Itasca State Park

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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 and visit landmarks of centuries gone by throughout the park. Camp under the stars or stay the night in one of our 45 overnight units. Explore Wilderness Drive past the 2,000-acre Wilderness Sanctuary, one of Minnesota's seven National Natural Landmarks.

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Visitor Alert

Note: South Entrance Closed. Please use East or North Entrances. Warming area is available during the snow season at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center.

Camping and lodging updates

Select campsites are available year-round in Pine Ridge Campground.

  • Water is turned off in the campgrounds and dump station as of October 7.
  • Water is available at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center year-round.
  • Dump station in the off-season only, is located on the winter access road into Pine Ridge Campgrounds.

Checking in for your stay? All lodging check-ins take place at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center.

The visitor center features exhibits, restrooms, gift shop and area information.

Looking for employment?

Itasca State Park offers a variety of positions available throughout the year. Go to the jobs link to learn more.

(Updated January 12, 2018)

Park Notes

Virtual Tour

Take a virtual tour. It's a great tool to help you plan your next trip to the park!
Panoramic tour | Snapshot tour

Mississippi Headwaters Webcam

Can't make the trip in person? Check out the Mississippi headwaters on this real-time webcam.

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.

Year-Round Fun

The Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center is open year-round, and the Four-Season Suites are available to rent year-round.

Douglas Lodge

Lodge Restaurant
Reopening for the season: May 25, 2018, 5 p.m.
Closing for the season: October 7, 2018, 4 p.m.

Staying overnight? Lodging information.

Internet Access

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, Campground Office, Forest Inn, Mary Gibbs Headwaters Center, Four-Season Suites and Bear Paw Campground.


Itasca State Park is not a Geocaching Checkpoint. The closest state park with GPS units to check out is Lake Bemidji State Park. Enjoy your treasure hunt!

State Forest Campgrounds

Itasca State Park also manages Huntersville Forest Landing Campground, Shell City Horse Horse Campground and Shell City Landing Campground in Huntersville State Forest; Mantrap Lake Campground in the Paul Bunyan State Forest and Hungryman Lake Campground in Two Inlets State Forests. For more information, please contact Itasca State Park at 218-699-7251.

Gift Cards

Purchase a Minnesota State Parks Gift Card.

Only use approved firewood!

Help prevent the spread of tree-killing insects by burning only approved firewood, available at all Minnesota State Parks.


Bird Checklist This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it. at Itasca State Park.

Park Highlights

tree Camping

tree Fishing

tree Hiking

tree Historic Sites

tree Unique Ecosystem

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Best time to contact the park:

Memorial Weekend thru first Saturday in October: Daily 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Beginning first Sunday in October thru Thursday before Memorial Weekend: Daily 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Please call for the most updated hours.


36750 Main Park Drive
Park Rapids, MN 56470

tel: 218-699-7251

fax: 218-699-7210


Getting There

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