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Itasca State Park

Open Now: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Open today: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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Camping Greatness

Being from ND we travel the extra hours to get to Itasca State Park. There is SO much to offer... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Kelly B
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Beautiful trees

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

Reviewed 1 week ago
Arnold S
Bismarck, North Dakota
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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 6 days ago 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
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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 3 weeks ago 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
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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
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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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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

Date of experience: October 2018
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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

Date of experience: October 2018
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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

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 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
Travel Forum Posts
4/5 day road trip itinerary? (0 Replies)
After spending a couple of nights in Minneapolis I'd like to drive upstate for 4/5 nights. Has anyone any suggested itineraries allowing me to see as much as possible ideally to include Itasca State Park and Duluth. Thanks
June 12, 2009|
Sarah Y
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Hotel Near Itasca State Park (2 Replies)
I'm looking for an affordable hotel (less than $100) near Itasca State Park. Any suggestions?
July 29, 2015|
Response fromSmittyMN|
Have you checked the lodging in the park? Probably yes but thought I'd mention. Outside the park check in Bemidji.
Columbia, Maryland
Itasca State Park Mosquitos First week in June (7 Replies)
We would like to visit Itasca State Park the first week in June, but many in my group are super allergic to skeeters. How bad will it be? It looks like June and July are the worst? Is that right?
May 01, 2018|
Response fromJenGoesOnTrips|
Yes, that can be a bad time for mosquitoes. However, it depends what you mean by allergic. Like, do you mean bad swelling from bites, or like a life and death situation? There are many decent insect repellents available. Look for one with deet, which is also good for ticks (and quite frankly, ticks are far scarier to me than mosquitoes, but again, I don't know the situation.)