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Address: , Lake Itasca, MN
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Activities: Canoeing
Description: 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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Headwaters

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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 9, 2015
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Clinton, Iowa
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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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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 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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Oak Ridge, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 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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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
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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Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
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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WI
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

We spent a day here while visiting family in Minnesota. Everyone enjoyed it; there was a lot for them to do. Our whole family enjoyed the pontoon boat rental. The kids enjoyed fishing, kayaking and crossing the mouth the river. We will visit here again.

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MN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

This wasn't my first visit and I'm sure it won't be my last. Although my family and I have visited Lake Itasca and the start of the Mississippi River a few times over the past 10 years, anytime we are close enough to visit, I like to go. There is just something so fun and special about seeing the start... More 

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SIOUX FALLS
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 via mobile

We will come back on the fall! The lake and the forest makes this trip a place to see in every season!

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San Diego, California, United States
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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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