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Lake Itasca

Lake Itasca, MN
+1 651-296-6157
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Relaxing...

It was a four hour drive from Minneapolis. We stayed one hour. The cafe and gift shop was closed... read more

Reviewed April 29, 2018
Kimberly H
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Houston, Texas
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Rented a pontoon boat

We took the opportunity to rent two pontoon boats to cruise around the lake on a beautiful... read more

Reviewed October 2, 2017
Tayadog1
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Metro Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota
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Located at Itasca State Park, this is where the Mississippi River begins its passage to the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Excellent66%
  • Very good29%
  • Average5%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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“douglas lodge” (9 reviews)
“boat ride” (2 reviews)
“headwaters” (17 reviews)
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Lake Itasca, MN
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Reviewed April 29, 2018 via mobile

It was a four hour drive from Minneapolis. We stayed one hour. The cafe and gift shop was closed for the season (website didn't say that- it was end of April) so that was a bummer. All we did was walk about 900 feet to...More

2  Thank Kimberly H
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Reviewed October 2, 2017 via mobile

We took the opportunity to rent two pontoon boats to cruise around the lake on a beautiful Saturday afternoon in October. Take advantage of the beauty of Itasca State Park by seeing it from the lake.

2  Thank Tayadog1
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Reviewed September 24, 2017

Went on the boat ride, it was a cool day but the ride was great. it was 1 1/2 hour long. took lots of pictures.

1  Thank Joyce S
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Reviewed July 13, 2017 via mobile

Spent the day here. That's all you need to see it all. The hour and a half boat ride was interesting and the narrative was historical. Quiet and relaxing day. Sandwiches are available at Mary Gibbs restaurant. 185 years of discovery of the headwaters of...More

1  Thank Phoenix2-12
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Reviewed July 10, 2017 via mobile

We visited Lake Itasca to see the source of the Mississippi. The park itself is very well appointed. The welcome center gives a great overview of the area and its history. There is an area at the top of the lake which gives you the...More

1  Thank pamelaf518
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Reviewed June 13, 2017

The day we were out on Lake Itasca it was cold, windy, and wet. We rented a pontoon for the day to go fishing. We were absolutely not disappointed. The lake is huge and has access to Douglas Lodge Restaurant if you get hungry. Or...More

2  Thank nephnurse
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Reviewed April 23, 2017

View the lake from the headwaters or along the drive to the east entrance. It is a great view anytime - we were there in the early spring when there were few people. It can get crowded in mid summer.

1  Thank OneAddictedTraveler
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Reviewed October 17, 2016

Beautiful lake near Douglas Lodge and cabins in the park. Worth stopping in and visiting. Great paths to walk, eat at the lodge (seasonal?) and just sit outside and enjoy the great outdoors.

1  Thank TakinLotsaPictures
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Reviewed September 6, 2016

Nice lake to visit, right on one of the walking trails in Itasca state park. You can walk right down to the shore off of the trail.

1  Thank NorthDakotaMexico
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Reviewed August 23, 2016

This park contains gorgeous old growth pines (300+ years old), as well as newer areas with all the native plants you'd expect . . . wildflowers, berry shrubs, conifers and oaks. The lakes range from charming pothole lakes, to the iconic Lake Itasca where you...More

1  Thank SunnyStPaulMN
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