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Lake Itasca

Lake Itasca, MN
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Ranked #4 of 10 Attractions in Lake Itasca
Type: Bodies of Water, Outdoors
Activities: Canoeing
Owner description: Located at Itasca State Park, this is where the Mississippi River begins its passage to the Gulf of...
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Type: Bodies of Water, Outdoors
Activities: Canoeing
Owner description: Located at Itasca State Park, this is where the Mississippi River begins its passage to the Gulf of Mexico.
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San Diego, California, United States
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Its amazing that you can actually walk over Mississippi river !!! Lifetime experience for me and my family. Its just a very fun plays to be and experience it first hand. Origin of a mighty river that flows for thousands of miles.We went to side paths and dis some minor hiking, it was fun. Loved the whole experience. I'd visit... More 

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Lansing, Iowa
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

We had such a lovely time at Douglas Lodge Lake Itasca. The staff was very accommodating and the rooms were just lovely. My boys are 10 and 6 and they loved the vintage furniture, my oldest even commented on the way the Douglas Lodge smelled...there is a restaurant in the bottom level. It is like you're staying in a large... More 

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Iowa City, Iowa
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91 reviews 91 reviews
21 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

TAKE MOSQUITO SPRAY!!! Fee: $5 per car, put sticker on windshield This is probably one of the best known attractions in NW Minnesota. It's worth a drive there if you have the time. We drove from Iowa to stay at a lakeside cabin about 30 miles away from Itasca, and thought we'd check it out at the urging of a... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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49 reviews 49 reviews
19 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This area of Minnesota is a hike to get to but so worth the time and travel! Lake Itasca is my favorite state park in Minnesota. You will be amazed standing in the shallow head waters while little fish swim around your feet. Hard to believe it when you think about the roar of the mighty Mississippi at the other... More 

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Bank of the Brahmaputra
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44 reviews 44 reviews
10 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

It was thrilling to see the actual source of a mighty river. Made the mandatory crossing on foot...yes, now I can proudly say that I crossed the Mississippi on foot...Beautiful lake, well maintained walks and woods. The sacred spots had a sense of sanctity that was very moving.

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Hanover, Minnesota
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3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 via mobile

A good all around family fun place to explore and learn about the history of the Mississippi! This is the 2nd year in a row visiting this campground, plenty to do for the first time and good enough to do twice and still see something new. The kids loved playing at the headwaters, climbing the fire tower and seeing the... More 

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Zeeland, Michigan
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129 reviews 129 reviews
54 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Beautiful park, excellent facilities!!! Very nice paths to walk to where the mighty Mississippi starts it's journey to the Gulf!!! We also did the 10 mile, one way nature drive which was beautiful & climbed to the top of a 100 foot fire tower, which had amazing views!!!! The campground was very nice & quiet. We were lucky enough to... More 

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Rancho Santa Fe, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Lake Itasca State Park is incredible. I'm not even an "outdoorsy" person and I loved it. It is a gorgeous, large park with plenty of space to explore. Seeing the headwaters of the Mississippi is a thrill, and watching people slip and slide across it is comical. While there, the water was unusually high and swift so I was unable... More 

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NW Arkansas
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

Wonderful facilities and beautiful location. This would be a great place to spend more time. Our visit was brief but we did take advantage of the bike rentals and terrific riding path. Early September weather was terrific and not crowded.

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Dallas
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225 reviews 225 reviews
69 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

Good place to visit. I camped at the Itasca State Park. The headwaters of the Mississippi is here. A person can swim, boat (probably small boats), and fish here.

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