Itasca State Park Naturalist Programs Dining at Douglas Lodge & at Mary Gibbs Cafe
Douglas Lodge will be closing for the winter season at 5 p.m. on Sunday, October 7. There is still time to get your favorite meal. Manager Gina and Assistant Manager Jeff are excited for you to come out and try the all-new menu. They are offering scrumptious homemade meals and appetizers including many items that feature Minnesota foods (walleye, wild rice, maple syrup and blueberries). The creamy wild rice soup (YES! It is served daily) is a perfect warm-me-up meal after hiking. Or try the popular fish tacos made with Red Lake walleye (a BIG hit!) Try the homemade Seafood Lasagna, made with Red Lake Walleye, or the Spaghetti and Meatballs with homemade wild rice meatballs. Classic favorites are still on the menu including: the Itasca Burger, Wild Turkey, the Reuben and the famous Itasca Malts. Now you can buy the famous Itasca sugar cookies whenever you want them. Cookies will be available for purchase daily. Great family food served from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. NEW: the lunch menu service has been extended…order off the lunch menu from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Hours: Breakfast: 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.; Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Dinner: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Dining in the Park: the Mary Gibbs Café:
Looking for a quick meal before heading out on the trail, or a cooling ice cream cone after a long day on the trail, the Mary Gibbs Café will be offering new items as well as soup and salad bar, pizza and ice cream. Hours for the café are daily 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. They will close for the season at end of day on Sunday, October 7.
Take Home a Memory: Souvenirs and More!
Snuggle into a wearable memory from Itasca—check out the new fall line-up of sweatshirts and t-shirts. The ever-popular Douglas Lodge China is still available for purchase. Stop at Douglas Lodge to see the display of available pieces. The china is sold at the Forest Inn gift shop. (Forest Inn features books and northwoods themed apparel and gifts). The Mary Gibbs Gift shop, featuring food stuffs and Mississippi Headwaters items, and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For those looking for a northwoods themed item, check out Forest Inn Gift Shop (across from Douglas Lodge). Use your receipt from dining at Douglas Lodge for a 20% discount off of one clothing item at Forest Inn Gift Shop (exceptions apply; refer to your receipt for details). Forest Inn open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Forest Inn Gift shop will be closing for the winter season at the end of the day on Sunday, October 7. The Mary Gibbs Gift Shop will close for the winter season at the end of the day on Sunday, October 21.
Headwaters in autumn—Watch the Webcam!
Watch the fall colors change along the shores of Itasca. Ash and tamarack will be turning yellow. Check out the mallard duck family that is hanging out along the rocks. Check out the webcam. Is your family going to the park but you can’t join them? Have them text you when they are at the headwaters and watch them from home! Watch the webcam and see if you can spot any beavers making their way towards the headwaters in evening.
Go to: Mississippi Headwaters Webcam Side note: some users with Android systems might have problems viewing the webcam.