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Old 08-22-08, 03:18 PM   #1
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Lake Itaska (sp?)

Got all the hay in the barn and the corn and soy beans arnt ready yet. SOOOOO A friend and I are thinking of riding up the mississippi to the head waters and hang out at Lake Itaska (sp?) for a few days then ride back along the river. Anyone know anything about Itaska park and or the hostle there? Figure we will take about a week to get there unless we get side tracked then a few days expolring and a week to get back.
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Old 08-22-08, 03:28 PM   #2
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I was there about two weeks ago! It was pretty cool but not really worth more than a few hours to look around and maybe hike some of the trails. There's also a very overpriced bike shop that does mostly rentals but could maybe possibly do repairs if anything on your bikes goes wrong.

The lake is a big tourist attraction so there are two campgrounds (both RV heaven) as well as the hostel. My friends and I originally wanted to go for the hostel but they were charging $27 a night for individuals or $20 a night for each of the 4 of us if we took a 4 person room. Needless to say, we went with the campgrounds ($20 a night split 4 ways).

Considering that you're only a few days away it might make a nice trip. Also, northern Wisconsin was my favorite part of the tour, especially Rt. 13 after Ashland (awesome town btw).
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If you're doing internet searches, the spelling is Lake Itasca. I've never been up there (silly relatives, why must vacationing be in the Great North Woods?) so I don't have much else of help.

Depending on where you are in WI, you might be able to take some of the state trail system. Last time I looked tho, the only linkage between our system and the MN system was pretty far north... everywhere else, it looks like you'd have to take a bridge with cars.
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