Mille Lacs Kathio State Park has so much to offer and discover. It's 9,000 years of human history and archaeological significance has made it a National Historic Landmark. You can learn about its rich history and all of Kathio's other treasures at the Visitor Center. Climb the 100 foot observation/fire tower and look across the majesty of Mille Lacs Lake. Take part in Mille Lacs Kathio State Park's extensive interpretive/nature programs or get out by yourself and hike on the park's varied trail system. Kathio has a wonderful swimming beach plus canoes or rowboats you can rent for a trip on the historic Rum River and Ogechie and Shakopee lakes. In the winter, visitors can cross-country ski on trails described as the best in Minnesota or take the family sledding on our popular sliding hill. The river, lakes, and park trails offer visitors excellent opportunities to watch waterfowl, bald eagles, osprey, beaver, loons, deer, coyotes, and many others.
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Interpretive Center Hours:
For the remainder of the season the Interpretive Center will be open by appointment for school classes and other groups, call 320-532-3269. Beginning Dec. 9, the building will be open on Saturdays: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
(Updated Nov. 2, 2017)
Here are our staff's top suggestions of things to see and do at the park.
Archaeology at the park:
Petaga Point archaeological site (2008, 43 pages, 5.2 MB)
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Don't move firewood!
Burning non-local firewood can spread invasive species, and it's against Minnesota state law. Learn more. Always buy your firewood at the park, or from an approved local vendor. Find firewood vendors for Mille Lacs Kathio State Park.
Bird Checklist for Mille Lacs Kathio State Park.
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.
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.