Itasca State Park
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.
Tell me more about this park's wildlife, history, geology and landscape.
Bike trail construction update
The bike trail is open for the entire length as of August 29, 2014.
Last updated /September 3, 2014.
Boardwalk Bridge Construction at the Headwaters
The return trail boardwalk and attached bridge (located near the headwaters) will be closed for construction for approximately 8 weeks beginning July 14, 2014 until mid-September, 2014. The main walkway to the headwaters will still be accessible. The public will still have access to the rocks at the headwaters but will not be able to walk the first 1/4 mile of the river. Canoeists wanting to access the river can put their canoes in at Gulsvig's Landing located along Highway 200, 1/4 mile west of the park's north entrance. Access to Schoolcraft Trail will be limited to evenings and weekends.
Be fascinated. Check out the naturalist programs and other activities scheduled at the park.
Mary Gibbs Mississippi Headwaters Center:
Visit the Mary Gibbs Mississippi Headwaters Center. Outdoor interpretive displays on the plaza are available for viewing year-round. Be sure to take the short walk to the Headwaters of the Mississippi River, which offers visitors a glimpse of this historic location. The Headwaters Café is a cafeteria-style restaurant located in the Mary Gibbs Mississippi Headwaters Center.
The Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center is open year-round, and the Douglas Lodge Four Season Suites are available to rent year-round.
Wireless internet access is now available at certain locations around Itasca State Park! Please note that signal strength may vary.
Access is available at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center, Douglas Lodge, Pine Ridge Campground, and Bear Paw Campground.
Itasca State Park is not a geocaching demonstration park. You will need to bring your own GPS unit when searching for our Avian Adventure cache card. The closest demonstration park with GPS units to check out is Lake Bemidji State Park. Enjoy your treasure hunt!
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Don't move firewood!
Burning non-local firewood can spread invasive species, and it's against Minnesota state law. Learn more. Always buy your firewood at the park, or from an approved local vendor. Find firewood vendors for Itasca State Park.
Bird Checklist at Itasca State Park.
Best time to contact the park:
Daily, 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
36750 Main Park Drive
Park Rapids, MN 56470
South entrance to the park is 23 miles north of Park Rapids on U.S. Highway 71. From Bemidji, the east entrance is 30 miles south on U.S. Hwy 71 and 1/10 mile north on State Hwy 200. The north entrance is 21 miles south of Bagley on State Hwy 92/State Hwy 200.
GPS device users: Lat. 47.194648 Long. -95.165012