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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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Eden Prairie, Minnesota
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

My family LOVES Itasca State Park. We have been traveling to Northern MN since I was young (20+ years) and Itasca is always a great place to visit. We often bike around the park to the different sites. This would be a wonderful place to camp and do other outdoor activities as well. There are different places to rent athletic... More

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Grand Cayman
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW via mobile

Itasca is Minnesota's oldest state park, and is full of history. Beautiful clear lakes abound and opportunities for fishing, kayaking, and bicycling are plentiful. Newly paved bike trails make getting around the park a breeze, without having to be stuck in the car. The only downside is that the campgrounds are a bit crowded, owing to the popularity of Itasca.... More

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This is one of the prettiest state parks I have ever been to anywhere in the country. There is so much to see. The headwaters of the !Mississippi River is there. The Mississippi River travels over 2500 miles south to the Gulf of Mexico starting here. There are many displays explaining the history and topography of the River.

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Stillwater, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

The visitor's center was interesting and they have lots to look at. The parking lot is huge and the gift shop is very nice. I liked the signs that mark how many feet away the headwaters are when you are walking down to them. I wish I would have brought swimming gear and water shoes for my kids. They loved... More

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Hugo, Mn
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Headwaters to the Mississippi River, a must visit when in the area. So much history, so pristine natural beauty, the lakes, the forest, and he historical sites. Great restaurant at Douglas Lodge, have the Wild Rice Hot Dish.....yum

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West Simsbury, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

We spent a day in Itasca State Park and it was no nearly enough time to see everything we wanted to see, We started with the visitor center which was very educational and well done. It is full of hands on the exhibits for the kids. The headwaters are also a must. It's amazing to think that you can walk... More

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Minneapolis
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Finally made it to Itasca with my husband and 3 year old. We stayed in a tent at Pine Ridge campground. Bringing or renting a bike is the definite way to go. We biked the Wilderness Drive two days in a row pulling our son in a trailer. We made stops at the large pines, Elk Lake and the observation... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We enjoyed our trip to Itasca State Park. We had lunch at the Gibbs visitor center and it was good. We enjoyed being able to eat outside. Also, the walk to the headwaters was stroller-friendly.

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Princeton, Minnesota, USA
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

I can't believe it took me over 50 years to make it to the start of the Mississippi. Every Minnesotan should be sure to make it to the headwaters of the Mississippi. The park also has many great fishing lakes, bike paths and a variety of camping options. We stayed at one of the Group Camp sites. It was beautiful... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We went to see the "headwaters of the Mississippi River". It was so fun watching kids & adults walking & hopping across the rocks of the headwaters. Kids swimming next to the rocks, running through the paths in the trees. The kids were just so delighted & fun to watch & it gave me many happy childhood memories. Just the... More

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