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Itasca State Park

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On a clear evening night - the stars put on a show

With almost zero light polution at night, Itasca State Park is a great place for stargazing. The... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Bruce H
Venice, Florida
MN's first state park and probably the best

When we visited Itasca, it was early spring and was drizzling for the whole weekend. The entire... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Chennai (Madras), India
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Established in 1891, Itasca is Minnesota's oldest state park. Today, the park totals more than 32,000 acres and includes more than 100 lakes. Walk across the mighty Mississippi as it starts its winding journey 2,552 miles to the Gulf of Mexico...more
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36750 Main Park Dr, Intersection of Hwy 71 and Hwy 200 West, Lake Itasca, MN 56470-9722
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Reviewed 1 week ago

With almost zero light polution at night, Itasca State Park is a great place for stargazing. The summer challenges you may face are the long days and the fact that skies stay backlit untill 11:00 PM. Naturally, the occassional MN mosquito is another. So stay...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When we visited Itasca, it was early spring and was drizzling for the whole weekend. The entire park was lush green and refreshing. We grabbed a map from the park office and took the wilderness drive, and alongside were many small scenic views overlooking Lake...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank GKKrishna
Reviewed January 16, 2019

I recently attended the candlelight snowshoe event. I had no idea that it would be such a popular event, but the staff and volunteers were ready. Pulling into the parking lot, there was someone directing traffic. Inside the Visitor's Center I was excited to see...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed December 12, 2018 via mobile

Being from ND we travel the extra hours to get to Itasca State Park. There is SO much to offer campers there that we can never find enough time. Great place for children with plenty to keep them busy.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Kelly B
Reviewed December 11, 2018

I would recommend this trip for the fall season. beautiful drive thru the park. It was so relaxing and so nice.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Arnold S
Reviewed December 11, 2018

The first and crown jewel of Minnesota State Parks contains not only the source of the Mississippi but the largest white pine in the state. The largest red pine was struck by lightening but is still an awe inspiring site.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed November 22, 2018 via mobile

Most visted State Park in Minnesota. If you are only stopping to see the Headwaters of the Mississippi, recommend taking time to visit this great park. Camping, cabins and lodge available. Restaurant and gift shop as well.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank 530stanw
Reviewed November 7, 2018

Amazing park, amazing views, easy to hike and walk, we did cross over the Mississippi! It was fun, we also went all the way up to the top of the Ranger Tower and the views were again, amazing.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Barb S
Reviewed October 11, 2018 via mobile

We always take our visiting Norwegian tour groups to the Mississippi Headwaters. They love it — the nature, the history, its relevance. Rain or shine it is a great place to bisit

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Leslee49
Reviewed October 8, 2018

The visitor's center is very nice with a lot of interesting information. The shop is pricey but has a lot of variety. The walk to the headwaters is beautiful and there is a plank bridge that allows you to walk over the Mississippi. Highly recommended.

Date of experience: September 2018
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September 16, 2018|
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Response from Wilma70 | Reviewed this property |
You’ll need to contact the park. We didn’t take that tour
September 16, 2018|
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Response from Christine2335 | Reviewed this property |
Well, you need to enter the Main Park Drive and check in at the visitor center. This is from their website: Checking in for your stay? All lodging check-ins take place at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center. I would enter... More
August 14, 2018|
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Response from Sandy B | Reviewed this property |
We were only in the park for one full day and two nights, but we enjoyed very much the beauty of the park, seeing the visitor’s center, walking in the river, and visiting with fellow campers. You will find fun wherever you... More