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Itasca State Park

36750 Main Park Dr, Intersection of Hwy 71 and Hwy 200 West, Lake Itasca, MN 56470-9722
+1 218-699-7251
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A 'must do' if you're in the area...

My family (ages 6-66) all love coming here. You pay a small per car admission fee and they will... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Warrenville, Illinois
Wish I could have stayed longer

Drove up there from the Twin Cities where I live, which was about 4 hours away just because I... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Avon, Oh
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Established in 1891, Itasca is Minnesota's oldest state park. Today, the park totals more than 32,000 acres and includes more than 100 lakes. Walk across the mighty Mississippi as it starts its winding journey 2,552 miles to the Gulf of Mexico. Stand under towering pines at Preacher's Grove. Visit the Itasca Indian Cemetery or Wegmann's Cabin, landmarks of centuries gone by. Camp under the stars, or stay the night at the historic Douglas Lodge or cabins. Explore Wilderness Drive past the 2,000-acre Wilderness Sanctuary, one of Minnesota's seven National Natural Landmarks.
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36750 Main Park Dr, Intersection of Hwy 71 and Hwy 200 West, Lake Itasca, MN 56470-9722
+1 218-699-7251
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Reviewed 2 days ago

My family (ages 6-66) all love coming here. You pay a small per car admission fee and they will give you a map of the park when you enter. The Wilderness drive has good scenery, Lake Itasca offers fun options for everyone, there is easily...More

Thank Cal_Adventures
Reviewed 1 week ago

Drove up there from the Twin Cities where I live, which was about 4 hours away just because I wanted to see the source of the Mississippi and I didn't realize the place had a much more to see. I will definitely be returning to...More

Thank Cleveland926
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had a whole two hours of time to spend at Itasca State Park. You are probably saying, “You must like to torment yourself.” And that is generally a true statement. But even on such a limited timescale you can see a lot. Here’s the...More

1  Thank ScottInPTC-GA
Reviewed 1 week ago

For nature-lovers and those who enjoy outdoor activities, with equipment rentals, lodging and camping available, this State Park is just gorgeous. But the Headwaters Cafe needs seriously better management. The employees were overworked, the food so-so, and the space not clean (even saw quite a...More

Thank ExpectKindness
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was in the park for one day. It's not nearly enough time for this gorgeous park!! There are a lot of trails. Just breathtaking!

Thank bob2488
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Pros: Clean bathrooms Clean and large sites Dry and aromatic firewood Campers generally follow noise speed rules Good fishing Great bike trails and hike trails Good ice cream at lodge Lots of history Could be better $$ Water a distance from site Our site had...More

1  Thank Familymann1
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great state park. A true must see for anyone that has been anywhere touched by the Mississippi. Preacher's grove was beautiful. Wading across the Mississippi is a must do experience.

Thank Leonard T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We love to visit Itasca State Park! So beautiful! The whole family enjoy the beach and Douglas Lodge restaurant!

Thank maryjnsteve
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Arrived 11:00 am..starting to get busy. Headwaters were awesome. Grandchildren loved walking in the Headwaters. Went the total loop and so much info/facts to take in. Too long a line for the tower and Douglas Lodge restaurant. Great time was had by all.

Thank ckoons6937
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We spent a couple of hours here, but could have stayed longer. The visitors' centers are well done and engaging, giving nice information about the history of the park and the area. We dipped our toes in the headwaters -- which was a little crowded...More

1  Thank 1971momof2
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3 July 2017|
Response from Gary E | Reviewed this property |
There is one public beach area across from the Bear Paw campground. I believe Berts Cabins are on the north side of the park several miles from the beach, but everything within the park has easy access on good roads. Don't... More
5 May 2017|
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Response from Tracy E | Reviewed this property |
The path is between a 1/4 and 1/3 mile. It is not rocky, about half paved and the other half I believe is crushed limestone and very easy to walk or roll a scooter or wheel chair on. The distance would be my only potential... More
9 March 2017|
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Response from Tracy E | Reviewed this property |
During the summer months it can be very crowded but if you can hit the hot spots early in the day the crowds will be minimal. In a state known for beautiful parks Itasca is my favorite.