Mississippi Headwaters; Itasca State Park MN

Mississippi Headwaters; Itasca State Park MN


The headwaters
of the Mississippi River, have long been
a major attraction for summer tourists in Northwestern Minnesota. At Itasca State Park,
you could walk on the rocks and over the shallow stream
that mark the beginning of the Mississippi River. [bass, drums, and guitar
play in bright rhythm] (woman)
It’s a great place to work, but the hardest part is everyone, when they’re here, they’re on vacation. [laughs] Itasca State Park is Minnesota’s oldest state park. It began in 1891; it was set aside by the state legislature after a big push from a guy named Jacob Vandenberg Brower. who came to this area and found that it was
a very important spot that should be preserved
for future generations. One thing is
that the park is very large. It’s over 32,000 acres,
so there’s definitely a lot of places to get out
and explore. Everything opens by Memorial Day weekend and goes through fall colors, which typically is about mid October. But the park is
open year around, and so people can come to
the park any time of the year. Each year we have
around a half million people that visit Itasca State Park. We have very good
visitor numbers that come from the State of Minnesota, as well as North Dakota, Canada, Iowa, Illinois,
the surrounding states, as well as from
all over the United States and countries
from all over the world. They come to this area
for a wide variety of reasons. Some come just
to see the headwaters of the Mississippi River, others will come to camp, bike, hike. In the fall we have a deer hunting season that goes on, as well as when we get
into winter season, we have skiing, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, we have year-round housing
in the park so people could
stay here. We actually have one of our campgrounds open to primitive camping
in the wintertime too. So you could camp here year around if you wanted to get into the winter months as well. There’s plenty to do whether you’re here in the summer, the spring or fall or winter,
and it’s a good representation of what Northern Minnesota used to look like all the way across.

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