Smaller Area Parks

Boy Scout Triangle

The Boy Scout Triangle, is a small park  located in southeast Grand Rapids along County Road 3.  The park contains a small number of trees, a few benches and a picnic table. This park is across the street from Oakland Park near the Mississippi River.

Drumbeater Island Natural Area

Drumbeater Island Natural Area is a 17-acre island located in Pokegama Lake, south of Grand Rapids. Its acquisition was funded through the cooperative efforts of the Greater Pokegama Lake Association, Blandin Paper Company, Itasca County, and the State of Minnesota. In 2001 Itasca County acquired the island from the Blandin Paper Company with the assistance of a State of Minnesota-Department of Natural Resources Natural and Scenic Area Grant, a Blandin Paper Company donation of a portion of the island, and a donation from the Greater Pokegama Lake Association.

The County Park and Recreation System manages the island as a Natural Area to properly protect the natural and/or scenic resources in perpetuity. There are no developed recreation facilities on the island. Drumbeater Island has important natural and scenic qualities including a maturing old growth forest and possible cultural resources. It also provides an important habitat for wildlife and undeveloped lake shore for fish on an already very developed lake. “Funding for this project was provided in part by the State of Minnesota by Chapter 404, Section 7, subdivision 26 of the 1998 Capital Improvements Bill, better known as the Omnibus Bonding Bill.

Furlong Family Memorial Park

The Furlong Family in the memory of John Furlong donated this property to Itasca County in 2001. It is an eight acre small park and carry-in access located on Loon Lake south of Marble on County Road 69 in unorganized township 55N 23W. The park includes a parking area and a carry-in access (Class 3) to Loon Lake. The natural features of this park include a beautiful stand of Norway Pine and a low wetland.