Park Rapids, Minnesota

Itasca State Park

Park Rapids, Minnesota

Park Rapids, Minnesota
Phone: (218) 699-7251

Sites: 285
Recent Rate: $35 8/2015

Latitude: 47.2237943606023
Longitude: -95.1849031448364

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites no
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • RV Wash RV Wash no
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking ?
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service ?
  • Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • yes-lake Waterfront Waterfront yes-lake
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Business Center Business Center ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities ?
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services ?
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Beach Access Beach Access ?
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp ?
  • Marina Marina ?
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals ?
  • Fishing Fishing ?
  • Golfing Golfing ?
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) ?
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals ?
  • Hiking Hiking ?
  • Spa Spa ?
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit ?
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball ?
  • Sports Field Sports Field ?
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games ?
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment ?
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre ?
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf ?
  • Billiards Billiards ?
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong ?
  • Lake Lake ?
  • Pond Pond ?
  • River River ?
  • Creek Creek ?
  • Ocean Ocean ?
  • Water Park Water Park ?
  • Casino Casino ?

Review Details

Ratings overview

17 Reviews

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Review Count: 14
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

Loved this state park. Roads windy and narrow getting into the park. Only 1 pull through. All other sites back in. Our campsite not really wide but plenty long for 40' motorhome and tow vehicle. Lots of privacy between sites. No water, fill your tanks, 50 amp. Lots to do, lots to see. There are RV parks around Itasca SP, you will not regret staying IN the park. Itasca would be spectacular in the Fall. We will be back. We camped at Itasca State Park in a Motorhome.

Tips for other Campers:

Swimming beach, hiking trails, headwaters of the Mississippi, bike and boat rentals, lodge with dining, gift shops, beautiful lakes and scenery.





Clean Restrooms

Clean Showers

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Review Count: 69
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

Our rate was $23 per night plus the $5 per day entrance fee for an electric only site. Water is available at the dump station. The bike trails are currently closed for reconstruction. There is a lot to do in this park. Walking across the Mississippi and climbing the fire lookout tower were highlights. We would stay here again. We camped at Itasca State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 113
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 40

Date of Stay: October, 2013 - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

Twenty eight per night was for a 50 amp electric only in the Pine Ridge campground. In addition, there is daily parking permit of $5 or you can purchase an annual MN state parking pass for $25, which is good for 12 consecutive months from the date of purchase. Many recreational opportunities are available in the park and surrounding areas including biking/hiking/cross country skiing trails. The headwater for the Mississippi River is located within the park. This first state park in MN has over 100 lakes within this 32,000 acres border. The campgrounds are located at least a five miles drive on windy but scenic paved roads into the park from any of the three entrances. The surrounding area is sparsely populated with the nearest “big store” shopping over 20 miles away. Spacing between sites is generous and most sites are level or need only modest leveling. Pine Ridge campground is heavily treed. We received two bars of 3G on our AT&T phone. There is free Wi-Fi at both campgrounds and a couple of other locations in the park, which worked well. We camped at Itasca State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: May, 2013 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

Beautiful park. Too much to see and do even in 3 full days we were there. Very clean. Extremely friendly and helpful staff. A true gem. We camped at Itasca State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 52
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: July, 2012 - $29.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice State Park. It is a very busy park. There is a lot to do here. You can go up and walk through the Headwaters of the Mississippi River on the north side of the park. I would suggest reservations well in advance here. This park has very good signage marking where things are and how to get to them. We camped at Itasca State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 196
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 12

Date of Stay: June, 2012 - $32.00
Overall Rating:      

Pricey, but very nice. So nice that we are scheming about how to get back here (we are from California and don't tend to get this far north very often) for a longer stay. This state park felt like a national park with so much to do: bike rentals, all kinds of boats for rent, a really nice 4+ mile walk to/from the headwaters from the campground, nice sites. (Yes, a bit unlevel, but there are precious few state parks that aren't.) Well-maintained: I suppose that explains the $$ Dogs are allowed on all trails, which was nice, too. We camped at Itasca State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 167
States Visited: 42
Helpful Reviews: 15

Date of Stay: August, 2011 - $27.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice park with lots of bike paths and hiking trails. Sites are not real level and can pose a problem for a 40' motorhome to get into. Trees could use some trimming to avoid possible scrapes down RV's. Ranger presence was noticeable in the park. Several fellow campers felt the need to go way to fast in the camping area where a 10mph speed limit was posted. Restrooms and showers were very clean and well kept. We camped at Itasca State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 44
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: June, 2011 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

