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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. At the time this booklet is being put together, there are plans for a Friday afternoon excursion tour across Lake Itasca from Douglas Lodge to the Headwaters. This 1hour, 45 minute tour will not only include seeing wildlife along the way, but interpreters will talk about the real history of Itasca, including the Schoolcraft Expedition, Native Americans, logging, Civilian Conservation Corp and Jacob Browers founding of the park in 1891. Cost is $20/ person.

The NSTT Board hopes to be renting the Clubhouse for the weekend and may invite you there for a Friday night campfire on the lawn. 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!


Start/finish: Visitor Center

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 7km 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 3km 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.

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 Jim, 612-925-3393.

For park info call 218-699-7251.

For regular camping go to

Weather for Park Rapids.



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