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Mississippi Headwaters

Itasca State Park, Lake Itasca, MN
+1 218-699-7251
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Where it all begins....

In november 2014 I visited the Mississippi delta South of New Orleans. There and then I decided I... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Drammen, Norway
Worth the visit

The headwaters have a place where you can walk across the Mississippi River on foot (take water... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Itasca State Park, Lake Itasca, MN
+1 218-699-7251
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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...More

Thank dagknutsenoy
Reviewed 1 week ago

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
Reviewed 23 April 2017

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
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
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
Reviewed 17 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 .
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
Reviewed 19 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
Reviewed 19 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...More

Thank RetiredOhioTravelers
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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What entrance is the best to use to get to the headwaters? Or does it not matter?
14 September 2016|
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Response from NorthDakotaMexico | Reviewed this property |
Agree will others, it doesn't matter. Park isn't that large & there are signs stating where to go depending on what you would like to see.
having grown up on the Miss River, this has long been on my bucket list. What else can we put with this if we came up from Mississippi?
19 April 2015|
Response from Virginia M | Reviewed this property |
I would head up I-55 and hit the sites of Memphis (Graceland, National Civil Rights Museum, Gibson Guitar Factory, Rock & Soul Museum, bbq & music of Beale St., etc.), St. Louis (go up the arch, baseball game at Busch... More