Trail Snow Report

Itasca State Park

Trail conditions:

Spring conditions are here...With warmer spring temperatures, snow conditions are deteriorating quickly. Conditions range from icy and hard in the mornings and evenings to mushy during the day. Trails are no longer being groomed. Bare ground to over 16-inches of snow in the shaded areas exist in the woods The visitor center lobby will be closing as a warming shelter on Monday, April 1.

Ski Trails: Trails range from very soft with the potential of becoming frozen hard as temps drop below freezing. Watch for icy conditions, exposed rocks and bare spots. Conditions range from poor to fair.

Snowmobile Trails: As of March 20, grooming has ended for the season on the snowmobile trail. Conditions are poor to fair. Trails have numerous bare spots.

Snowshoe Trails: Be prepared for spring conditions: icy in the morning, soggy during the day as temperatures rise and the snow settles and gets sticky. Be aware of bare spots and exposed rocks. Snowshoe Trails include: Dr. Roberts, Brower, Schoolcraft, LaSalle Trail and the self-guided trail by the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center.

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, but ice is deteriorating quickly, especially around springs and moving water. 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 spring birding! Trumpeter swans, Canada geese, juncos, hawks, robins and killdeer are staring to arrive. Also enjoy the woodpeckers, nuthatches and chickadees that are abundant year round. Warm up in the visitor center between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and enjoy the birds at the feeder stations. You never know what new spring migrant will appear at the feeders.

Skiing
Trail conditions: poor
Trail groomed? no
Trail base: 0-4"
Trail mileage: 13.0
Difficulty: all levels (track)  all levels (skate)
Snowmobiling
Trail conditions: poor
Trail groomed? no
Trail base: 0-4"
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.

Facilities:

  • 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 March 28, 2019. Local snow depth is 0-16".

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

Contact

Phone: (218) 699-7251
Email: [email protected]
Winter contact hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., daily.

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