Father Hennepin State Park

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Father Hennepin State Park is located in the Heartland region of central Minnesota on the south shore of Lake Mille Lacs and near the town of Isle.

Father Hennepin State Park

How to Get to Father Hennepin State Park: Drive one mile west of Isle to the park entrance.

Park Highlights:

  • Lake Mille Lacs is the second largest lake totally within the borders of Minnesota and one of the most popular walleye fishing lakes in the state. The park’s shoreline access to the lake is a huge draw as people can fish from the two fishing piers or right from shore. You could also bring your own boat. In addition to walleyes, (which are still "catch and release" while the population recovers) you can expect to catch Northern pike, bluegills, sunfish and bass.  
  • If you don’t enjoy fishing, you will still enjoy this park for the lakeside campground, the swimming beach and the sheer joy of being on the shore of this beautiful lake. The beach here is on our list of Top 10 Minnesota Beaches.
  • Father Hennepin is the smaller of two state parks on the shores of Lake Mille Lacs. The other is Mille Lacs Kathio State Park.

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Father Hennepin’s Natural Attractions: In addition to the lake itself, a primary attraction is the pine, birch and maple forest that rings the lake. The beautiful fall foliage on these trees makes the area a favorite leaf-looking destination in autumn.

Birds commonly seen here include ruffed grouse, hawks, ospreys, owls, and eagles. This is also one of the last nesting places of the endangered common tern. Deer are often seen and you might catch a glimpse of an albino deer.

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Things to Do in Father Hennepin State Park: An excellent hiking trail will take you through the woods and along the lakeshore. Hike past the swimming beach and out to the lookout at Pope Point. 

Reserve one of the two picnic shelters and gather friends and family for a day at the lake. The Beach Shelter is an open shelter. The Lakeview Shelter is enclosed and has electric outlets, a fireplace and a deck that overlooks the lake. This shelter is also used as a warming house in winter.

Camping in Father Hennepin State Park: The two campgrounds are located in the wooded areas of the park. There are 103 campsites for tents and RVs; 41 sites have electrical hookups. Six group campgrounds accommodate 12, 15, 20 or 25 people each. Picnic tables, a playground, fire rings, drinking water, showers, flush and vault toilets and a dump station are available.

More Attractions in This Region: Visit the Mille Lacs Indian Museum that is run by the Minnesota Historical Society. Grand Casino Mille Lacs is nearby. Come in winter for the ice fishing when the lake is populated by up to eight thousand “ice shanties.” Some of these are as well fitted out as any upscale lake cabin. Visit nearby Isle, Minnesota

Other State Parks in This Region of Minnesota: Mille Lacs Kathio State Park > Charles A. Lindbergh State Park > Crow Wing State Park


41294 Father Hennepin Park Road
Isle, MN 56342
Phone: 320-676-8763
Fax: 320-676-3748
Email: fatherhennepin.statepark@state.mn.us

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