Itasca State Park MN
Updated: May 8
Itasca State Park in Minnesota is a must-visit destination for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. It is home to Itasca Lake, which is the primary source of the mighty Mississippi River. Visitors to the park can experience the awe-inspiring moment of standing at the beginning of the mighty river that flows through the heart of America. Itasca Lake itself is a beautiful and serene body of water that spans over 4,000 acres. The lake is surrounded by forests and is a popular spot for fishing, boating, and swimming during the summer months.
The park offers a range of activities for visitors to enjoy, from hiking and biking to camping and wildlife viewing. The park has more than 32,000 acres of pristine wilderness, which is home to an abundance of wildlife, including deer, wolves, and black bears. The park has over 100 miles of hiking trails that meander through the forest and offer stunning views of the lake and surrounding landscape. Visitors can also explore the park's historic sites, including the Itasca Indian Cemetery and the Mary Gibbs Mississippi Headwaters Center, which offers interactive exhibits and displays about the history of the Mississippi River and the park's natural wonders. Overall, Itasca State Park and Itasca Lake provide a truly unique and unforgettable experience for visitors to Minnesota.
It was fun to visit here and stand where the Mississippi River gets its beginning.
Lorna's Tips and Lessons
This State Park is home to the headwaters of the Mississippi River. After visiting, we regretted not planning to stay for at least one night to fully explore. This experience reminded me of the importance of researching and considering local and state campgrounds in the area when planning future trips.