Best of Itasca Presentation

Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center, Itasca State Park

We are still booking fall events for Little Minnesota and Deane’s book The Best of Itasca: A Guide to Minnesota’s Oldest State Park. The Best of Itasca features stories from the park’s history that connect with some of our favorite trails.  Presentations can be tailored to a time format of 30 minutes to 2 hours, and can focus on any of the topics covered in the book:  hiking, skiing, biking, camping, lodging, history, or a combination of any of these.  The powerpoint format allows us to use historic photographs,  maps, and photos of the trails and natural treasures of the park as they are today to enrich your future Itasca experience.  Last year we spent a lot of time on Itasca history and park development, but this year’s talks will focus on scenic and natural wonders and how they relate to the early days of the park.  “Best of Itasca:  What not to miss!”

Deane has presented to everyone from Sons of Norway to several groups of school-age children, so there is no age barrier!

During our Little Minnesota presentations we are talking about small towns throughout the state, and have been adapting our talk and choices of towns to fit the region and interests of the audience.



Best of Itasca: What not to miss!

Old Timers Cabin is on Dr. Roberts Trail. This portion of the trail is ADA accessible.

During this special photographic tour of the highlights of the park, we will visit some of my favorite spots and tell some favorite stories.  Perhaps I will even let slip with a secret or two.  Don’t miss it!

Best of Itasca

Best of Itasca, cover
Best of Itasca, cover

The Best of Itasca: A Guide to Minnesota’s Oldest State Park, is available at book and gift stores throughout Park Rapids, Bemidji, Dorset, and surrounding area.  Itasca State Park also is offering the guidebook in its gift shops — look for special offers though the park.

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 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.

A book signing and release party was 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.  Other events are pending, please see events calendar for regular updates.