Itasca State Park

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  • Lake Itasca State Park: Headwaters of the Mighty Mississippi (#300)

    Mar 15, 2006 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Beautiful lake. Mississippi River. Water Recreation. Camping. Historical sites. Hiking/Biking trails.
    Cons: Short visitation season, unless you like cold weather.

    Summary: Lake Itasca is a beautiful, shimmering, tree-lined lake tucked away in far northern Minnesota. The surrounding area is heavily wooded and only lightly populated. Here, the lake waters trickle across a rocky shoreline, and mark the beginning of the ... read more

  • A landmark state park

    Oct 23, 2006 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Forests, lakes, visitor center. Big pines!
    Cons: You will have plenty of company on summer and fall weekends.

    Summary: Itasca State Park is Minnesota's oldest, and second largest (St. Croix is just slightly larger). Also, it boasts by far the most amenities of any Minnesota State Park, including higher cost lodging, restaurants, as well as 2 large visitor centers and ... read more

  • Something for all ages, Nature at its best

    Oct 1, 2005 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: wilderness, pure untouched nature, while yet being easily accessible.
    Cons: none, really none that I can think of

    Summary: Well, I am not going to go on about its size.... and all that but more or less note a few things why I go back to Itasca once or twice a year. Pick your fancy: Hiking, Biking, Kayak/Canoeing, ... My wife and I have explored many of its lakes and the ... read more

  • A piece of Minnesota the way it used to be.

    Aug 22, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Numerous sights, good hiking, old growth forest
    Cons: Insects

    Summary: Itasca was Minnesota's first state park, founded in 1891, and is still one of the most important. ... read more

  • A Loon A Loon......

    Jul 15, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Wonderful beauty, Lakes abound, Nature alive, Loons and other wildlife.
    Cons: Bring mosquito spray, or you will get eaten alive.

    Summary: Having just gotten back from a Minnesota 2 and a half week vacation, I can tell you that I now know some of the beauty and sounds of the North Woods. On one of our days spent way up there, which is a far piece away from ... read more

  • Itasca State Park Revisited

    Jul 1, 2000 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Nature At Its Best
    Cons: State Bird (Mosquito) A Little Loud At Night

    Summary: Itasca State Park, located in northwestern Minnesota, is a great place to visit. Because it contains the headwaters of the Mississippi (which one can wade through or walk on with varying ease, depending on the season), its non-indigenous discoverer ... read more

  • The Headwaters of the Mighty Mississippi River

    May 30, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: History, Beauty, Adventure, Family Fun
    Cons: Hard to get to, Finding Lodging Nearby

    Summary: The Mississippi River begins its 2,552 mile journey to the Gulf of Mexico from its headwaters in beautiful Itasca State Park. From its ankle-deep source, the mighty Mississippi River winds its way through Minnesota - from the northern wilderness through ... read more

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  • A must visit park for hikers

    Nov 2, 2003 by
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    Pros: Great Scenery, History, Trails and Facilities.
    Cons: Bugs, Crowds (In the main area), and unpredictable weather.

    Summary: I have stayed in the modern campgrounds at Itasca only once, and they were still very rustic. Since I have camped there the facilities have been revamped, though. I have hiked a couple of the parks trails, and it really is a neat experience. There is n ... read more

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