The park is great, with plenty to do for all people. Lots of sites, with a lot of challenging ones for leveling the rig. I think larger rigs would fit, but in some cases would be a tight fit. Quiet. Rangers were visible, and made regular rounds. Now that we've been to this park, we probably wouldn't come back for a while--too many other places to see! We camped at Itasca State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 117
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: October, 2010 - $27.00
Overall Rating:      

This superb park is one of the nicest I have visited in 3 years of full-time RVing! It has two campgrounds. I stayed in Bear Paw which is on the shores of Lake Itasca. Pine Ridge is located away from the water in a wooded area, and also appears to be quite nice. Sites are well spaced, with about half of them having power. Water is located at several central locations only, so bring a full tank. I found a weak Verizon signal in the Bear Paw CG and no broadband connectivity. There are lots of outdoor activities in this large park. The cost stated includes a $5 per day vehicle fee for a motorhome. A free pass is provided for a towed vehicle, but it is not usable for access to other state parks. Annual passes are available for $25 ($18 for a 2nd vehicle). We camped at Itasca State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 46
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: August, 2010 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

Favorite camping experience of the summer. Beautiful park with lots to do. Biking paths, hiking trails, lakes, boat rentals and Mississippi headwaters. Checked in for 1 night and stayed 4. Loved it. This park has moved into my top 5 nation wide. We are full timers. We camped at Itasca State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 72
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2010 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

Large shady sites but not very level. Dirt only sites. Many mosquitoes. Entry roads were narrow and difficult to navigate with 35 foot motorhome. On the plus side: the park is lovely, has many trails, rental boats, bikes. Outstanding visitor centers and gift shops. Standing on the rocks where you can walk across the Mississippi was fun. Many historic buildings. Overall very good state park. We camped at Itasca State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 22
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: September, 2009 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

The sites are spacious with nice shaded areas. We were in site #199 and leveled easily but we saw many that were not. We could not get satellite TV and only got 3 channels on local TV. We had 2 bars on our Verizon cell and broadband card for the computer. This is a very quiet park with lots of hiking/biking trails. This is where the Mississippi River begins and you can cross it on foot at the headwaters at Lake Itasca not too far from the campground. The staff was very helpful and knowledgeable of the area. There is a fire observation tower with 154 steps to the top that had an awesome view of the park! Now on the down side... and why we gave it only a 7 was the showers/toilets were old but clean. And there are very few water spigots in the park and the ones that are there don't have a hose bib connection on them. There is only one dump station for all of the 285 sites and that could be a problem in busier times of the year or weekends. We DID enjoy our 3 days here and would recommend this place to everyone. We camped at Itasca State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 19
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: September, 2009 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

This was a beautiful park with a lot of outdoor activities. You can backpack, hike, bike, canoe, walk or just sit around and enjoy the view of the lake or the river. We had a great campsite near the bike/walking trail with a view of the lake. We enjoyed this park very much. We camped at Itasca State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: June, 2009 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

There is plenty to do -- hiking, boating, bicycling, tour boats -- at Itasca State Park. There is wireless access at the lodge and visitors center. While we were there, there wasn't a mosquito problem we were warned about. Some of the sites are small and would have like more privacy but the trails and bike paths are very well maintained. We camped at Itasca State Park in a Tent Trailer.

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Review Count: 14
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: July, 2008 - $22.00
Overall Rating:      

This state park encompasses Lake Itasca, the beginning of the Mississippi River. The campsite (68) was nice though small. Entry was a little difficult for a 35' motorhome due to proximity and location of trees complicating back-in. We stayed at Bear Paw campground which is the smaller of the two campgrounds and doesn't have wireless access. The larger Pineridge campground does have newly installed wireless access at some sites. Other hotspots are available at the visitor's center and other major areas of the park. Much maintenance is needed both at the campground and throughout the park. The trees need trimmed to allow motorhome access along the drives and campsites. There is also a lot of growth and downed trees along the trails which makes passage more difficult, especially if your health is less than perfect. The growth also aggravates the already horrendous mosquito problem - bring Deek! Minnesota also charges a additional $5 per day access fee for your vehicle though an annual pass is more economical if you will be there at least six days a year. We camped at Itasca State Park in a Motorhome.

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