At Lake Itasca, the Mississippi River begins its 2,350-mile journey to the Gulf of Mexico. This segment is part of the Mississippi Headwaters River Trail, which consists of the first 420 miles of the river. From Lake Itasca to Cass Lake, the river is surrounded by wilderness and has no dangerous rapids, making it excellent for the beginning paddler. About rapids classes. Tell me more about this river's landscape, wildlife, and history.
Mississippi River Water Trail sections and maps:
Cass and Itasca Counties, north central Minnesota
Contact DNR Parks and Trails Northeast Regional Office: (218) 328-8980.