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Where to go: A drive through the park is always a good way to see fall colors at Kathio. Favorite hiking trails include the self-guiding Touch the Earth Nature Trail and the Kathio Landmark Trail. As fall color progresses, a climb to the top of the 100-foot observation tower offers a spectacular view.

What you'll see: Red maples are in full color. Sugar maples are 40 to 50% toward their peak color. Birch and aspen trees are beginning to turn yellow, while the oaks remain green. Colors are progressing nicely, and quickly. Look for excellent color this coming weekend and into the first days of October.

Also of interest: A good day to visit the park will be Saturday October 4th, when the Minnesota Archaeological Society hosts Kathio Archaeology Day. A full day of demonstrations and activities will be offered, along with great fall color watching opportunities.

Last updated: September 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.