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Mississippi Headwaters, Lake Itasca

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4.8/5 based on 140+ reviews on the web
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  • The headwaters are a must see! We felt it had been dug out to be larger since visiting as kids. Many large rocks to cross the start of the river. Beautiful wetlands. 
  • Great visitor center and information on the lake and the beginning of the mighty Mississippi! You can walk across it! 
  • It's just water going down a little stream from a lake, but just think about it........this is the start of something grand......the Mississippi. Could be a nice quite spot to relax, but plan your tri...  read more »
  • So fun to be able to walk across the entire mighty Mississippi. You may consider explaining to international and other long-distance guests that the Mississippi at its widest point is at least the size of Lake Itasca, so that the magic of the moment is not lost on them. Nice squashed penny machine by the gift shop.
  • Everything here was very clean, which is a great compliment to the surrounding nature. The roads, paths, and bridges seem well maintained. I love that we were able to wade in the stream, and was my favorite part of our one week family vacation in Minnesota. One of the employees along the path had a bunch of information about local mushrooms and she was happy to answer all of my questions. The gift shop/ cafe was spectacular. There was some information about the building along one of the paths that told about how eco-friendly it is and the importance of using local plants to reduce the need for irrigation, which is fantastic. I really liked all of the information around the entrance telling the history of the area. Prices in the gift shop were a little high, but I feel like the extra money is being spent wisely. Plus we got our first picture of our 3 month smiling. I guess she liked it too! 6/5 stars.
  • You almost can't call yourself a Minnesotan if you have not walked across the headwaters of the Mississippi. Do it barefoot. Pretty scenery, lots of trails, visitors center and cafe. Good road trip for the family.
  • This is a clean and well kept wilderness park site. On your way to the headwaters they have a set of steps next to the main path so you can walk across the Mississippi. The lake is comforting and as you wade into that water it is amazing to realize it ends at the Gulf of Mexico.
  • This is it the start of the Big Muddy ! You can walk across it with just a few steps! Hard to believe it goes all the way to New Orleans! Well I guess everything starts somewhere.
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