Itasca State Park Naturalist Programs
MONDAY, JULY 8 9:30—11:30 a.m.
I Can Fish! Pre-registration Program Meet at the Lake Itasca fishing pier (located below Douglas Lodge) Show your kids the fun of casting into the water and the excitement when there's a tug on the line! These hands-on programs teach all of the basics, from fish identification to casting. You and your family will be ready to begin a lifetime of memories on Minnesota's lakes and streams. Programs last approximately two hours. Ages five and older. Participants under age 18 must be accompanied by a registered, participant, parent or legal guardian. $7/person, children under 12 are free with a registered adult. Preregistration is required: Learn more at: https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/ican/fish.html Register at: https://reservemn.usedirect.com/MinnesotaWeb/activities
10 a.m.—Noon Itasca’s Mysteries in History: All Aboard to the Mallard Ghost Town Bring your vehicle to the first parking bay on your left at the Mary Gibbs Mississippi Headwaters Center. This is a CAR TOUR. A logging railroad spur once reached Lake Ozawindib in the early 1900’s. Gigantic pine logs were floated across the lake in spring, loaded onto railroad cars and moved on to the town of Mallard and points beyond. See remnants of this spur during this car tour as we go to the site on Ozawindib Lake where the spur came to the shore. Continue on to the ‘ghost town’ of Mallard 6 miles north of the park, as we learn of the logging days’ boom and bust of this community.