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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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Arlington, Virginia
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55 reviews 55 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

While up in northern Minnesota visiting my fiancée's family we spent the better part of the day at this park--and what a great decision! After paying the small ($5/car) entry fee one to the first things I noticed was how clean the place is. More importantly, there was lots of historical information in the visitor centers along with advice on... More

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Columbus, OH
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20 reviews 20 reviews
12 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

I remember going to this park 35 years ago as a kid so I was excited to take my children there this summer. I loved the changes that they have made and love that the important parts are still the same. My kids loved wading through the headwaters of the Mississippi River and learning about the area at the visitor... More

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Pacific Junction, Iowa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

AMAZING! Just amazing! The Wilderness Drive is a must! Take your time here and try to see everything! After April the bugs get thick, but otherwise the wildlife and the beautiful old growth pines are breathtaking along the lake!

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Lake Jackson, Texas
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30 reviews 30 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

We went to walk across the Mississippi and to eat at the Douglass Lodge. Lodge food was excellent. I did walk the Mississippi.

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Broomfield, Colorado
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133 reviews 133 reviews
48 attraction reviews
121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

We really needed more time (and plan to come back next year to spend more). Just walking across the headwaters and swimming in the river was a great time for my whole family. I wish we had brought suits or at least a change of clothing and a towel. The kids loved crossing the rocks at the headwaters and walking... More

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Oakdale, Minnesota
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We had so much fun crossing the Mississippi headwaters. The park also had many special daily activities and events.

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Zeeland, Michigan
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110 reviews 110 reviews
48 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

This is an excellent park to visit when in northern Minnesota!! Nice showers, very good campsites. And plenty of skeeters!!

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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38 reviews 38 reviews
8 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

This is one of the best state parks in Minnesota. There are so many places to stop and learn something about the park. The park was incredibly clean. The only downside was that some of the bike trails were closed. However, when they open, they will be GREAT! They re-opened one stretch of the bike path and it was great.... More

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Southern California
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39 reviews 39 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

If you have crossed the Mississippi River by bridge, walked along its side, taken a cruise boat, or driven part (or all) of the Great River Road, then this is where you should go. This is where the Great River begins, as a small stream coming out of Lake Itasca. Coming into Itasca State Park via the east entrance, we... More

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BISMARCK
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Haven't been to Itasca in years...yet just as beautiful. The trails have been upgraded and there are benches by the Mississippi Headwaters, so if inclined there is a spot to take off your shoes before attempting to cross the waters. The convience store right as you head into the park at the north entrance is very clean and friendly. They... More

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