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Itasca State Park

U.S. Highway 71, Lake Itasca, MN
218-266-2100
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Ranked #1 of 10 Attractions in Lake Itasca
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks
Traveler Description: Itasca State Park is located in the northern half of central Minnesota.   The headwaters of the mighty Mississippi River lie within the park.  Just... more »
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Moorhead, Minnesota
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67 reviews 67 reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

I've been to this state park a few times and I have to say the best time of year to go is late September thru early October. This is probably the best part of central to western minnesota. Most the the shops are closed this late in the year, but it is quiet and just right for a cool afternoon... More

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Perham, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

The ONLY down side is the cafeteria! The rest is beyond amazing and beautiful. It is crowded even when it's cold. But not overwhelming just be prepared to wait to take pictures of scenic views.

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Winnipeg, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

A friend and I drove to Itasca State Park to see the beautiful colours of the changing leaves. The park itself is gorgeous and has many stops throughout to view interesting areas. We especially liked the 300 year old trees at Preacher's Grove and walking across the mouth of the Mississippi (and we didn't fall in!).

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Anoka, Minnesota
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9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

We drove through the park one Sunday to see the fall colors and stopped for lunch at the Douglas Lodge. We had to wait 45 minutes but used that time to walk around and visit the souvenir shop. When we were seated we had a view of Lake Itasca. Beautiful! We ordered the wild rice hotdish which was excellent! Wild... More

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Eden Prairie, Minnesota, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Very accessible, beautiful fall colors. Been to New Orleans before I went to headwaters of the Mississippi. I have mobility issues and was glad to be able to get around easily. Lots of Bikeand Hiking trails for the more mobile.

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Prescott
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

This is where it starts - the Mississippi - and you should take advantage of walking across the river! The state park has so much to offer - we did the afternoon eagle tour and it sure was worth it! We saw many eagles, herons and other birds. The narration on the boat was well done and enthusiastic. The main... More

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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

We stayed in the Itasca Suites for 2 nights. there was sattelite TV and wi-fi. There is plenty to do there, hiking and crossing the mississippi river. The restaraunt is very nice, prices very reasonable. The fall colors had not turned as yet, but still the park was very beauttiful and peaceful. We will go there again and stay longer.... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Visited the park in fall last year.it was awesome colors of nature. Took a leisure biking trip up the park and it was interesting. The walk in the colored trees and time with nature was relaxing.

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Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Itasca State Park is one of Minnesota's wonders. A must for any visitor to the area and for Minnesotans as well. Kids love to get wet at the Headwaters of the Mississippi

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Lake Itasca State Park is a great place for many reasons. It's the oldest Minnesota State Park, and the size and remoteness of certain areas of the park are breathtaking. We went for a two night camping trip, and left with the feeling there was so much more we could have seen and done. No matter what your hobbies are... More

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