Mississippi River-Lake Itasca to Bemidji

Lake Itasca, Minnesota 56470

Mississippi River-Lake Itasca to Bemidji

Mississippi River-Lake Itasca to Bemidji Professional Review and Guide

"The uppermost stretch of the Mississippi is narrow, winding, and wooded with a few easy rapids to negotiate and beaver dams to pull over. Itasca is an attractive (albeit small) lake to canoe, not only for its geographical and historical appeal but also because the surrounding park is undeniably one of the state’s finest. Be sure to drive the Wilderness Loop and visit Douglas Lodge, a stately log building.

Nearing Bemidji, the Mississippi is joined by the Schoolcraft River from the south. Though usually runnable only in spring, the Schoolcraft is recommended for its wild, densely forested valley. The river has no difficult rapids."

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Trail Information

Lake Itasca
Nearby City
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
2-3 days
Class I
You may have to pull over deadfalls and beaver dams.
Additional Use
MDNR Information Center: (651) 296-6157 or (888) 646-6367
Local Contacts
MDNR Mississippi River Water Trail Guide: files.dnr.state.mn.us/maps/canoe_routes/mississippi1.pdf (Lake Itasca to Cass Lake); DeLorme: Minnesota Atlas & Gazetteer: Pages 61 A6; 71
Local Maps

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Jul 2018