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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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Simply beautiful

My wife and I come to Itasca almost every year. It's an amazing place for people to visit for all ages. We bring our friends up here and they always have a blast. Some things to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

My wife and I come to Itasca almost every year. It's an amazing place for people to visit for all ages. We bring our friends up here and they always have a blast. Some things to check out are the historic Douglas Lodge, amazing bike trails, scenic walking path to the Old Timers Cabin, and of course the Mississippi Headwaters.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

From all appearances Itasca State Park must be one of the most visited parks in the State. The facilities date from the beginning of the 20th Century to the recently constructed Lodge 6-Plex Suites. Everything is meticulously maintained and respectfully blends into the early days of the park's founding. Since I was there in late March, 2015, there was no... More 

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

If you are in this area of Minnesota you have to visit Itasca State Park and the Mississippi head waters. The Mississippi runs cold and clear here. The woods are thick with wildlife and be prepared for the Minnesota State bird. Still one of my favorite outdoor spots.

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Sebeka, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

If you are visiting or live in MN this is one place that you have to visit. The history and beauty of Itasca is not something you will soon forget. It's an amazing place for people to visit for all ages. The visitors center is a great place to start and to get your bearings. The employees are friendly and... More 

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Moorhead, Minnesota
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83 reviews 83 reviews
18 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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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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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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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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