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Lodging Options at Itasca

Cabins - General Information:

17 bunkhouse cabins are available May - September for academic groups and researchers. Bunkhouse cabin accommodate anywhere from 6 to 10 students per cabin. Some bunkhouse cabins have toilets and sinks; showers and laundry facilities are located in two central bathhouses. There are no cooking facilities in these cabins, so occupants must eat in the dining hall. Bunkhouse cabins are not available to rent from mid-October through early May.

17 faculty cabins are available May through September for academic groups and researchers. There are 8 faculty cabins kept open year-round. Faculty cabins are modern with full kitchens (dishes, cookware, microwaves, refrigerators and coffeemakers) and bathrooms.

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Additional information regarding cabin features is available here.  Contact Program Administrator Laura Domine at for more information.

Cabins for Recreation 

*Please note that cabins are NOT available for recreational use during the summer season when courses are in session: approximately mid-May through mid-September.  Continue reading for information about cabins for recreational use.

Current University of Minnesota faculty, staff, and students are eligible to rent cabins for recreational use mid-October - early May, provided space is available. Academic and research events take priority over recreational use of the Station. If necessary, recreational visits may be re-scheduled to accommodate academic or research activities.  


The small Station campground can accommodate up to six tents during early May - September. The campground building provides bathrooms, showers, refrigerators and food storage. There are no cooking facilities, so campers may choose to cook with a camp stove, grill or purchase meals from the dining hall in advance. The Station campground is open only to graduate students, postdocs, and researchers visiting short term. 

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