Lake Itasca is the undisputed headwaters of the Mississippi River Itasca State Park, Minnesota. Native Americans living in the pine forests, led white explores to the source of the mighty Mississippi River. It was a European explorer that named the source or headwaters of the Mississippi in Latin, it was the Native Americans who named the Mississippi River in their own language. Find out how, at the Grand Opening of the Jacob Brower Visitor Center celebration in Itasca State Park. Download and start listening now!