Itasca Moraine Chapter

Itasca Moraine Chapter of the North Country Trail Association

About the Chapter:

photo by Matt Davis

The chapter took its name from the Itasca Moraine, which is the dominant landform over which the trail will traverse. Itasca is an end moraine, formed when the Wadena Lobe stopped moving southward and began its retreat at the end of the Wisconsinan glaciation which took place 75,000 to 10,000 years before the present.

The Itasca Moraine Chapter covers 75 miles of the North Country Trail in Minnesota between Cass Co. 125 within the Chippewa National Forest and a point within Itasca State Park defined as the intersection of the Eagle Scout (NCT host trail) and Nicollet Trails.

Chapter members live throughout Minnesota. Chapter meetings are held in Akeley, Bemidji, Hackensack, Laporte, Park Rapids, Walker and other towns in northern Minnesota.

We invite you to join us for a group hike, workday or Chapter meeting. Use the links below to learn more and connect with us.

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Trail Overview:

The Itasca Moraine Chapter covers 75 miles of the North Country Trail in Minnesota between Cass Co. 125 within the Chippewa National Forest and a point within Itasca State Park defined as the intersection of the Eagle Scout (NCT host trail) and Nicollet Trails. This boundary was established commensurate with the establishment of the Laurentian Lakes Chapter.

Since being formed in the spring of 2002, the Chapter has been engaged in extending the NCT from the west boundary of the Chippewa National Forest through the Paul Bunyan State Forest and Hubbard County tax forfeit forestlands toward Itasca State Park.  In 2004 a spur trail was developed to a backcountry campsite on Waboose Lake.  The campsite has two tent pads, a fire ring and a wilderness latrine.  There is an additional spur trail near Nelson Lake.  This spur trail goes completely around Nelson Lake thus connecting the North Country Trail to the DNR’s Gulch Lakes Campground.  Three additional campsites were added in 2010.  Sprinkle Trail Campground is located just east of Parkway Forest RD.  Kidney Lake Campground is located 1.5 miles east of Hwy 4 and Carter Lake Campground is located just west of Spider Lake Forest RD.

Walker – Trail Town:

Walker is a small city in north central Minnesota, located on Walker Bay along the shores of Leech Lake. The City is the hub of an outdoor recreational mecca featuring the Heartland and Paul Bunyan State Trails and the Shingobee Connection Trail (which form a 22-mile loop bike/hike opportunity), the Chippewa National Forest, and the NCNST. Learn more about the Trail Town of Walker here.

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