Best of Itasca – The Book

The Best of Itasca: A Guide to Minnesota’s Oldest State Park, written and photographed by Deane Johnson, available now!

Enjoy everything Itasca State Park has to offer with this detailed guide to hiking, biking, camping, lodging and skiing in the park and also La Salle Lake State Recreation Area, published by Adventure Publications in May, 2014.  In additional to a detailed hiking guide to the park’s trails, the book includes fascinating stories from Itasca’s colorful past, and the prehistory and natural history of the land.  The book is designed for both the day visitor and for those who wish to explore the park in more depth.  With 200 color photographs and historic photos, the book also serves as a keepsake of your visit to this memorable park.  Available at Itasca gift shops, Beagle Books in Park Rapids, and other area stores, the 272-page book sells for $14.95.


Best of Itasca:  Highlights of the park’s favorite iconic sites

A Guide to Itasca:  Planning your Trip, Lodging, Camping, Activities, Water Sports, Winter Sports, Children, Pets

La Salle Lake State Recreation Area and Scientific Natural Area:  Hiking and Activities in these brand new and rapidly developing areas just north of Itasca

Hiking in Itasca:  A detailed milepost guide to all of Itasca’s hiking trails, incuding directions and highlights.

Cross-Country Skiing Guide

Backcountry Camping

Natural History:  Highlights of plants and animals that are prominent part of Itasca State Park’s natural treasures.

History:  Highlights of Indigenous history, early explorers, the fight to establish Itasca State Park, early settlers, the Jefferson Highway, Civilian Conservation Corps, Itasca pageants, and park buildings and development up to the present.

The author, who is from Park Rapids, Minnesota, also photographed and worked with his wife, Jill Johnson on their 2011 book, Little Minnesota: 100 Towns Around 100.  A book signing and release party will be held at Beagle Books & Bindery in Park Rapids at noon on Saturday May 10, and a presentation and guided hike is scheduled for Itasca State Park at 10 AM on Saturday, July 12, at Forest Inn.

Please note:  All photographs on this website are Copyright Deane Johnson, and may not be used without permission.  Thanks!

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