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Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

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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: Black ash trees are near their peak of golden color, but they comprise a small portion of the overall forest. A few Red maples are beginning to change. The remainder of the forest remains green.

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 17, 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.