Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

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Camping & Lodging


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Drive-in Sites

70 Sites

All sites are secluded and shaded by forest canopy. The park's 19 semi-modern sites are walking distance to showers and flush toilets. Kathio's 26 rustic sites have vault toilets and water available on site, but it is a 1 1/2 mile walk/drive to the showers. Kathio has 22 electric sites (3 sites are pull-through and 2 are wheelchair accessible). The park also has 3 walk-in sites.

Pull-Through Sites

3 Sites

These are located in the Petaga Campground electric loop.

Electric Sites

22 Sites

30 amp, 125 volt, and 20 amp, 110 volt outlets available at each site. Electric sites all located in Petaga Campground.

RV Length Limit

60 Feet

Length is measured from front of tow vehicle to rear of vehicle being towed.

Wheelchair Accessible Sites

2 Sites

Backpack Sites

4 sites

Glacial Ridge Campsite: adjacent to a large beaver pond on a wooded glacial ridge.
Kanketanka Campsite: overlooks a woodland pond.
Black Bass Campsite: located on the south shore of Black Bass Lake.
Sunset Meadow Campsite: located in an oak and maple forest on the edge of a meadow of sedges and other wetland plants.

Walk-in Sites

3 Sites

These sites are private, wooded sites located approximately 100 yards from your parking area. Sites are within walking distance of the shower building in the Petaga Campground. Each site has a fire ring, picnic table and level area for a tent.

Horse Camp

10 Sites

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.

Group Camp

2 Sites

Sites include vault toilets and hand pump for water. No showers. Tents only.
Site 1 - accommodates up to 15 people. Located along the Rum River, about 100' from parking area.
Site 2 - accommodates up to 45 people, also along the Rum River. 100 yards from the parking area.


Camper Cabins

5 Cabins

1 cabin sleeps 5 (wheelchair accessible), the other 4 cabins sleep 6 each. All cabins have electricity, heat and a screened porch. All are available year-round. Pets not allowed. More information on camper cabins.

Sanitation Facilities


Wheelchair accessible

The showers are available on a seasonal basis from May through mid-October. Showers are located in the Petaga Campground.

Flush Toilets

Wheelchair accessible

The restroom building in the Petaga Campground is available on a seasonal basis from May through mid-October. The restroom building in the picnic area is also available May through mid-October. Flush toilets in the Trail Center building are open year-round.

Vault Toilets

Throughout Park

Vault toilets are available year-round.

Dump Station

Kathio’s dump station is open seasonally from May to mid-October.