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Mississippi Headwaters

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Address: Itasca State Park, Lake Itasca, MN
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+1 218-699-7251

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The headwaters have a place where you can walk across the Mississippi River on foot (take water shoes or easy to put on and off shoes) or you can cross across a log bridge. Not a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Terri M
Blue Springs
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Drammen, Norway
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

In november 2014 I visited the Mississippi delta South of New Orleans. There and then I decided I also wanted to see where this water comes from. When I got to Itasca State Park two years later, I was overwhelmed. What starts as a tiny creek out of Lake Itasca grows to be one of the worlds most majestic waterways... More 

Thank dagknutsenoy
Blue Springs
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The headwaters have a place where you can walk across the Mississippi River on foot (take water shoes or easy to put on and off shoes) or you can cross across a log bridge. Not a very long hike and lots of info there.

Thank Terri M
Lake Elmo, Minnesota
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This iconic spot is a must see. Wade across shallow water. We visited in April and there were only a few people here.

Thank OneAddictedTraveler
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Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

Visited in Mid-August with my husband. Busy place, with plenty of people and a very cute but shirt boardwalk area.

Thank CassandraSz
Yuba City, California
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Reviewed 21 November 2016

My family had a great time here. The beauty was beyond worth the drive. We explored, trails, fell into the waters, skipped rocks and had a phenomenal day.

Thank Kyrizialcah
Erie, Colorado
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Reviewed 18 October 2016

Go visitor center first, crowd will leave headwaters later in day. Bring your swimsuits and definitely rent bikes to tour the park!

Thank wolverville .
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Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

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.

Thank Susan S
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Reviewed 20 September 2016 via mobile

Great visitor center and information on the lake and the beginning of the mighty Mississippi! You can walk across it!

Thank Rachel C
Coshocton, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 September 2016

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 trip around school field trips if you can. We got caught in between two of them and they were loud. I would hate to see this... More 

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Houston, Texas
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31 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviewed 7 September 2016

Worth the trip. Having the chance to walk across the Midsissippi River is awesome. You can wade in and cross or you can cross over the rocks to stay dry. Trails are very nice as well.

Thank JBAcosta

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