Itasca State Park

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by TracyJ on July 16, 2003

There is a $7 fee to get into the park unless you have a state park yearly pass. We took the boat tour around Lake Itasca. This lasted about two hours. The history of the park was told to us and any animal sightings were pointed out. We only saw a few cranes, loons, and a deer. There was a bald eagle sitting in a big red pine, but it was very difficult to see from the distance we were at. There is not a restroom on the boat and you need to bring your own beverage.

Douglas Lodge is a restaurant and, I believe, a hotel. We enjoyed a bowl of ice cream to cool off after the 85 degree boat ride. The park built a new visitor center in 2002 and it explains the history and current attractions at the park. There is a gift shop at the Visitor Center and another at the headwaters. We were hit with a severe, but short, thunderstorm that unfortunately toppled a tree onto the scenic wilderness road going around the west side of the lake, closing that road to traffic. We got a couple pictures at the Mississippi River headwaters and decided to head back to the resort since the mosquitos were getting nasty.

I'd like to go back when the bugs aren't so bad. Many people recommend during fall leaf change.

Itasca State Park Mississippi Headwaters
36750 Main Park Drive
Park Rapids, Minnesota, 56470
(218) 266-2100

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