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Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

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Where to go: Climb the 100-foot observation tower for a spectacular view of the park and for a "bird's-eye view" of remaining fall colors.

What you'll see: Fall color is past its peak, but a look from the top of the observation tower will reveal some remaining color. Walk the Touch the Earth interpretive trail for a look at tamarack trees in their full golden spendor.

Also of interest: Migrating waterfowl "flock" (literally!) to Ogechie Lake in the last days of October and into November. Get a warm, comfortable look at ducks, geese and swans through the picture windows of the interpretive center, which is open on Saturdays from 10am to 4pm.

Last updated: October 21, 2013 

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Getting there

15066 Kathio State Park Road
Onamia, MN 56359

Go to mile post marker #221 on US Hwy 169, about 8 miles north of Onamia. Watch for the Kathio Arrowhead sign and take County Road 26 for about a mile, to the park entrance.


Phone: 320-532-3523

Email: millelacskathio.statepark@state.mn.us

Best time to contact the park:

Daily, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

If no one is available, please leave a message and we will return your call.