Headwaters Region Driving Directions
Itasca State Park to Bemidji (30 miles)
Tip: Make sure you have plenty of gas.
There are no gas stations between the park and Bemidji.
Begin the Great River Road journey at the Mississippi River headwaters in Lake Itasca State Park, about 20 miles north of Park Rapids. Follow the Wilderness Drive through the park's interior to Clearwater Co. Rd. 2, through the town of Lake Itasca. Turn east onto Clearwater Co. Rd. 40 to Hubbard County 9, through Becida. At Hubbard Co. Rd. 10 turn north. This road becomes Beltrami Co. Rd. 7. Follow it into Bemidji.