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Itasca State Park Fall Fun Walk - 2
Sunday, September 15
AVA Sanction ID #126675

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What else is happening this weekend?

Itasca State Park has tons of things to do while you visit.

Friday afternoon we’re hoping to offer a boat trip on Lake Itasca. The regular tour boat is not operating this year, but we hope to rent a pontoon from Itasca Sports to offer you some time on the water! Itasca Sports also has bikes (regular and e-bikes) as well as other water sports equipment for rent, just down the road from our registration area at the picnic shelter on Saturday. Their autumn hours may be shortened depending on the weather but have advertised to be open on weekends in September.

The NSTT Board rented the Clubhouse for the weekend and
you are invited there for a Friday night campfire in the back yard. Saturday night we’ll do another hobo soup supper at the Picnic Shelter. More information will be coming on those activities.

Remember, if you’re camping, reservations open 120 days prior to your first day, so mark your calendars!


NOTE Change to registration area!
Start/finish: Club House Picnic Area
behind Douglas Lodge, across the wooden bridge

Start times: You may start anytime between 9 a.m. to noon,
and finish by 3 p.m.

We ask that you print the registration sheet linked below,
fill it out and bring it to the event along with your payment.

Sanctioned for 10km.

The 6km will take you down to Mary Lake and to an out and back spur along the lake. This is a narrow trail with one small hill that could be slippery if it’s wet. [Not recommended for strollers.] Then the trail will go a short distance on the park road to the Ozawindib Trail where you follow it to a cut off that takes you to the Aiton Fire Tower. Wide hilly trails with moderate inclines.

The 4km takes you on the Dr. Roberts Trail looping around through the forest and by the Old Timer’s Cabin, which is featured on this year’s awards banner.

Event Award


Calypso Orchid leather pin, $9;
IVV event book credit, $4; walk only, $4.

  Special Program!

At 5 p.m. on Friday, September 13, we’ll have a special presentation at the Forest Inn by Connie Cox, Itasca Naturalist.  

Greetings From Itasca! Stories Revealed from Postcards Sent Home

Friday, September 13, 2024, from 5-6 p.m.

Meet inside Forest Inn, across from Douglas Lodge

Join the naturalist as we look back on the beauty of postcards and the stories they reveal about Itasca State Park. Before social media, postcards were a way to share your Itasca State Park adventure with family and friends. Enjoy this PowerPoint presentation as we explore old postcards from Itasca State Park. The interesting captions on the back capture the spirit of the scenes depicted on the front. Hear the voices from the past, as we share special messages written on the back by the person who sent the postcard.

Getting There

36750 Main Park Dr., Park Rapids, MN 56470. South entrance to the park is 23 miles north of Park Rapids on U.S. Highway 71. From Bemidji, the east entrance is 30 miles south on U.S. Hwy 71 and 1/10 mile north on State Hwy 200. The north entrance is 21 miles south of Bagley on state Hwy 92/State Hwy 200.

State Park Vehicle Permit

A state park vehicle permit is required when you enter any state park.
Daily permits cost $7.
An annual permit can be purchased for $35 and entitles you to an unlimited number of visits to any and all Minnesota State Parks for 12 months after date of purcha
se. To order online go to

Water and restrooms are available on site.
NSTT will offer a participant picnic
for a donation to cover costs.

Event Contacts

For more information call Donna, 612-529-0552.

For park info call 218-699-7251.

For regular camping go to

Weather for Park Rapids.



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