Father Hennepin State Park is located on the southeast shore of Mille Lacs Lake. Visitors enjoy a large sandy beach for swimming, two boat accesses, fishing piers and picnic sites with a panoramic view of the lake. The park's 320 acres include two campgrounds and hiking trails that wind through a hardwood forest and along the rocky shoreline of Mille Lacs. The park's original vegetation was northern hardwoods mixed with marsh areas and pines along the lake. The hardwoods provide shade during the summer and spectacular color in the fall.
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The Main gate is closed for the winter. Park is open for foot traffic only. Gate will open April 1, 2018.
(Updated Nov. 29, 2017)
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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 Father Hennepin State Park.
Bird Checklist  at Father Hennepin State Park.
Best time to contact the park:
Summer: Sunday - Thursday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Spring and Fall: Daily, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Winter: Contact Mille Lacs Kathio State Park 320-532-3523.
P.O. Box 397
Isle, MN 56342
41294 Father Hennepin Park Road
Isle, MN 56342
From the town of Isle, go one mile west on Highway 27 to the park entrance.