Itasca State Park

Itasca lodging opportunities

In the area

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Programs & Services

Park Office

Main Park Drive

Park administration building is located adjacent to the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center.

Visitor Center

Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center

For more than 100 years, visitors have come to Itasca State Park to walk across the Mississippi River and hike under the towering pines - landmarks of this grand park. The 13,000 square-foot Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center is where you can gather and discover all there is to see and do in the park before you begin your adventure outdoors. Open year-round with reduced hours in the off season.

Interpretive Exhibit

Throughout Park

Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center/Forest Inn/Mary Gibbs Mississippi Headwaters Center/Picnic Area Museum

Naturalist Programs

Year-round

Stop in at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center to pick up a complete listing of park interpretive programs and events.

Historic Site

Throughout Park

Itasca State Park itself is designated as a National Register Historic District. There are many historic sites within the park.

Tours

Interpretive Programs and Excursion Boat Tours

Special tours can be arranged by contacting the park naturalist. "Step on" naturalist available for bus tours by special arrangement. There is a fee involved for this tour.
Two-hour excursion boat tours of Lake Itasca, visit (Coborns Lake Itasca ToursThis link leads to an external site.).

Gift Shop

3 Locations

Gift shops are located at the Mary Gibbs Mississippi Headwaters Center, Forest Inn, and the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center. Headwaters Center is shop open Memorial weekend through MEA. Forest Inn is open Memorial weekend through first Sunday in October. Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center is open year-round.

Groceries

Within 1 Mile

Groceries are available at the north and east entrances to the park.

Rentals

Bike, Boat, Motors, Canoes, Paddleboards, Pontoons, Snowshoes

Boat, motor, pontoon, paddleboat, kayak, paddleboards, canoe and bike rental located at the Lake Itasca boat access (Itasca SportsThis link leads to an external site.). Snowshoes can be rented at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center.

Firewood

Throughout Park

Firewood is available at the campground office (when open). Self-serve firewood is available throughout the park.

Ice Sales

Throughout Park

Ice is available at the campground registration office, Douglas Lodge and Itasca Sports Rental.This link leads to an external site.

Restaurant

Douglas Lodge/Mary Gibbs Mississippi Headwaters Center

The Douglas Lodge Restaurant is a full-service restaurant located at the Douglas Lodge. Douglas Lodge restaurant menu This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.
The Headwaters Café is a cafeteria-style restaurant located in the Mary Gibbs Mississippi Headwaters Center.
Both are open from Memorial Day weekend through the first Sunday in October.

Public Phones

Throughout Park

Other

Facility Rental

Gatherings
Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center, Forest Inn, Douglas Lodge and Picnic Shelter are all locations available for meetings, conferences, weddings and all types of family gatherings. For additional information or to make a reservation, call the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center at 218-699-7251.