront, roadside, parking areas, and trail system.
  • Weather permitting - spring in MN is always a toss up!
  • More details will go out as we get closer to the actual event date.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Open to all ages, corporate groups, families, etc.
  • Supplies and training will be provided.
  • If you would like to volunteer as a group (families not included), please contact our Volunteer Coordinator before registering.

Minimum Time Commitment

1.5 hours


Activity Level

Medium - May involve varying amounts of activity (long walks, rough terrain, and moderate physical exertion. May not be recommended for volunteers with physical limitations. Comfortable, sturdy shoes recommended.


Contact Information

Garrett Zaffke | Community Relations and Volunteer Services Coordinator

Dakota County Communications

1590 Highway 55| Hastings, MN 55033

Direct: (651) 438-4635 | Fax: (651) 438-4405 | Email:



Qualifications Required

  • Accepted Data Privacy Notice - Tennessen Notice Must be Yes
  • Signed Volunteer Waiver Must be at least Yes