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Mississippi Headwaters

Itasca State Park, Lake Itasca, MN
+1 218-699-7251
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Starts so small to end so large!

Being from Louisiana, I know what the Mississippi River looks like when it flows into the Gulf of... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Sanford, North Carolina
See the humble beginning of the Great Mississippi

This is a wonderful spot in Lake Itasca State Park where the Mississippi River begins. You can... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Liberty, SC
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Itasca State Park, Lake Itasca, MN
+1 218-699-7251
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Being from Louisiana, I know what the Mississippi River looks like when it flows into the Gulf of Mexico. So I was truly amazed that the Mighty Mississippi starts as such a small shallow creek. Rocks are lined up across the beginning so you can...More

Thank nephnurse
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a wonderful spot in Lake Itasca State Park where the Mississippi River begins. You can walk across the headwaters here. I did not do it because the rocks look slippery but many younger people were taking off their shoes and hiking across.

Thank PenelopeJ186
Reviewed 5 weeks 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

1  Thank dagknutsenoy
Reviewed 20 May 2017

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 24 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 22 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 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 .
Reviewed 28 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 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
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What entrance is the best to use to get to the headwaters? Or does it not matter?
15 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?
20 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