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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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Founded in 1891, Minnesota's oldest state park encompasses 32,000 acres and...

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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The Headwaters is beautiful

Itasca State Park is beautiful all through the year. Bike trails, swimming, fishing (both summer and winter). The Lodge for breakfast, lunch and dinner is awesome. And check... read more

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Lake Itasca, Minnesota
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Lake Itasca, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Itasca State Park is beautiful all through the year. Bike trails, swimming, fishing (both summer and winter). The Lodge for breakfast, lunch and dinner is awesome. And check out Rock Creek Store at the North Entrance.

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Sun City, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

After staying at commercial RV campgrounds with our 21 foot TowLite travel trailer we tried this beautiful state park. We made online reservations for the Bear Paw campground selecting a site with electric hookup. The sites were large and widely separated from adjacent sites. Excellent clean hot showers and flush toilets were close to all campsites. The lack of water... More 

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Breckenridge, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

One way traffic on half of the ride around the park makes this not only a safe ride but the winding road and short ups and downs fun as heck! The other half is an asphalt trail in the woods, with various stops including the "Headwaters" of the Mississippi and a Minnesota North Woods highlight lunch stop at Douglas Lodge... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The park is beautiful. We did the touristy thing and took our picture waking across the headwaters, bought a T-shirt and magnet at the gift shop (very reasonable prices), and then visited the beach/swimming area for a swim in Lake Itasca (which is clearer and cleaner than many swimming pools I've been in!). I don't remember exactly what admission to... More 

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Addis, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Took a trip from Louisiana and got to walk across the mighty Mississippi River in Itasca State Park. The park is well-kept and easy to navigate. Had a great trip.

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Bismarck, North Dakota, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Must see and enjoy the drive through the park as well as lunch in the lodge. Do take the riverboat 2 hour ride, we saw 3 bald eagles, loons and deer. The captain was interesting and the boat was clean. You'll enjoy watching the humming birds outside the lodge windows. I was there as a kid and took my son... More 

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Tyler, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Stayed at Berts Cabin which was very nice. They are located in the park. There is lots to see and do.

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Anoka, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stayed in the Douglas Lodge and had a suite. This included a bathroom and shower. Perfect! Quaint furnishings. The food was wonderful- try the Wild Rice Hotdish. You'll love it. We also hiked a few trails, climbed the observation tower, and drove around the park loop. Itasca is the jewel of the Minnesota state parks.

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Thank Carol L
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

To tell the truth, this destination, while beautiful, doesn't present the WOW scenery of other locations. HOWEVER, to stand at the beginning of North America's longest river is an experience that should resonate in the heart of every American. I was born along the Mississippi, grew up playing in her waters, have visited her delta twice and, finally, realized a... More 

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Eagan, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Itasca State Park and the Headwaters of the Mississippi River is a must do vacation spot. The park has a couple of nice visitors centers where you can learn a lot of history about the park and also get things like maps, bug spray, etc. There are a number of educational programs you can participate in geared to a variety... More 

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