Itasca State Park

See where the Mighty Mississippi River begins

Located in Park Rapids, it’s always worth visiting the place where the Mississippi River is born and the visuals are absolutely stunning. You can actually walk across the river as it transforms itself from a moderate trickle into one of the world’s largest waterways.

Today, the park totals more than 32,000 acres and includes more than 100 lakes. Stand under towering pines and visit landmarks of centuries gone by throughout the park. Camp under the stars or stay the night in one of our 45 overnight units. Explore Wilderness Drive past the 2,000-acre Wilderness Sanctuary, one of Minnesota's seven National Natural Landmarks.

More information on lodging, camping & events: Itasca State Park

Photo credit:   Camp Native   Shawn Everhart

Photo credit:  Camp Native Shawn Everhart

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