Trail Snow Report

Itasca State Park

Trail conditions:

Enjoy the winter white coating of snow on the big pines! The little snow that we have is holding well. However, recent warm temps have settled the snow. Snow depth varies from 1 1/2-inches to 4 inches (in shady areas). Staff recently finished clearing trails of downed trees. More snow is needed to begin grooming.Ski Trails: We need a few more inches of snow to start packing and setting track.

Snowmobile Trails: We need a few more inches of snow to start grooming trails.

Snowshoe Trails: Hiking the trails is still nice with the shallow snow. Hikers should consider wearing ice cleats for slippery spots on trails.

Nature Notes: Enjoy a walk to the Headwaters of the Mississippi River, the water keeps flowing year-round where the water leaves the lake at the rocks. Lakes are froze over. Visitors are asked to use caution around any ice since ice thickness can vary, especially around any flowing water near streams, creeks and rivers. Enjoy winter birding! Pine grosebeaks, redpolls, nuthatches and chickadees are abundant. Gray jays are back in closer to park buildings. Enjoy winter photography! Recent frosty mornings make stunning photos as the icy crystals glitter in the sunlight.

Trail conditions: poor
Trail groomed? no
Trail base: 0"
Trail mileage: 13.0
Difficulty: all levels (track)  all levels (skate)
Trail conditions: poor
Trail groomed? no
Trail base: 0"
Trail mileage: 31.0

The trail(s):
The trail offers a beautiful look of the mixed forests in northern Minnesota. Travel through wooded areas, around lakes and through one of the most popular parks in the state. Through out the trail, you may see a variety of wildlife, including deer, squirrels, fisher, wolves, fox and otter.
You can snowshoe anywhere in Minnesota's state parks and recreation areas, except on trails that are specifically groomed for another activity, such as skiing or snowmobiling.


  • A warming area is located in the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center.
  • Daily ski passes are sold at the park Visitor Center.
  • Snowshoes are available to rent at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center.
  • Winter Camping is available in Pine Ridge Campground and the backpack sites. Campers can register at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center. For lodging: The Itasca Suites are available to rent year round; featuring seating area, kitchenette, bedroom, and bath.

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Last updated on December 11, 2018. Local snow depth is 3".

Getting there

36750 Main Park Drive
Park Rapids, MN 56470

The trailhead is located in the park, which is 21 miles north of Park Rapids off of Highway 71. Follow park road to the visitor center or Indian Mounds parking lot.

Parking is available at the Visitor Center or Indian Mounds parking lot


Phone: (218) 699-7251
Email: [email protected]
Winter contact hours are 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., daily.

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