East of Polk County on U.S. Highway 2 is Clearwater County (pop. 8,695), where the Mississippi River begins.
Lake Itasca, in Itasca State Park, is the source of the Mississippi River. The river is about 20 feet wide as it flows north out of the lake.
Itasca State Park has a variety of log-constructed buildings dating from 1905 to 1942.
Visitors may also climb to the top of the park’s 100-foot fire tower.
The Red Lake and White Earth Indian reservations make up a large part of Clearwater County.
Bagley (pop. 1,392), the county seat, is northwest of Lake Itasca.
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