Mississippi Headwater Lakes
This is where the mighty Mississippi River begins as a small stream at Lake Itasca. It passes through two big, beautiful lakes: Cass and Winnibogoshish. Two of the state's largest lakes are in this area as well: Red Lake, the biggest within the state; and Leech, Minnesota's third-largest lake. In addition to these big lakes, there's an abundance of smaller lakes tucked into these north woods. All of these waters make this a great fishing destination, with lakeside family resorts and campgrounds throughout the area.
Special finds in the area include a sculpture walk and summer theater in Bemidji, several little theaters around Park Rapids, the mile-long beach at Detroit Lakes, interesting shops in Walker, the Paul Bunyan and Heartland bike trails, several scenic golf courses, and a top country music festival.