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Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

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Where to go: Favorite hiking trails include the self-guiding Touch the Earth Nature Trail and the Kathio Landmark Trail. A climb to the top of the 100-foot observation tower offers a spectacular view.

What you'll see: Most of the leaves have fallen. There are some aspen trees still sporting yellow leave, tamaracks in the wetlands continue to have golden needles, but for the most part "the show is over."

Also of interest: Waterfowl migration is underway, and will continue into November. Although not in large numbers, we are seeing ducks, geese and swans on Ogechie Lake.

Last updated: October 24, 2014 

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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.