Snow Depth and Groomed Trail Conditions

Itasca State Park

Trail conditions:

Spring conditions are occurring with the sunnier days and warm temperatures. Snow is melting quickly with more areas of vegetation/ground appearing daily.

Trails: If out walking in the park prepare for Spring conditions...crusty or icy snow in the morning, soft/slushy conditions in the day and muddy areas appearing throughout the trails.
Nature Notes: Signs of spring are appearing as migrant birds begin to return. Northern harriers, woodcocks, sandhill cranes, American robins, purple finches and other early migrants are coming back. Watching for our winter mammals as they begin to emerge. Chipmunks are out and about as are raccoons and skunks. Red-osier dogwood and willows are turning bright red and yellow-orange. Catkins are extending on alder and hazel. Look for the fuzzy 'pussy willows'. All lakes are frozen, however, ice thickness varies from only a few inches to 15-inches of semi-good/poor ice. Open water is beginning to appear in some bays and areas with springs. Conditions change quickly as we move through spring. Ice is very thin near the headwaters. Check out the webcam on the Itasca State Park homepage to see the park in late winter (or early, early spring)!

Trail conditions: closed
Trail groomed? no
Trail base: "
Trail mileage: 13.0
Difficulty: all levels (track)  all levels (skate)
Trail conditions: closed
Trail groomed? no
Trail base: "
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 April 01, 2020. Local snow depth is 0-8 inches".

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 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., daily.

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