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Itasca State Park

36750 Main Park Drive

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. Stand under towering pines at Preacher's Grove. Visit the Itasca Indian Cemetery or Wegmann's Cabin, landmarks of centuries gone by. Camp under the stars, or stay the night at the historic Douglas Lodge or cabins. Explore Wilderness Drive past the 2,000-acre Wilderness Sanctuary, one of Minnesota's seven National Natural Landmarks.


Ellen Hines

Wednesday, June 13, 2018
You could spend at least a couple days here just walking around! Our visits mostly include a short walk to the headwaters and a trip to the excellent onsite restaurant. (Get the Walleye Nibblers.) If you want to walk in the Mississippi, bring sandals and a towel. Great photo op, beautiful scenery... It reminds of a 1960's camp postcard in the best way possible.

Luna Wolfsong

Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Loved going here when little and still love to go here... Always the best place to go for a peaceful getaway in the woods... Near river and a lake.... Very fun.... I will never forget this place...

Alfonso Rivera

Monday, May 28, 2018
This is the place where the mighty Mississippi begins. Beautiful park fit for walking, hiking, running, bicycling, canoeing, boating, or just relaxing. There are cabins, camping sites, canoe rentals, and many other things to do. Clean and accessible for everyone. I would return here in a heartbeat.

Andrea Schultz

Saturday, June 9, 2018
They offer a webcam for family to watch as you cross, which was a fun idea. The water was clear and beautiful. Chilly, but not too much for my kids to enjoy rock walking. My clumsy 3yo managed the water and rocks easily. Once they all did it once, they wanted more!

Howie Bee

Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Loved the fact Veterans get free yearly pass to our State Parks. The concessions were fine and the information was awesome. Those at the visitors center were very friendly and helpful too.

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