Snow Depth and Groomed Trail Conditions

Mille Lacs-Kathio State Park

Trail conditions:

Our cross-country ski trails are groomed and in good condition. All trails are two track classic skiing trails except for the loop out to Black Bass Lake which is packed for skate skiing. Stop by the park office for trail maps, ski passes, vehicle permits and equipment rentals between 9:00 am and 3:30 pm on weekends and most weekdays. On weekdays, call ahead for equipment rental arrangements.

Trail conditions: good
Trail groomed? yes
Trail base: 3"
Trail mileage: 20
Difficulty: all levels (track)  
Trail conditions: good
Trail groomed? yes
Trail base: 3"
Trail mileage: 19

The trail(s):
All trails are wooded and wind through ten thousand acres of state park land. Ski trails are easy going through river and lowland areas, moderate going through rolling upland forests and difficult in the wooded glacial terminal moraine areas. Seven miles of snowshoe trails take you to areas not available at any other time of year. Snowmobile trails go through different types of terrain and also connect to the greater Minnesota Grant-In-Aid trail system. Mille Lacs-Kathio has trails for every skill level and every taste. The park is host to deer, fisher, coyote, raptors and often porcupine are seen in the treetops.
You can snowshoe anywhere in Minnesota's state parks and recreation areas, except on trails that are specifically groomed for another activity, such as skiing or snowmobiling.


  • Mille Lacs Kathio has a trail center with fireplace and bathroom facilities.
  • Daily Ski passes are sold at the park office. Annual or 3-Year passes are sold anywhere hunting and fishing licenses are sold.
  • Cross Country Ski rental is available for $10.00/ day. Snowshoe rental is $6.00/ day.
  • Mille Lacs-Kathio offers five camper cabins throughout the winter months. They have heat, electricity and light but no running water in the cabins. Reservations can be made at 1-866-857-2757. Regular campsites are also available with electric hook-up. Call the park for details.

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Last updated on January 12, 2022. Local snow depth is 14".

Getting there

15066 Kathio State Park Road
Onamia, MN 56359-2207

Trailhead is eight miles north of Onamia or 14 miles south of Garrison on Highway 169 to county road 26. Go 3/4-mile to park entrance.

Parking is at the trail center and picnic area.


Phone: 320-532-3523
Email: [email protected]
For rental, hours are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday office hours are 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. On weekdays, please call to see if someone will be in the office.

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