Itasca State Park

and the Headwaters of the Mississippi River at Lake Itasca


A Place of Beginnings, established in 1891, Itasca State Park is Minnesota’s oldest state park. Renowned for the Headwaters of the Mississippi River and its majestic pine forests, this 32,000 acre park is a famous natural and cultural landmark in North America. It offers a wide array of opportunities to discover the beauty and history of our area.

Wonders to enjoy at the Park:

  • Step across the Headwaters of the Mississippi River.
  • Learn through the naturalist and exhibits at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center, open year-round.
  • Visit the Mary Gibbs Visitor Center at the Headwaters.
  • Drive or bike through towering stands of red and white pine.
  • Get a birds-eye-view from the historic 100′ tall Aiton Heights Fire Tower.
  • Hike the North Country National Scenic Trail.
  • Enjoy fishing or boating on Lake Itasca.
  • Eat at historic Douglas Lodge built in 1905.