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Mississippi River Greenbelt Park

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Summer B
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Site Description and Habitats

The site is a typical urban park that is located adjacent to the Mississippi River. It consists mostly of open lawn areas with scattered trees. Good views of Mississippi River mainstem habitats can be seen from the park. An excellent articulated concrete revetment boat ramp providing access into the Mississippi River is present.

Bird species of interest

Spring and Fall Migration: Warbling Vireo and Baltimore Oriole nest in the large cottonwoods along the river bank. Gulls, terns, shorebirds, and just about anything can turn up on the Mississippi River here.

Summer: Warbling Vireo and Baltimore Oriole nest in the tall cottonwoods along the trail. Least terns nest on the river and may be seen from mid-May through August.

Winter: Waterfowl are often seen floating down the river. Look for scoters, ruddy ducks, and maybe a Long-tailed Duck. Peregrine Falcons may make a pass at any time of the year, but August-October is peak time.


Rarities Seen at this Site: Rarities are often seen on the sand bar across the river: Royal Tern, Piping Plover, and all 3 scoters.

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Detailed directions for birding Mississippi River Greenbelt Park

From downtown Memphis, take Auction Avenue north of the Pyramid west across to Mud Island. At the Mud Island traffic circle, go north along Island Drive to the site. The park has a paved trail along the bluff line, providing access to the river and scanning areas from countless spots. When the river is low, the Loosahatchie Bar (sand bar) is exposed, so bring your scope and look for shorebirds, gulls and terns in late summer and for goodies after strong storms. In fall and winter, scan the river for flocks of ducks and maybe scoters floating down stream, and for Peregrine Falcons giving chase!

Lat-Long (GPS) coordinates
Parking area: 35.1789, -90.0563

Fees and Hours
Park is open year round, 6 am to midnight and there are no fees associated with use.

There are restroom facilities.

Memphis Riverfront Development Corporation
22 North Front Street, Suite 960, Memphis, TN 38103
901-312-9190; 901-312-9189
Mississippi Riverfront Park

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Tennessee’s Watchable Wildlife web site