Directions

Visiting the station

Itasca entrance sign: University of Minnesota Biological Station

The Itasca Station is not open to the general public, or to unscheduled visitors. However, the station occasionally hosts public programming in collaboration with MN state park staff. Check the Itasca State Park website for any upcoming programming held at the station.

Staying at the station

Researchers, UMN academic groups, and approved external groups may stay overnight at IBSL. The station has limited capacity, and priority is given to research and instruction. Review our policies to see requirements, and message IBSL@umn.edu to arrange your visit. Please note that IBSL is not open to the public for overnight stays.


Internal Visitors

To initiate a stay at Itasca Station, please email Station Staff at IBSL@umn.edu with the following information:

  • Purpose of visit to Itasca Station
  • Number of people in group
  • Desired number of cabins
  • Preferred dates
  • UMN EFS chartstring for visit
External Visitors

To initiate a stay at Itasca Station, please email Station Staff at IBSL@umn.edu with the following information:

  • Purpose of visit to Itasca Station
  • Number of people in group
  • Desired number of cabins
  • Preferred dates

In addition, non-UMN visitors will need to show proof of insurance, and sign a Facility Use Agreement. IBSL staff will prepare the FUA after the reservation is confirmed.

Getting to the station

Navigate to the station using Google Maps. You can also use the address below to map your route.

Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories
University of Minnesota
28131 University Circle
Lake Itasca, MN 56470

Two people bike down path in the woods at Itasca State Park