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Address: Lake Itasca, MN
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Located at Itasca State Park, this is where the Mississippi River begins...

Located at Itasca State Park, this is where the Mississippi River begins its passage to the Gulf of Mexico.

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Great trip to the headwaters!

This is an absolute must see in Minnesota. The park and lake are beautiful! I have only been there in the fall and winter and both times were nice. There are two visitor... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed November 17, 2015
Kelly B
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28 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

This is an absolute must see in Minnesota. The park and lake are beautiful! I have only been there in the fall and winter and both times were nice. There are two visitor centers that do an excellent job of explaining how the lake was named and illustrate clearly the path of the Mississippi River. There are trails, boats to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

Mississippi headwaters begin here.Its a nice place in the Itasca State Park. I visited this place in Fall and colors were amazing. Excellent trails for biking and hiking. Rentals are available easily in the park. Amazing place for family vacation.

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Thank Shridhar G
Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

This is a beautiful attraction in the beautiful state of Minnesota! I was able to stand where the Mississippi begins. Pretty cool. There are a few trails, a store where you can buy trinkets of Lake Itasca and a "museum" that explains the wildlife and the early days of the parks in the area. It was a pleasant drive on... More 

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Thank Fer13
North Dakota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

With that said, it is exactly what you would picture! A Minnesota lake should be surrounded with pines, maple and oak trees. There is a swimming area in the park and a marina to rent boats and canoes. I only gave it 4 stars because I do not like the look of weedy lakes.

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Thank Veinurse
Clinton, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Lake Itasca State Park is a beautiful area! Since we live on the Mississippi River, we think it's cool to be able to walk across the river at the headwaters.

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Thank Ross B
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

The review I mention in my title covers not just the Headwaters State Park, but also the Douglas Lodge, hotels in neighbouring cities like Be,idling, and the cruises offered on the Chester-Charles lake boat. Enjoy!

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Thank etweeden
Oak Ridge, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

This was hard to get to- lots of traffic and lots of road construction. It was a much appreciated, peaceful oasis when we finally arrived though. We didn't get to stay long but made the most of our time by staying on site at Douglas Lodge and visiting the headwaters. It just leaves more to see next time.

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Thank Lisa B
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

If you're in Minnesota, how can you not visit the headwaters of the Mississippi?!? It was lovely the day we were there. We tried to bike from the main visitor center to the headwaters with an 8, 6, and 5 year old. The 5.8 mile path is in great shape, but for the kids the length was a bit tough,... More 

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Glenwood, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

The lake that has formed at the beginning of the Mississippi River is gorgeous! It doesn't matter what time of day you visit or when you take the cruise - this lake doesn't disappoint!

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Thank Mary H
Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

The bike path is amazing, you can rent bikes (boat, kayak's, paddle boards), see the headwaters, eat at Douglas Lodge. Great camping at Bear Paw. Enjoy a cruise on the Chester Charles.

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