Where the Adventure Never Ends
Nestled between the state forests of Paul Bunyan and White Earth, Itasca State Park is the most tranquil location to immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Minnesota. As you explore its over 32,000 acres of land, you cannot help but be awed by its raw, untouched essence.
Opened in 1891, Itasca State Park is our states oldest and most highly esteemed park. Experience the pride of Minnesota as you wade in the footsteps of American history. See where the great Mississippi River begins its 2,552 miles journey to the Gulf of Mexico, and cross the headwaters as our forefathers did.
Not only is Itasca State Park a beloved tradition for many Minnesotans, but over half a million visitors each year visit the park from places near and far. Within its vast perimeters, you can explore its 2,000 acres of wilderness sanctuary, designated as a National Natural Landmark.
Since its opening Itasca State Park has become not only a natural and cultural landmark, but and enjoyed destination for camping, lodging, and naturalist programs for all ages. You can enjoy numerous recreational activities ranging from canoeing, to picnicking, to snowshoeing and winter camping. This famous park is truly where the mighty Mississippi begins, and adventure never ends.