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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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Awesome State Park, Wish it was closer!

My husband and I camped at the state park with a grandparent and a tween. The campground had hands down the best, cleanest bathrooms I've ever experienced, including Disney... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 2, 2015
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Plymouth, Minnesota
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

Had a great time on a Spring visit to Itasca State Park. Staff was very helpful and the accommodations were great. That said, when we arrived at our cabin there was an electrical buzzing sound. Found it was was not the heating and cooling unit under the bedroom window or lights but a long beige colored bar on the wall.... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

My husband and I camped at the state park with a grandparent and a tween. The campground had hands down the best, cleanest bathrooms I've ever experienced, including Disney World's Fort Wilderness. Tons of activities from exploring the Mississippi's headwaters to hiking to an old fire spotting tower. The lakes had great fishing and lots of bike trails. The only... More 

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Winnipeg
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

a beautiful somewhat wilderness area and a scenic drive for sure, we rode through on a motorcycle and really enjoyed the views and the limited amount of traffic for sure.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW via mobile

We really enjoyed site seeing at the park. Beautiful walking paths surround the lake and driving through the park is nice too. We took the two hour boat tour which offered nice views of the lake and surrounding area. The narration tells the story of the area and discovery of the Mississippi.

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Vermillion, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Itasca State Park is a must visit for anyone in the US, but especially in Minnesota! The beautiful, natural beautiful is enough of a reason to visit, but being the Headwaters of the Mighty Mississippi makes it even more special.

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Longville, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

There is so much to do and see at Itasca State Park. Not only the headwaters of the Mississippi River, but the trails and lake are fantastic. I have only been there for day trips, but would be a great place to spend a week and explore.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Beautiful park majestic vistas the wilderness drive is a must along with all the stops along the way. Interesting historical facts throughout the park and to top it all you can enjoy a good meal at the lodge.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

I have lived in MN my whole life, so why did it take me 45 years to come here? I walked in the water but it was so cold.. I know it is spring fed, but.. Next time we are going to camp there

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

This is a great state park! It's really beautiful. Aside from the headwaters of the Mississippi it has a lot to offer, campgrounds, cabins, picnic areas, a firetower to climb with amazing views, and you can see some of the largest pine trees in the area. It's a big park with a couple of small lakes that are spectacular. Well... More 

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Glenwood, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

First of all, the park headquarters has changed so much from when I was a kid. There is a huge parking lot, totally renovated visitor center, interpretive walks, etc. You are now able to walk a paved trail almost to the beginning of the Mississippi River. The lake itself is stunning and there are cruises to take around the lake.... More 

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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
Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Lake Itasca

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