The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has started accepting reservations for Bert’s Cabins at Itasca State Park. These 12 cabins, near the headwaters of the Mississippi River, had been privately owned and operated since 1939. In December 2018, the current owners retired and sold the cabins to the DNR.
Amenities at the cabins include air-conditioning, full kitchens and bathrooms with showers. The cabins will be open seasonally, from May 10 through Nov. 17. Prices range from $125 for a one-bedroom cabin to $220 for a three-bedroom cabin.
"Staying at Bert’s Cabins has been a big part of visiting Itasca State Park for many families for many years," said Bob Chance, manager of Itasca State Park. "We appreciate the opportunity to keep renting out the cabins to future generations."
The purchase of the cabins was made possible by funding from the Parks and Trails Fund, created after voters approved the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment in November 2008. The Parks and Trails Fund receives 14.25 percent of the sales tax revenue generated by the Legacy Amendment and uses this money to support parks and trails of regional or statewide significance.
Itasca State Park, established in 1891, is Minnesota’s oldest state park. Visitors to the park enjoy crossing the headwaters of the Mississippi River, taking part in year-round naturalist programs, seeing the centuries-old red pines in Preacher’s Grove, climbing the Aiton Heights Fire Tower, swimming in Lake Itasca, biking or driving the scenic 10-mile Wilderness Drive and hiking the park’s extensive trails.
To make reservations at Bert’s Cabins or any of the other overnight facilities at Itasca State Park—which include Historic Douglas Lodge, 12 Four-season Suites, numerous cabins and more than 200 campsites—visit mndnr.gov/reservations or call 866-857-2757.