The world's third longest river begins its run to the Gulf of Mexico from Itasca State Park, with Bemidji distinguished as the First City on the river's historic 2,384 mile journey. Celebrate this majestic waterway by crossing its headwaters via stepping stones or footbridge.

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Take an excursion on the Chester Charles for a narrated cruise that journeys the same route traveled by early discoverers of the river. Or follow the river's route by canoe with tours that last from hours to several days and rated for beginning to experienced canoeists.

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