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Lake Itasca

Lake Itasca, MN
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Wonderful lake at the headwaters

View the lake from the headwaters or along the drive to the east entrance. It is a great view... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Lake Elmo, Minnesota
Lake Itasca State Park

Beautiful lake near Douglas Lodge and cabins in the park. Worth stopping in and visiting. Great... read more

Reviewed 17 October 2016
North Dakota
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Lake Itasca, MN
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

View the lake from the headwaters or along the drive to the east entrance. It is a great view anytime - we were there in the early spring when there were few people. It can get crowded in mid summer.

Thank OneAddictedTraveler
Reviewed 17 October 2016

Beautiful lake near Douglas Lodge and cabins in the park. Worth stopping in and visiting. Great paths to walk, eat at the lodge (seasonal?) and just sit outside and enjoy the great outdoors.

Thank TakinLotsaPictures
Reviewed 6 September 2016

Nice lake to visit, right on one of the walking trails in Itasca state park. You can walk right down to the shore off of the trail.

Thank NorthDakotaMexico
Reviewed 23 August 2016

This park contains gorgeous old growth pines (300+ years old), as well as newer areas with all the native plants you'd expect . . . wildflowers, berry shrubs, conifers and oaks. The lakes range from charming pothole lakes, to the iconic Lake Itasca where you...More

Thank SunnyStPaulMN
Reviewed 13 July 2016

Really nice place to visit. To think the " 'Ol' Man" is born right here. Pretty amazing to think about that. Nice walk down to the headwaters. Lovely to see the kids in the water, especially along the wooden walkway. Very pleasant place. We didn't...More

Thank Barbara W
Reviewed 3 June 2016

Traveling around Lake Itasca via the excursion boat run by the Coborn Family - it was a beautiful, relaxing and peaceful trip.

Thank BobandMunda
Reviewed 17 November 2015

This is an absolute must see in Minnesota. The park and lake are beautiful! I have only been there in the fall and winter and both times were nice. There are two visitor centers that do an excellent job of explaining how the lake was...More

Thank Kelly B
Reviewed 4 October 2015

Mississippi headwaters begin here.Its a nice place in the Itasca State Park. I visited this place in Fall and colors were amazing. Excellent trails for biking and hiking. Rentals are available easily in the park. Amazing place for family vacation.

Thank Shridhar G
Reviewed 15 September 2015

This is a beautiful attraction in the beautiful state of Minnesota! I was able to stand where the Mississippi begins. Pretty cool. There are a few trails, a store where you can buy trinkets of Lake Itasca and a "museum" that explains the wildlife and...More

Thank Fer13
Reviewed 3 September 2015

With that said, it is exactly what you would picture! A Minnesota lake should be surrounded with pines, maple and oak trees. There is a swimming area in the park and a marina to rent boats and canoes. I only gave it 4 stars because...More

Thank Veinurse
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