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Review Count: 283
States Visited: 37
Helpful Reviews: 48
Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $31.00
The rate noted is for a 50 amp hookup site. It does not include the required daily entry fee or purchase, as we did, of an annual pass for motorhome and towed vehicle for $43 per year.There are two campgrounds in this park, Pine Ridge with 158 sites and Bear Paw with 81 sites. They are about three miles apart; we stayed at both since we could not get a single site for the time we wanted to stay. Be aware that, although the address of the park is Park Rapids, it is about 25 miles north of the town. Both campgrounds are heavily wooded, with Bear Paw having more vegetation for visual separation and a calmer feel; Pine Ridge is very open with no visual separation. Bear Paw is along the lake and a few sites have glimpses of the lake. Both campgrounds are very busy and full during prime season as this is one of the states premiere park with lots of things to do. In Pine Ridge we had 50 amp hook-up; the power either went out or browned out once or twice per day during our visit. At Bear Paw we were dry camping. Fill water for tanks is at the single dump station at Bear Paw. It is very busy since there is only this one dump for all 231 sites! Most sites were fairly level dirt/gravel. After a heavy rain, our site became a swimming hole, almost. We enjoyed our stay and would stay here again. In planning, take into account the 4 p.m. check-out time. We camped at Itasca State Park in a Motorhome.
There is hiking, biking a boating within the park. There are many trails, but you will have to contend with a healthy batch of mosquitoes. Also, because of a recent storm, there were trees across many of the trails. You can take a tour boat on the lake or rent a boat to take out on your own. There is a great bike trip combining the paved bike path with the Wilderness Loop road. Come well stocked as groceries are a long way away.
Review Count: 90
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 17
Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $31.00
This state park is absolutely beautiful. It is well used but still kept very clean. We camped in the Oak and Spruce Loops. A paved trail takes you to the lake front where you can enjoy the lake, swim, fish, and rent bicycles and boats. There is a nice sand beach with shallow water and a sand bottom. The lake is gorgeous. It is shaped like an inverted "Y", and each arm is very thin, so you can see the green forest on the other side. The headwaters of the Mississippi are at one end of the lake. The water is shallow there, so you can wade and take your picture walking across on stepping stones.
The campsites have electricity only. Some of the water sources along the road are set up for you to fill your tanks, others are not. The dump is in the Bear Paw campground a mile or so away. The campsites are spacious and widely spaced. Ours was level.
There is lots to do here. Bring your bicycles, everyone gets around on bikes. There is an extensive paved trail system for bicycles throughout the park. There was a very nice playground on our loop that was always full of happy children. If you get tired of doing things, you can always just sit back and enjoy the peace. A very lovely spot. We camped at Itasca State Park in a Motorhome.
Bicycle, kayak, beach, headwaters of the Mississippi.
Review Count: 17
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 2
Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $35.00
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.
Swimming beach, hiking trails, headwaters of the Mississippi, bike and boat rentals, lodge with dining, gift shops, beautiful lakes and scenery.
Review Count: 7
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 1
Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $25.00
When we drove in to get a site my husband was sick and the lady at office was very helpful. we got a site right next to the bathrooms. I am not usually the one to back into site and a very nice gentleman came out and helped me back it in. The area is beautiful and well worth a stay...want to go back and stay longer.
There is fishing, hiking, biking, there is an area for swimming. Great area to go to also for peace and quiet.
Be ready to enjoy taking hikes on their beautiful trails and bring a bike if you have one; otherwise, up the road is a place to rent one. Love this campground,well taken care of, plenty for all to do or sit back and listen to the quiet. The road back is even pretty. We camped at Itasca State Park in a Travel Trailer.
Review Count: 69
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 5
Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $28.00
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.
Review Count: 120
States Visited: 34
Helpful Reviews: 54
Date of Stay: October, 2013 - $28.00
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.
Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 1
Review Count: 64
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 5
Date of Stay: July, 2012 - $29.00
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.
Review Count: 196
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 14
Date of Stay: June, 2012 - $32.00
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.
Review Count: 190
States Visited: 43
Helpful Reviews: 23
Date of Stay: August, 2011 - $27.00
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.
Review Count: 44
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 3
Date of Stay: June, 2011 - $25.00
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.
Review Count: 117
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 8
Date of Stay: October, 2010 - $27.00
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.
Review Count: 46
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 1
Date of Stay: August, 2010 - $24.00
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.
Review Count: 72
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 1
Date of Stay: July, 2010 - $24.00
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.
Review Count: 22
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 1
Date of Stay: September, 2009 - $24.00
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.
Swimming beach, hiking trails, headwaters of the Mississippi, bike and boat rentals, lodge with dining, gift shops, beautiful lakes and scenery.MapReader • August 2015
Bicycle, kayak, beach, headwaters of the Mississippi.ShoreXplorers • August 2016
There is hiking, biking a boating within the park. There are many trails, but you will have to contend with a healthy batch of mosquitoes. Also, because of a recent storm, there were trees across many of the trails. You can take a tour boat on the lake or rent a boat to take out on your own. There is a great bike trip combining the paved bike path with the Wilderness Loop road. Come well stocked as groceries are a long way away.TheJim • August 2016
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