15066 Kathio State Park Road, Onamia,
tel: (320) 532-3523
Mille Lacs Kathio State Park has so much to offer and discover.
Its 9000 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
located next to the picnic grounds.
Kathio's visitors can experience several different styles of camping
year-round or even "rough it" in one of our new heated Camper Cabins.
You can climb the 100 ft. observation/fire tower and look across the
majesty of Mille Lacs Lake. Take part in Kathio'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. You can ride on Kathio's 19-mile statewide Grant-In-Aid
snowmobile trail system or "take it down a couple of notches" and
snowshoe on nearly 7 miles of pristine trail that will take you to
places you cannot see in any other fashion.
Mille Lacs Lake is the source of the Rum River which flows through
the park. It links three lakes near its headwaters on a trip down to
the Mississippi River just over 140 miles away. Two of those lakes,
Ogechie and Shakopee, fall within Kathio's borders and provide good
fishing and canoeing or boating opportunities. The river, lakes and
park trails offer visitors excellent opportunities to watch waterfowl,
bald eagles, osprey, otter, beaver, loons, deer, bear, coyotes and many
While you're at Mille Lacs Kathio, take some time to visit the Mille
Lacs Indian Museum located just two miles north on US Hwy. 169. It is
run by the Minnesota State Historical Society and exhibits the Mille
Lacs area history from 1680 forward.
The camp has 10
sites and a maximum capacity of 40 horses. Flush toilets are available
but no showers. Horse Camp has picket lines at each site. For
reservations contact the state park reservation service by phone or
online. Some sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
The best time to
ride Kathio's trails is in the fall in September and October. Fall leaf
color is at its peak and bugs are at a minimum. Horse trails are
minimum maintenance during summer months. In spring and at times in the
summer after a big rainfall, trails are muddy. Trails can be very
"buggy" during summer months. Horse trails are closed when covered with
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.
For maps, reservations and more information visit the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources at:
MN DNR Mille Lacs Kathio