Trail Snow Report
Itasca State Park
Snow conditions continue to change with the intense sun, daytime melting and cooling nights. Trails are icing in the mornings with scattered debris on the surface in many locations. Ski trails are poor but some sections are still covered in snow.
Snowshoe Trails:Snowshoeing is best off trail in the woods where snow can still be knee deep. Snowshoe trails are opening up with some exposed ground and icy conditions.
Ski Trails:Be aware, conditions are changing as the weeks progresses. Track is getting shallow and conditions can be icy early in the morning and starting at sunset. Larger ares of exposed asphalt/gravel are becoming visible, especially on south facing sections. Several locations are showing bare ground along the edges of the trail. Use caution on south facing areas of trail that are in full sun.
Snowmobile Trails:Trails are closed.
Other Nature Notes: Enjoy the Headwaters of the Mississippi River during the last weeks of winter. Watch for trumpeter swans that are swimming in the open water at the Headwaters rocks. The pathway to the headwaters is open for walking all winter. The water remains open at the rocks throughout the winter.
Spring birds are beginning to return to the park. Look for returning trumpeter swans, Canada geese,and Great-blue herons at the open water at the headwaters or along the rive channel. Various hawk species are returning as are the woodcocks. Purple finches have returned. Crows, black-billed magpies, redpolls, chickadees, nuthatches (red and white breasted) and a variety of woodpeckers are starting to make their spring songs! Watch for bald eagles as they return to their nesting areas.
Visitors are advised to use caution around the ice as conditions begin to deteriorate (ice conditions are never 100% safe).
|Trail groomed? yes|
|Trail base: 3"|
|Groomed mileage: 13.0|
|Difficulty: all levels (track) all levels (skate)|
|Trail groomed? yes|
|Trail base: 2"|
|Groomed mileage: 31.0|
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.
- 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.
Last updated on April 05, 2018. Local snow depth is 9".
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.