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Itasca State Park
Itasca State Park is the oldest and most popular park in Minnesota and is only a 45-minute drive from the Cass Lake area. In the park, you will find the headwaters of the Mississippi River, 6000 acres of old-growth pines, including the largest red pine and the largest white pine in the state, and miles of hiking and biking trails. In the winter, Itasca offers miles of groomed trails for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
Facilities at the park include the Headwaters History Center. Douglas Lodge and Museum, Gift Shop, and bike and boat rental outlets. Activities include weekly naturalist programs during the summer months, guided boat tours on Lake Itasca, the annual Ozawindib Walk (5K or 10K), the Headwaters 100 Bike Ride/Race, and a variety of daily events.
Entrance to the park is 21 miles north of Park rapids on U.S. Highway 71. From Bemidji the park is 30 miles south on US Hwy 71.
A state park sticker or daily permit is required. Lodging is available in campgrounds and cabins in the park. Camping and lodging reservations can be made by calling 1-800-246-2267 or visit their official website by clicking here.
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