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  Itasca State Park Fall Fun Walk - 1
Saturday, September 14
AVA Sanction ID #1246674

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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 the booklet is being put together, there are plans for a Friday afternoon excursion tour across Lake Itasca from Douglas Lodge to the Headwaters. This 1 hour, 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!



Picnic area near amphitheater.
Register between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.,  finish by 4 p.m.


Award, $9; IVV event book credit, $4; walk only, $4.
Vehicle permit required.

The Trail

Distance and trails: 

Sanctioned for 11km.
The Headwaters Trail will go from the picnic area, walk by Wegmann Store, up to the Historic Sawmill, back by the Burial Mounds and over to Headwaters. From there one may return to the picnic area or continue over to the Schoolcraft Trail for another 2.5km.

Several options are available for those with walking issues.

A shorter 2km trail will follow the bike trail south to the Pine Ridge area of the park and back on the walking trail. Both trails work for strollers and are a mixture of paved bike trail, grassy and hardpack, and are relatively flat.

Event Award


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

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

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 purchase. To order online go to https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/permit.html


Water and is available near the picnic area and parking lot.
NSTT will offer a participant picnic throughout the day for a donation to cover costs.

Event Contacts

For more information call Jim D., 612-925-3393.

For park info call 218-699-7251.

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.

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More about Itasca State Park.

Park Rapids weather.


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