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Mille Lacs Kathio State Park 

On the Shore of Lake Mille Lacs

Mille Lacs Kathio State Park is located in the Heartland region of central Minnesota near Onamia. It is right on the shore of beautiful Lake Mille Lacs.

Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

How to Get to Mille Lacs Kathio State Park:  Drive west from Onamia on Highway 27 for 1.7 miles. Turn right onto County Road 26 and drive 5.4 miles to the park entrance.

Park Highlights:  

  • More than 40 archeological finds have led to the park’s designation as a National Historic Landmark. Visit the Kathio Interpretive Center to learn about the history of this 10,585-acre park.
  • Naturalist programs are available year-round; these educate visitors about the history of Native Americans in this area and the significance of this area to their culture. The three shallow lakes in the park still produce native wild rice.

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Mille Lacs Kathio’s Natural Attractions: The river, the lakes, and the park trails offer opportunities to view waterfowl, bald eagles, osprey, beaver, loons, deer, coyotes, and many other birds and mammals. The hardwood forest, primarily maple trees, makes this a desirable fall color destination.

Things to Do in Mille Lacs Kathio State Park: The swimming beach and large picnic area include new interactive playground equipment that will keep the children engaged. View vast Mille Lacs Lake from the top of the 100-foot-tall fire tower. Rent canoes or rowboats to get out on the Rum River, Shakopee Lake, and Ogechie Lake.

There are 35 miles of hiking trails in the park, including a self-guided boardwalk that begins at the Visitor Center. There are also 27 miles of horse trails.

Camping in Mille Lacs Kathio State Park: There are 70 drive-in campsites; 22 sites have electrical hookups. In addition, there are 4 backpack-in campsites, 3 walk-in sites, 2 group sites, and a horse camp with 10 campsites. The 5 camper cabins in the park sleep 4–6 people. Call the park for reservations and details. Campsite amenities include picnic tables, fire rings, showers, and flush and vault toilets. Dump stations are available at Father Hennepin State Park and in the town of Onamia. 

Winter activities in the park include 19.8 miles of cross-country skiing trails, 19 miles of snowmobile trails, and 6.5 miles of snowshoe trails.

Snowshoes are available for rent in the park. A popular sledding hill is near the warming house, where you can sit by the fireplace and enjoy a snack and cup of cocoa.

Ice fishing trips to Mille Lacs Lake are popular. 

Camping is available in winter. The park features several types of camping, including electric, non-electric, rustic, walk-in, camper cabins, backpack, horse and primitive group sites.

The park's five heated camper cabins are available for use year-round.

More Attractions in This Region: Visit Onamia and learn more about Native American culture by visiting the Mille Lacs Indian Museum. Shop for authentic Native American crafts at the Trading Post next door. Mille Lacs Lake is the most popular walleye fishing lake in the state. There are many resorts along the lake that schedule fishing charters, if you want to try your luck.

Other State Parks in This Region of Minnesota: Father Hennepin State Park > Crow Wing State Park > Charles A. Lindbergh State Park

Mille Lacs Kathio State Park


15066 Kathio State Park Road
Onamia, MN 56359

Phone: 320-532-3523


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