Itasca State Park

Two Hour Boat Cruise & Dinner at Rapid River Logging Camp

July 31, 2019


     When was the last time you were at Itasca State Park in northwest Minnesota?  People come from all over the world to marvel at the serene birthplace of the mighty Mississippi River.  Maybe this would be your first visit to Minnesota’s oldest state park or it’s been a few years since you discovered this wonder of Mother Nature.  Join Laura and Gary Block on Wednesday July 31st as we travel to northern Minnesota, enjoy a two hour cruise on Lake Itasca, spend a little time at the headwaters and indulge in dinner at Rapid River Logging Camp outside of Park Rapids. 

     We depart Little Falls at 9:45 a.m. from the northeast corner of the Wal-Mart parking lot and our Andy’s Charter Service motor coach will also pick up in Randall and Motley or anywhere else on our route. Lunch is on your own at a fast food restaurant in Wadena. It’s back on the motor coach as we travel to Itasca State Park.  Once we enter the park, sit back and take in Mother Nature’s beauty all around us as we travel to Lake Itasca.  Welcome aboard the Chester Charles II, the only river boat at the source of the Great Mississippi River.  We’ll follow the same route Henry Schoolcraft did when he recorded the source of the river in 1832 on our two hour naturalist narrated cruise on Lake Itasca. See and learn about the real Itasca.  After we return to shore, we’ll take a break at the Mary Gibbs Visitor Center which features exhibits on the river history and cultural importance.  If you’d like, this is the time to take the short walk to the origin of the Mississippi or do some shopping at the center.  It’s a short drive for dinner at the Rapid River Logging Camp near Park Rapids.  Loggers were noted for being very hardy eaters.  A logging camp’s reputation for having the best food got the best workers.  The tradition of excellent food has been carried on at the Rapid River Logging Camp.  It’s an all-you-can-eat dinner, served home style, with roast beef, roast pork, chicken and dressing, BBQ ribs and ham. Dinner also includes mashed potatoes and gravy, macaroni salad, coleslaw, baked beans, onions, pickles, cornbread and a Logger’s Donut. We’ll be returning to Little Falls around 9:30 p.m. Give us a call and sign up today for a wonderful time. 


Ø  Comfortable Andy’s Charter Service motor coach transportation

Ø  Two hour narrated boat cruise on Lake Itasca

Ø  Itasca State park and Mississippi River headwaters

Ø  Rapid River Logging Camp all-you-can-eat lumberjack dinner near Park Rapids

Ø  Taxes and meal gratuities

Ø  Fun and prizes

Ø  Hosted by Laura and Gary Block

Ø  Cost  $79


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Send payment to:  Gary Block Tours, 112 SE 4th Street, Little Falls, MN  56345