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Itasca State Park, 36750 Main Park, Drive Park Rapids, MN 56470
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Hours of Operation:
Mon. 08:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Tue. 08:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Wed. 08:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Thu. 08:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Fri. 08:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Sat. 08:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Sun. 08:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Visitor Center open daily 10am-5pm.

Itasca State Park in Park Rapids, Minnesota offers opportunities for families to camp, fish, hike and cross-country ski.

Families exploring rock-bridge at the headwaters of the Mississippi River in Itasca State Park, Park Rapids, Minnesota
The Headwaters of the Mississippi River in Itasca State Park

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8 Ideas for Family Fun at Itasca State Park

  1. Rent a campsite or camping cabin for a fun, family overnight adventure.
  2. Go Fishing. Minnesota residents do not need a license to fish in Minnesota State Parks and the park office has free loaner equipment visitors can borrow. Sometimes park rangers will stop by to give anglers some pointers.
  3. Stop by the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center. It is open year round and gives an overview of the flora and fauna found in the park, with several taxidermy animals on view, interactive kids area, and historical exhibits.
  4. Go birdwatchingBirding Checklist: What to Pack for Birdwatching with list of Minnesota bird species.
  5. Plan your visit around a naturalist program. Scroll to the bottom for a link to the park’s event calendar.
  6. Hike or Snowshoe the park trails.
  7. Visit the Fire Tower. And maybe bring along Headstrong Hallie! : The Story of Hallie Morse Daggett, the First Female “Fire Guard,”  by Local Author, Aimée Bissonette to read in the car during travel time.
  8. Cross the rock bridge at the headwaters of the Mississippi River.

Sign says: "Here 1475 ft above the ocean the mighty Mississippi begins to flow on its winding way 2552 miles to the Gulf of Mexico"
Here 1475 ft above the ocean the mighty Mississippi begins to flow on its winding way 2552 miles to the Gulf of Mexico

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