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Itasca State Park

Closed Now: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Open today: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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Amazing views

Amazing park, amazing views, easy to hike and walk, we did cross over the Mississippi! It was fun... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Barb S
Bloomington, Minnesota
A must see

We always take our visiting Norwegian tour groups to the Mississippi Headwaters. They love it — the... read more

Reviewed October 11, 2018
Rockford, Minnesota
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  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
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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
+1 218-699-7251
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed June 16, 2018

Oh, my! There is so much to do here with so much natural beauty crammed into one Park. There many different hiking trails, a designated bike path, 2 campgrounds, a lovely scenic drive with multiple points of interest, a fire tower to climb, and of...More

8  Thank 2ndWindTraveller
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed July 11, 2010

My wife and I live not far from Itasca. We try to camp there at least once or twice a season and always looked forward to eating at Douglas Lodge inside the park. This year we have been dissapointed in the campground as well as...More

8  Thank EStig
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

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

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.

Thank bettytisdell
Reviewed October 6, 2018 via mobile

It had snowed the night before our visit and the snow stuck around. But it was a gorgeous park. Our GPS tried to take us in through a very muddy backroad that is NOT an actual entrance so when you get close to the park...More

Thank lcdemar
Reviewed October 2, 2018 via mobile

Camped at Itasca State Park 10/2/18. Beautiful weather! The leaves in our opinion were at peak colors Amazing! Campground was pretty empty. I love traveling in the fall. Less people. Had a great time. Of course we had to cross the headwaters of the Mississippi...More

Thank mtieden
Reviewed October 2, 2018

We had so much fun walking in the water and the view was amazing. The trails are so relaxing and beautiful. The gift shop and restaurant are nice. The informational area was super cool. We stayed nearby at a camp ground. This was one if...More

Thank Jodi T
Reviewed October 2, 2018 via mobile

I have lived in MN all my life (62), yet never been to this park. Of course it is beautiful, but so well organized, so clean and so friendly! We stayed in a little log cabin built during the Depression, and hiked a number of...More

1  Thank TimNewton1956
Reviewed September 20, 2018

Itasca State Park has always been a favorite get away. Enjoy a family picnic, walk across the headwaters of the Mississippi (always a good photo op with the kids), Marvel at the beauty of Preachers Grove and so much more. You will not be disappointed!

Thank flyingsolo79
Reviewed September 11, 2018 via mobile

Went to lake Itaska the headwaters of the Mississippi River. About a thousand feet walk from the parking lot to the headwaters. People go in and was in the water. Connie was our guide and she was fantastic. Highly recommend. Rating... excellent

Thank Iralgo
Reviewed September 11, 2018

We. didn't know about this place and when filling gas 7 miles away on our way to Fargo, ND, we were told about it. Was very exciting to see the start of the Mississippi River and to walk across on the rocks. We also went...More

2  Thank Lonny B
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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 Christine P | 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