Itasca State Park

Itasca lodging opportunities

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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.

Interpretive Exhibit

Jacob Brower Visitor Center/Forest Inn/Headwaters Museum/Picnic Area Museum

Stop in the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center to see interpretive displays and exhibits.

Naturalist Programs


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

Historic Site


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


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

Nature Stores are located at the Mary Gibbs Mississippi Headwaters Center, Forest Inn, and the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center. Headwaters shop open early May through mid-October. Forest Inn is open Memorial Weekend through early October. Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center is open year-round.


Within 1 Mile

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


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.


Campground/Park Headquarters

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

  • Campground host sites in both Bear Paw and Pine Ridge campgrounds.
  • Near the Jacob Brower visitor center between the overflow parking lots.
  • Along the cabin line road, near Douglas Lodge.

Ice Sales

Campground/Itasca Sports RentalThis link leads to an external site.

Ice available at the campground registration office, Douglas Lodge, and Itasca Sports rental.


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 to the first Sunday in October.

Public Phones

Many locations throughout the park.


Douglas Lodge

The Lodge is available for banquets, conferences, and weddings. For more information, call Douglas Lodge Manager at 218-699-7227.