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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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, it has been a fulfilling endeavor. 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 like to establish meaningful connections.  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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Northland Paradise

2 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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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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RV There Yet Campground

19 sites · RVs80 acres · Akeley, MN
The 80-acre property is carved out of a Norway pine plantation. Sites are approximately 10,000 square ft. in size with about 50 ft. of trees between each site for semi-privacy. We have tried to maintain a balance of nature while making the sites as RV friendly as possible. Although the property is located in the country, it is located along a state highway for easy access and there are three towns and many amenities and recreational venues within 15 minutes drive. Currently no hook-ups, but there is a yard hydrant and dump station. There are also portable restrooms on site. More details at https://rvthereyetcampground.com/
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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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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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Velkommen to Norske Camp!

5 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents8 acres · Backus, MN
I bought this land near Pine River in August 2018. I wanted to have my own hunting land and something that was close to town and trails. A property that had a potential of multi-recreational use for people to enjoy while visiting. There are about 40 acres of county land surrounding three sides of the property. The main trail on my land goes thru the majority of the county land and loops back connecting to my main trail again.
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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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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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Mikko Kamp on the 4th Crow

2 sites · RVs4 acres · Nevis, MN
Very private 4 acre campsite in stand of Norway Pines and Birch overlooking the 4th Crow Wing Lake. Not off grid, but close to it. There is no potable water, just a peaceful Pine and Birch wooded area overlooking the lake. This location has two power stands 175ft apart. (20, 30, 50 amp Electric) and a Glamper. Ideal if you’re camping with friends/family. Pull your RV's in or pitch a tent and stay as long as you like. 8 miles south of Nevis in the Heartland Lakes area. Adjacent 8 acres of 'Common Use' woods and picnic area with dock for fishing. Or bring a canoe/Kayak to launch. 4th Crow is NOT a recreational lake, but great for fishing, waterfowl and wildlife spotting. Fire pit, picnic table and swing on site. 9 miles from Heartland Biking Trail and within 3 miles of OHV/Snowmobile trails access. Each power stand is $38/night, Glamper is $49/night. Take all three for $99/night. No wifi, and cell service is not so good except at the entrance. Wonderful public swimming beach 3 miles away on Big Stony Lake.
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The Heart of Paul Bunyan Forest

1 site · RV2 acres · Laporte, MN
This has been a special property for us, its 2 private acres in the heart of the forest. Make sure you have a compass! This is prime property, especially if you are an ATV or OHM enthusiast! This puts you in the heart of it all! 10 minutes from Stomping Grounds, Akeley and Fort Benedict Outpost!IMPORTANT NOTE - Rustic Seclusion is not for Everyone. This is for unplugging and enjoying the finer things in life. If that's you, this is your paradise. You must drive to Fishing and Swimming from here.  Under 15 minutes to Akeley or Walker. Learn more about this land:We are very excited to share this super Private 2 acre property in the heart of the Paul Bunyan forest within 200 yards of the ATV trailheads in both directions. Very Awesome camping for those that just want to get away! If you don't ride, that's ok, you will never find a better forest cleanse than planting yourself in the middle of 100,000 acres of natural forest! Property has 3 cleared spots for Campers and multiple spots for tents. There is an AFrame on the property that you will not have access to. You get this spot all to yourself!
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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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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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