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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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Walk across the Mississippi

The walk across the Mississippi is always a favorite, especially for children. The hiking in the park was tempered by the huge swarms of mosquitoes - too many to count - so bring... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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Eyota, Minnesota
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Eyota, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

The walk across the Mississippi is always a favorite, especially for children. The hiking in the park was tempered by the huge swarms of mosquitoes - too many to count - so bring lot's of "OFF".

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

We just returned from a 3 night stay at Itasca State Park. First of all, this park is gorgeous. The bike trails are extremely well tended - we biked every day to get anywhere. We canoed and kayaked - the prices were affordable and they make activities very user friendly for families. We enjoyed the historic sites, and did a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

You can walk across the source of the Mississippi River there. We also took a tour of Lake Itasca, with loons, eagles, and beautiful scenery. And, it was cool (very nice for two Texans).

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015 NEW via mobile

We walked across the headwaters, rented kayaks and enjoyed the hiking trails! I am impressed with the bike acessability and can't wait to go back and hit the trails! The whole family from my 73 year old Mother to my nine year old Daughter found things of interest! The only negative was the service in the cafe! We will be... More 

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sartell, mn
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

We visited Itasca with my father-Ina-law from Japan. As the mighty Mississippi is known the world over it was nice to show off something that was a bit familiar. As the oldest of the parks in the state park system it is also one of the nicest. We visited several areas and ended our visit with coffee at the visitors... More 

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Oahu, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

The headwaters of the Mississippi River are the main attraction in this park. I grew up in nearby Bemidji and have been visiting regularly for over 50 years. The one thing I wish they would do is maintain the forest. There are dead trees that need to be removed and you can barely see the lake from Douglass Lodge. Clear... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

This park seems more on a par with a national park than a state one. Beautiful setting, great campsites, wonderful hiking and bicycle trails. The lodge is impressive and the food great (walleye with wild rice pilaf). Saw turtles laying eggs next to our campsite...only to find racoon ate them during the night. A lesson from mother nature. And who... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

This is such a wondrous place to stay with great fun in biking, hiking and camping. all interaction with other campers were somewhat positive, but for the sake of change i'm obligated to share the negatives; Biking laws should be unforced, beach is to small, far to many mosquitoes, and the pioneer cemetery was not of pioneers at all! The... More 

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Orlando, FL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

Itasca State Park is easily accessible in Western Minnesota and is a well thought out State Park. There are lots of hiking trails available and there are plenty of things to look at. The visitors center is extremely interesting and one of the few that I've actually spent time in reading the information and looking at the exhibits. Itasca is... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

This was the first State Park that we had visited after looking through many suggestions that Trip Advisor contributors gave us. My husband and I hadn't camped since we had our child, and we were looking to get back into camping with our toddler. We were not disappointed. I think we were spoiled that this was the first State Park... More 

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Address: 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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