Friends of Itasca State Park Lintelmann - Headwaters in the Winter 2022

Happy New Year

We invite you to learn about what we do and encourage you to join us in contributing to the visitor experience at Itasca State Park.

Every season at Itasca is magical. The shorter days, cooler temperatures and fewer visitors provide a different experience of the park. Itasca offers many winter activities, including cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. The Headwaters can be visited all year long. Visit the park and explore something new!   

Let's make 2022 the best ever! Please consider donating to Itasca State Park. Give in in honor of your family member or friend. Your gift is worthwhile and longlasting.  

Check Out the MN DNR Events Calendar

NOTE: If you need a place to stay, the Headwaters Inn formerly known as the Hostel is open this winter. For more information check out the seasonal visitor information.


We are raising funds for a new  Swimming Beach Playground.  In 1995 the founding members of the Friends of Itasca installed a new playground at the swimming beach. Perhaps you know it well, as a place for kids to blow off a lot of energy and as a welcome site for parents and grandparents. However, such popularity takes its toll; and the time has come for a new playground. One that will appeal to and accommodate all children. Friends of Itasca has made this project top priority. We have been busy planning and fundraising and NEED YOUR HELP.

Tap the GiveMN button. It’s as simple as that. Make sure you say that you want your donation to go to the please indicate "For playground equipment" in the Additional Information Box. GiveMN or donate via PayPal 

See what it is like at the Mississippi Headwaters!
Recent 2021 Friends of Itasca Meeting Minutes (pdf)

The Friends of Itasca Annual Meeting is held in the fall. Regular board meetings are held about every 6 weeks.

There are new PHOTOS! Check them out!

The Winter Season is HERE!   

Winter at the Headwaters



Mailing address:
Friends of Itasca State Park
36750 Main Park Drive
Park Rapids, MN 56470