Resorts in the Park Rapids area are popular, and so is Itasca State Park (pronounced 'eye-TAS-ka'). The iconic Mississippi River starts here and winds more than 575 miles through the state. It's hard to believe that the world's third-longest river starts its journey as a small wilderness stream.
Each year, visitors from around the world come to Itasca to step across the Mississippi at its source. The significance and beauty of the headwaters area was recognized long ago, and it was preserved as parkland in 1891, making Itasca Minnesota's oldest state park. An excursion boat, hiking and biking trails, a historic lodge and stands of virgin pine are among the main attractions. This park is considered a Minnesota "must see" and certainly worthy of your bucket list.
If the water level is low during your visit, getting across the rocks is relatively easy. But if the water level is high, the rocks can get slippery. Stepping carefully and slowly is important to keep from getting more than just your feet wet! When families return from their visit to the park and I ask the kids, "Who fell in this year?", invariably it leads to a story about grandpa, or mom or dad, or even themselves, with excitement and laughter as the experience is now forever in their memory banks.
Until next time ~~ Jennifer
Jennifer and Bob Bateman own and operate Two Inlets Resort which is located just 10 minutes from Itasca State Park. The majority of their resort guests spend at least one day (and sometimes two) enjoying the beauty of this treasured state park.