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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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Gorgeous, Interesting, and Disorganized

This park contains gorgeous old growth pines (300+ years old), as well as newer areas with all the native plants you'd expect . . . wildflowers, berry shrubs, conifers and oaks... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
SunnyStPaulMN
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St Paul MN
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St Paul MN
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16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This park contains gorgeous old growth pines (300+ years old), as well as newer areas with all the native plants you'd expect . . . wildflowers, berry shrubs, conifers and oaks. The lakes range from charming pothole lakes, to the iconic Lake Itasca where you really can wade (or play, or splash, or soak) in the headwaters of the Mighty... More 

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Virginia USA
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70 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

Really nice place to visit. To think the " 'Ol' Man" is born right here. Pretty amazing to think about that. Nice walk down to the headwaters. Lovely to see the kids in the water, especially along the wooden walkway. Very pleasant place. We didn't stay long, we had to move on, but so glad we took the time to... More 

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Duluth, Minnesota
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101 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

Traveling around Lake Itasca via the excursion boat run by the Coborn Family - it was a beautiful, relaxing and peaceful trip.

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Thank BobandMunda
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34 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
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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Thank Kelly B
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9 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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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105 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 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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55 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 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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4 reviews
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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659 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 733 helpful votes
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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Oak Ridge, Tennessee
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111 reviews
56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 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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