For most of us, thoughts of the Mississippi river bring up images
of multiple barges linked together in front of a large tug boat
chugging along at slow speeds. The boats wind back and forth
seeking out the main channel, trying to avoid huge sand bars. Often
muddy, often between 1/2 and 1 mile in width, it is indeed the
A visit to the headwaters of this great river adds another image,
that of a 20 to 30 foot wide stream that is only a foot or two deep.
Originating in Lake Itaska in Minnesota’s Itaska State Park, the
actual headwaters is just a short walk from the visitors center for
Wading across, then wading downstream to a bridge that
crosses the path to the headwaters is encouraged and recommended. It
makes for a cool and refreshing experience to your adventure.