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Mississippi Headwaters

Itasca State Park, Lake Itasca, MN
+1 218-699-7251
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If you live anywhere near the Mississippi, this place is a must see. Great experience to see the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Mighty Mississippi

A great place to stop with kids. A couple of places to walk across the Mississippi River. Beautiful... read more

Reviewed 22 October 2017
Bismarck, North Dakota
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Itasca State Park, Lake Itasca, MN
+1 218-699-7251
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you live anywhere near the Mississippi, this place is a must see. Great experience to see the small, babbling beginnings of the Mighty Mississippi!

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Reviewed 22 October 2017 via mobile

A great place to stop with kids. A couple of places to walk across the Mississippi River. Beautiful scenery especially in fall with the leaves changing colors. Lots of hiking trails, very bike friendly. Cafe is closed after summer season so we ate in Park...More

Thank Mounshadou
Reviewed 18 October 2017

Haven't been here for over 50 years when I was a child. It is still the same. Loved the grounds and the visitor center as well. All of the employees were very kind and courteous. There were alot of foreign visitors who seemed very excited...More

Reviewed 2 October 2017 via mobile

What a beautiful site in the fall of the year. Amazing the see where the Mississippi River starts as it flows 2600 miles to the Gulf of Mexico.

Thank Tayadog1
Reviewed 25 September 2017

It was my first time at the Mississippi Headwaters and was glad to go there! Very pretty place to visit.

Thank Joyce S
Reviewed 23 September 2017

We enjoyed this stop and the short walk from the parking lot. This is a busy attraction and we enjoyed visiting with several families that were exploring the headwaters for the first time. The walk was easy for my husband who has some difficulty walking...More

Thank Meander2
Reviewed 12 September 2017

Such a great place to visit! Lots of people so beware if you are trying to take pictures but it is fun to walk across the Mississippi! Walked by the visitors center but didn't go inside due to having a dog with and not being...More

Thank MrsRosenow
Reviewed 11 September 2017

The outflow of the lake become the Mississippi which initially flows north to Bemidji before turning south. It is a great place for pictures with great information about the river and its journey to the Gulf of Mexico.

Thank Hud B
Reviewed 26 August 2017

This is located in a beautiful area of Minnesota. It is a amazing to see how a little stream begins in a break in a lake and know that it wends its way into the Mighty Mississippi River! There are a lot of families there...More

Thank travelinpretzel
Reviewed 24 August 2017 via mobile

We stopped in and we're happy we did. Very interesting and educational. The history of the Mississippi River right in front of you. Nice gift shop. The water was fun to walk in, they are considering not allowing people to get in the river, let's...More

Thank infinitechris
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30 June 2017|
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Response from dagknutsenoy | Reviewed this property |
I am afraid I don´t know. I traveled there from Wisconsin by car and drove to Fargo, North Dakota, after having seen the headwaters.
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.
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