Where Found: 

Located at Peace Pipe Springs in Itasca State Park


(check location – GPS puts it near Douglas Lodge, whereas driving directions put it near Peace Pipe Vista)

Text On Markers: 


The diversified scenery of Minnesota—of which the Itasca Park area is one phase—is due to the location of the state in the approximate center of the continent. Situated midway between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, Hudson Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, the state has within its boundaries three principal divides in the watersheds of North America. Minnesota lacks the rugged topography and high elevations found in most continental divides. Its highest elevation, 2,300 feet on the Mesabi Range, is in close proximity to its lowest, the surface of Lake Superior, 602 feet above the sea.

The general surface of the state slopes from the north-central portion near Itasca Park, in four directions toward its distant and opposite corners.

The 10,000 lakes of Minnesota cover 5,600 square miles, an average of 1 square mile of water for every 15 of land. This unprecedented supply of water, which has a surface exceeding the water area of any other state, finds its way to the ocean through Hudson Bay, the Great Lakes and the Gulf of Mexico.

Erected by the Geological Society of Minnesota and the Department of Conservation, State of Minnesota aided by a grant from the Louis W. and Maud Hill Family Foundation. 1954

Marker Number: 



North Central/West Region

Marker Location: 

GEOLOGY OF MINNESOTA LAKE ITASCA Park Rapids 47° 11' 30.4332" N, 95° 9' 54.4284" W

Date Update: 

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Information Needed: 

  • Updated Coordinate Needed
  • Marker Images

Condition of Marker: 

  • Good

Marker Made Of: 

Stone with Bronze plaques

Do it yourself Region: 

Northwest Corner