The best camping near Itasca State Park

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Explore the wild headwaters of the Mississippi River at Minnesota’s oldest state park.  

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Fire Tower Pond

1 site · Tent40 acres · Pine Point, MN
Campsite is set next to a large pond, deep in the woods on 40 private acres. The pond is accessible for swimming/kayaking/canoeing. Beautiful Itasca State Park is directly across the road from the property with biking, hiking, nature drives, boating, fishing, equipment rentals, dining and more. Within a few miles are several local eateries. The area has many miles of ATV trails and the Heartland Bike Trail.
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Northland Paradise

4 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents6 acres · Park Rapids, MN
Welcome to the north woods! Camper available next to a small private beach, a larger public beach, two fishing piers, and a boat access onto Long Lake! Also within walking distance to a very nice restaurant. You'll have access to paddle boards and kayaks and assorted water toys for your stay. The camper is a 37 foot '97 Dutchmen Royal that has been updated, it features a queen bed and a full size futon. Sleeps 4. It's a pretty nice spot!
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Sunset Pines MN

71 sites · Lodging, RVs50 acres · Backus, MN
Mike and Loellen discovered Ruttger’s Camping Resort in the winter of 2005 while driving around the area and scanning websites for trailers. We bought a trailer on a seasonal site and have thoroughly enjoyed our summers here ever since! Our sons grew up on the lake, boating and fishing and exploring the area and we have developed a wonderful lake-family. We have watched Bill and Candy Ruttger build the resort into the beautiful property that it is today and feel privileged to have the opportunity to now share it with you. Under our new ownership and with a new name, Sunset Pines MN in January 2023, we are eager to carry on the legacy created by our friends and mentors. We welcome you to enjoy our piece of “Up North” Minnesota lake-life with your family and friends, and don’t forget to enjoy a sunset or two! Mike & Loellen
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I Live in the Country

4 sites · Tents200 acres · Becida, MN
This is home, a realization of a lifelong dream of living in the country.  The land is magical.  Our animals are our family.  Learn more about this land:If you like privacy you'll love our 200 acre haven.  Come up the long driveway the spacious view of the open hay field.  Camp in the open or tucked away in the trees.  You choose the spot as long as it's not in the horse pasture, cow pasture when cows are in, or in the hay field when hay is long before it's cut.  Hay field would be off limits roughly late June to Mid July during optimal growth time and cutting.    We are a 20 minute drive from the North Entrance to Itasca State Park and the Headwaters of the Mississippi.  Also LaSalle Lake Recreation Area is only about six or seven miles down the road.  
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Tumbleweed Base Camp

9 sites · RVs, Tents5 acres · Detroit Lakes, MN
This old homestead belonged to my belated uncle Steve, and after he passed unexpectedly, I had returned to Minnesota from California and wanted to create a warm, welcoming atmosphere for those interested in sharing a peaceful and modest property.  The old barn is a work in progress to eventually become the base to accommodating more travelers and outdoor enthusiasts as finances permit.  After working in the service industry bartending for 14 years and hosting 100+ global travelers via CouchSurfing out of San Diego, I am well versed in creating an inviting space and intend to take the necessary precautions now with the added stresses of Covid-19.  We look forward to meeting you and sharing/swapping stories around the campfire!Learn more about this land:Our property and profile are in constant change as we are in a stage of development, but we look to share our land with those seeking to enjoy a warm, welcome environment for those fellow wanderers, outdoor enthusiasts, vagabonds, and globetrotters. I am a well-traveled backpacker myself and share 5 1/2 acres with my father here in a bustling little touristy town. We enjoy the company of those who endorse small footprint, sustainable practices and I eventually intend to create an eco-hostel from the conversion of our 100 year old barn.  All we ask is that you respect the property, our neighbors, and make an effort to add one more new friend before you depart.
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The Off Grid Oasis

4 sites · Lodging50 acres · Elbow Lake, MN
The Off Grid Oasis offers luxurious tents nestled on an old growth ridge overlooking a spring fed lake. Hike out to the island and enjoy a rest in the hammock or take a cruise on a paddle board. (Kayaks and Kennedy pedal pontoon also available) Take a hike on exclusive Oasis trails with the option of going as far as you want with the North Country trail intersecting ours. Tents are furnished with a queen sized bed, two chairs which make a long twin, dressers, and more. With our property being the only private on the lake it has extremely low traffic and can have it to yourself most of the time 😊! We have a total of four tents available. Inquire about weekly rate discounts!
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Willow Acres an RV Resort

8 sites · RVs, Tents25 acres · Park Rapids, MN
Being in the resort business my whole life, I had a dream of developing this one of a kind property into something I could share with vacationers. To build something that has never been done. Travelers that experience these sites agree they are truly exceptional!Learn more about this land:Check out the web site for Willow Acres in Park Rapids! parkrapidsrvpark. comDo you want to get off the beaten path and get away from the crowds? Then this Park is for you! Sit under the stars by you fire with no one else around!All sites are PULL THROUGH, level and wooded, which offers great privacy. Full hook ups with 50 amp service, water and sewer. Easily accessible. Great camper setup area.There are many local amenities near by and tourist attractions nearby. 5 minutes from town and approximately 20 minutes from Itasca State Park. Rental opportunities are available by Weekly $175, Monthly $550.
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Loon lodge

