Itasca State Park36750 Main Park Drive
Park Rapids, MN 56470
21 miles North of Park Rapids on US Hwy 71. From Bemidji the park is 30 miles south on U.S. Highway 71.Get Directions
Established in 1891, Itasca is Minnesota's oldest State Park. In this 32,000 acre sanctuary, the mighty Mississippi River begins its 2,552 mile journey to the Gulf of Mexico. Points of interest include old growth pine at Preacher's Grove, Peace Pipe Vista, bison kill site and over 100 lakes. The historic Douglas Lodge includes rental rooms, cabins & the Itasca Suites. Great birding site for Common Loon, Black-backed woodpecker, Alder Flycatcher, Winter Wren and more. Cross-country ski trails.
In addition to Itasca State Park's more than 200 campsites, the park is home to "Minnesota’s Own Resort," the historic Douglas Lodge, located near the Mississippi Headwaters. It contains guest rooms, meeting rooms, a dining room, lobby & office. A variety of other lodging facilities are available, from log cabins to the Clubhouse, a ten-room log building ideal for family gatherings.
Nestled within you will find the Itasca Wilderness Sanctuary. Established in 1939 within Itasca State Park at the suggestion of the Minnesota Academy of Science, to preserve a part of the wilderness character of the state that existed prior to logging and settlement. In 1965, it became Minnesota's first National Natural Landmark. Most of the Sanctuary (1601 acres) was designated a state Scientific and Natural Area in 1989, as the finest example of Great Lakes Pine Forest in north-central Minnesota.
The SNA is located along the western side of Lake Itasca and protects roughly two miles of undeveloped shoreline along the lake. A mosaic of eighteen native plant occupies the site, dominated by fire-dependent red pine–white pine forest communities.
More than 280 native plant species have been documented here, including several varieties of lady's-slipper orchids. State-listed plant species include but are not limited to Oakes' pondweed (endangered in Minnesota), cuckoo flower and goblin fern (both threatened in Minnesota).
Hours & DatesBook an online reservation 24 hours a day. Phone reservations can be made by calling 866-857-2757 (TTY: 952-936-4008) Apr–Sep, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Daily; Oct–Mar, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mon – Fri and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat & Sun CT.
- Daily camping maximum: $31.00
- Daily camping minimum: $17.00
- Daily indoor maximum: $510.00
- Daily indoor minimum: $85.00
- Weekly indoor maximum: $2970.00
- Weekly indoor minimum: $480.00
Park permits: $35 annual, $26 second vehicle, $12 handicapped, or $7 daily. Camping fees are separate. Call for rates. 218-699-7251
- Open in fall
- Open in winter
On-Site Facilities & Services
- Children's programs (scheduled, supervised)
- Evening entertainment (regularly scheduled)
- High-speed Internet available
- Located on a lake or river
- Bicycle rental
- Bike trail
- Canoes or kayaks available
- Cross-country ski trail (groomed)
- Fishing boat motors available
- Fishing boats available
- Hiking trail
- Lake/river access (boat ramp)
- Pontoon boat(s) available
- Snowmobile trail (groomed)
- Snowshoes available
- Swimming beach
Indoor Lodging Amenities
- Accessible to disabled
- Air conditioned units available
- Fireplace in room(s)
- Accommodations for tour groups of 40 or more
- Unit(s) that accommodate groups of 10+ people
- Housekeeping (self catering)
- Energy efficiency/conservation
- Waste reduction/reuse/recycling
- Number of cabins: 13
- Number of rooms in lodge building: 7
- Number of units in condominium arrangement: 16
- Total indoor lodging units available in winter: 12
- Total number of indoor lodging units: 38
- Accessible to disabled
- Can accommodate groups of 45 or more
Number/Type of Campsites
- Number of tent-only sites: 22
- Total number of campsites: 237
- Total number of campsites available in winter: 12
- Camping accessible to disabled
- Flush toilets in campground
- Group camp facilities
- Hookups available in winter
- Hot showers in campground
- Lodge/central building
- Pets allowed in campsite
- Sanitary dump station
- Secluded campsites
- State Parks Campgrounds
Length of Stay
- Daily rental available
- Daily site rental
- Weekend rental available
- Weekly rental available
Meetings & Conferences
- Banquet facilities maximum capacity: 100
- Facility accommodates meetings for 30 or more
- Meeting/convention facilities maximum capacity: 100
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
Based on 502 reviews
The lodge area, kayaking, and the headwaters facilities are so well done. The headwaters access and information center are national park quality. The $9.00 entry fee was well worth it.
— barkus1968, August 2, 2020
This state park is well established and there is something for everyone! There are many hikes, but you can also see the main sites by driving through the park. Wading through the Mississippi...
— 733katrina, July 29, 2020
We visited Itaska State Park to be at the headwaters of the Mississippi River. It was great to see the little stream flowing from the lake that eventually becomes "Big Muddy". We got to walk across...
— JohnP13147, July 27, 2020
Loved this state park and I've hit a lot in MN. It's very family oriented, but for a single gal with a pup, I stuck to the back trails, found a boat launch by the head of one of them and swam there...
— megsanders3, July 27, 2020
This park is an absolute gem for Northern Minnesota. Even if the Mississippi River didn’t flow from the heart of this place, it’d still be one of the most beautiful and peaceful places around. You...
— DSP_MPS_Gmail, July 26, 2020