Itasca State Park is where  the headwaters of the Mississippi Rivei is located. The mighty Mississippi begins it’s 2552  flow from Lake Itasca 2,552 miles to the Gulf of Mexico.  

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We rode our bicycles from our campsite down to the headwaters of the Mississippi River where it leaves Lake Itasca and begins its 2,552 mile journey to the Gulf of Mexico.

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We walked downstream and back upstream for about .25 miles because the water was only 2-3 feet deep.  This is the first bridge that crosses the Mississippi!

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Lake Itasca

Itasca biking

The bicycle trails within the park were very nice.  The back gears on  Ben’s bike broke, but luckily, the person who rents bicycles at the park was able to install a gear for him.


Trip Statistics:

We have driven at Toal of 4,865 miles - 3,361 in Big Hat and 1,504 in the car
We have spent 995.56 on gas or an average of $24.89 per day (today we paid 1.99 per gallon)
The Itasca State Park was $32 per night.  Total campground costs is $1,748.366 or 39.74 per night
Groceries and eating total $2,261 or an average of $51 per day