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Came here with our Winnebago caravan group. Most of the people walked in the water. All had a... read more

Reviewed September 11, 2018
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
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The lake has many features to it that can’t be seen from shore but taking the boat tour gave more... read more

Reviewed August 6, 2018
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Located at Itasca State Park, this is where the Mississippi River begins its passage to the Gulf of Mexico.
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Reviewed September 11, 2018 via mobile

Came here with our Winnebago caravan group. Most of the people walked in the water. All had a great time. Lake Itaska feeds into the headwaters of the Mississippi River. Highly recommend. Rating... excellent

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed August 6, 2018 via mobile

The lake has many features to it that can’t be seen from shore but taking the boat tour gave more insight to what the lake has to offer.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed July 7, 2018

I do not fish so I have no idea what's in there but I'm sure there are plenty. The weather was great sunny and warm and there is a lot to explore if you like hiking. I didn't camp either. This was just a day...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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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

Date of experience: April 2018
2  Thank kimberly1123
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.

Date of experience: October 2017
2  Thank Tayadog1
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.

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank Joyce S
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

Date of experience: July 2017
1  Thank Phoenix2-12
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

Date of experience: June 2017
1  Thank pamelaf518
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

Date of experience: May 2017
2  Thank nephnurse
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.

Date of experience: April 2017
1  Thank OneAddictedTraveler
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