3 sites · RVs, Tents22 acres · Elbow Lake, MN
Nestled on the shore of Bad Medicine Lake. Abundant activity opportunities, hiking biking swimming fishing the list is endless, use you adventure spirit. Just a few miles from Itaska State park and the headwaters of the Mississippi River. There are hiking trails including the Northland Trail system . Come and explore what nature has to offfer
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Camp Robco

3 sites · RVs, Tents40 acres · Laporte, MN
Our 40 acres is mostly open, some is mowed short, some is a hay field, some is filled with wild flowers, butterflies abound! Camp overlooking our small private airport east-west or north-south runways. Catch the Paul Bunyan State Trail just a little over a mile north in Laporte, MN. Laporte's Grocery Store has the best meat market! Walker, MN (13 miles south) has some quaint boutiques and amazing coffee shops.
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Forest Cleanse on 40 Acres!

2 sites · RVs, Tents40 acres · Nevis, MN
We are so excited to offer this very secluded property with nothing but wilderness all around you. Hike, Bike, visit the Mississippi Headwaters, shop in Park Rapids, or hit the famous Iron Horse Smoke House in Nevis! This place will remind you of the finer things and refresh your soul! You get 40 Acres all to yourself!Learn more about this land:You will not find a place like this! Ducks, Geese, Beaver, Deer and everything right out the front of your tent! Overlooking a huge Beaver Lodge with trails around the water to Hike. Raised enclose stands to sit and watch wildlife. Best of all, you get the entire 40 acres of Woods all to yourself! IMPORTANT NOTE - Rustic Seclusion is not for Everyone. This is for unplugging and enjoying the finer things in life. If thats you, this is your paradise. You must drive to Fishing and Swimming from here.  Under 10 minutes to Dorset, Nevis and Park Rapids. 
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Eagle Ridge

1 site · RV10 acres · Frazee, MN
Learn more about this land:On the lake, canoe and kayak provided, wilderness trails for hiking, fishing, mountain biking, fire pit, 10 minutes from Detroit Mountain, 1 mile from Heartland Bike path, and enough crickets and frogs to sing you to sleep!
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Wolf Lake Woods Rustic Retreat

1 site · RV, Tent30 acres · Frazee, MN
Secluded spacious tent or smaller RV/ camper campsite set way back on a private wooded road on our 30 acre property surrounded by farm land, woods, wetlands and a pond. Private pond borders campsite. Close access to nearby lakes and state forest lands provide ample fishing, swimming and off roading opportunities as well. Less than 1 mile from town of Wolf Lake for convenience while still offering seclusion and privacy!
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The best camping near Itasca State Park guide

Overview

About

The crown jewel of the Minnesota state park system, Itasca State Park in northern Minnesota offers two main campgrounds, several cabins and lodges, and more than 32,000 acres of glacier-carved wilderness. A must-do is walking across the headwaters of the mighty Mississippi River before it begins its 2,552-mile journey to the Gulf of Mexico. But don’t miss the other park highlights, including towering old-growth white and red pines, historic sites, a scenic drive past a wilderness sanctuary, more than 100 lakes, and recreational opportunities that include hiking, biking, fishing, swimming, and canoeing. In winter, explore groomed and ungroomed trails on skis, snowshoes, or snowmobiles. 

Notable campgrounds

  • Best for lake views: Bear Paw Campground offers 79 RV and tent camping sites, including the aptly named Lakeview Loop on the shores of Lake Itasca.
  • Best for convenience: Pine Ridge Campground offers 155 sites, and is the closest to the headwaters of the Mississippi and historic sites such as the Indian Cemetery.
  • Best for escaping the crowds: Eleven backcountry sites sit away from the crowds, each with a fire ring and pit toilet.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  1. Plan ahead. Campsites can be reserved up to 120 days in advance, either by phone or online.
  2. All campsites, including backpacking sites in winter, require a reservation. Same-day reservations can be made with no fees.
  3. If your plans are flexible, plan for a less busy time, such as a weekday or non-holiday period. If you plan to camp in winter, be aware that options are limited.

When to go

Itasca State Park is busiest during July and August. Besides the crowds of people, you’ll also meet lots of bugs. Visit in spring and summer to see orchids in bloom, and fall to see the foliage change colors. Campsites are only open from May to October, with the exception of backpacking sites and select electric sites at the Pine Ridge Campground. Winter is a great time to visit to escape the crowds—just be sure to bundle up, as temperatures often drop below freezing.

Know before you go

  • Some campsites offer hookups and can accommodate RVs up to 60 feet. Both campgrounds have two ADA-accessible sites, restrooms with flush toilets, and hot showers. Find a dump station at the Bear Paw Campground.
  • Canoes, kayaks, pontoon boats, and bikes can be rented within the park.
  • The park has several gift shops, plus a seasonal restaurant inside the Douglas Lodge. Groceries can be found near the north and east entrances.
  • Wifi is available at the Mary Gibbs Mississippi Headwaters Center, the Visitor Center, the Pine Ridge Campground, and the Four-Season Suites.
  • Campers should only burn approved firewood, which is available at the Visitor Center and from camp hosts.

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