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Northern Lights

While spectacular sunrises, sunsets, and dark, starry night skies consistently capture hearts and minds in the Heartland Lakes, few can compare with the magic of aurora borealis. Most common in the fall and winter when dark skies set in early, the northern lights are a must see.

Aiton Heights Fire Tower

Originally erected by the MN Division of Forestry in the 1920s, the Aiton Heights Fire Tower was moved to Itasca State Park in 1937 and now provides stunning panoramic views of Minnesota’s oldest state park.

Lake Itasca Tours

Complete the Itasca State Park experience by going for a boat tour on the Chester Charles II. The daily wildlife tours provide incredible views of wildlife while sharing the history of the Schoolcraft Expedition, Native Americans, logging, Civilian Conservation Corp and Jacob Brower’s founding of the Park in 1891.

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