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Itasca State Park

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Address: 36750 Main Park Drive, Park Rapids, MN 56470, Intersection of Hwy 71 and Hwy 200 West, Lake Itasca, MN 56470
Phone Number: 218-699-7251
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Description: Founded in 1891, Minnesota's oldest state park encompasses 32,000 acres...
Founded in 1891, Minnesota's oldest state park encompasses 32,000 acres and is known for its large amount of pine trees.
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This was a must on our bucket list. Was so cool to walk across the head waters of the Mississippi. The park is beautiful and even with the park being so busy the staff really... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
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North Branch, Minnesota
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North Branch, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

This was a must on our bucket list. Was so cool to walk across the head waters of the Mississippi. The park is beautiful and even with the park being so busy the staff really keep this park well maintained. Kootoks to the amazing staff. Thanks for all you do. The bathrooms and showers were so clean it was refreshing.... More 

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Metro Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Excellent value. 2-hour narrated tour (an actual narrator, not a tape). Knowledgeable local, naturalist. Great family event. Beautiful lake. Highly recommend.

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Guin, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Nice state park. It has the Headwaters Center and tons of hiking trails. The lake itself is beautiful. It is definitely of the beaten path.

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South Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

We loved Itasca State Park and spent an entire day there. Started out with hiking to the Aiton Fire Tower and hiking Dr. Roberts Trail. Followed by lunch at Douglas lodge then the 2 hour Coborns boat tours on Lake Itasca. We then took Wilderness Drive all the way around the Park pulling off at all the stops on the... More 

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Detroit Lakes, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

We stayed at the campgrounds located in Itasca State park. We had a GREAT time. We utilized the biking trails and even did the "big loop" around Lake Itasca. We have 2 smaller children one who is 8 who did the big bike loop and one who is 4 who rode in a buggy behind my bike. The 4 year... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

I was glad I made the 4 hr trip from the Twin Cities. This park has almost everything active families would enjoy: hiking trails, bike trails and rentals, boat and kayak rentals, swimming beach, and camping (tent, rv and cabin). It's a whole different ecosystem that far north. Refreshing!

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Cambridge, Minnesota, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Fun place to visit.The head waters to the Mississippi are very easy to walk to. Kids love to wade and play in the shallow stream. There is a nice gift shop here and a learning center.

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Filygirl
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Spent the day and it was an amazing time!!! Itasca sports is a rental place within the park which really made the trip awesome! Bikes, paddleboards, kayaks, canoes etc...what a great way to enjoy the park! Can't wait to do it again!!!

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Yorkville, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

We had an amazing time at Itasca State Park. Park is very clean and well maintained. There are plenty of trails and bike paths. We had three generations of family with us and there was something for all of us. All facilities that we used were very clean and well kept. We spent some time in the visitors center and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Nice park. Fabulous bike and hiking trails. Very clean. Only improvements I could suggest is making the beach bigger and the campgrounds are just too wide open. Otherwise a fantastic park.

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