Snapshot virtual tour
Welcome to the Father Hennepin State Park virtual tour! In this journey you'll take in a warm summer day at the swimming beach, check out a variety of camping options at two different campgrounds and enjoy a sunset from Pope Point. We hope it prompts you to visit the park in person sometime soon.
Father Hennepin State Park has one of the few public sandy beaches on Lake Mille Lacs. The beach picnic area includes a volleyball court, horseshoe pits, playground equipment and an open picnic shelter that can be rented.
Beach - West Side
With a quarter mile of sandy beach, there is plenty of room outside the designated beach area to tie up your boat and relax.
Beach - East Side
The area just east of the swimming beach offers a quiet setting to enjoy the beach, as well as a great view of the lake and Pope's Point to the west.
Public Boat Ramp
One of two boat accesses in Father Hennepin State Park, this access is available for use by the general public and can accommodate larger boats and pontoons. There is a large parking lot for vehicles and trailers.
One of two fishing piers in the park, this pier is within walking distance of the public boat landing parking lot. It is located along an asphalt path and is wheelchair accessible.
Campers Boat Ramp/Docks
The boat ramp and docks located in the Lakeview Campground are used primarily by campers, as there is no parking lot for vehicles. Two docks provide overnight mooring for boats.
The Lakeview picnic area at Father Hennepin State Park has a nice open grassy area with tables and grills. If you're looking for a quiet spot for a picnic, this is the place for you!
The Lakeview shelter can be rented for family get-togethers and weddings. It has a large stone fireplace, picnic tables and electricity—and from the deck, you'll have an excellent view of the lake!
Lakeview Campground Shore
Benches located along this rocky stretch of shoreline offer an excellent view of the lake.
Lakeview Campground Site
The seven sites located in the Lakeview Campground rank among the most popular at Father Hennepin State Park, due to their view of the lake and easy access to the boat landing.
Lakeview Camp Electric Site
The Lakeview Campground hosts 62 campsites, 41 of which have electric hookups. This campground also has a modern restroom with showers, playground equipment and a fish cleaning house.
Maple Grove Campground
If you are looking for a more secluded camping experience, the Maple Grove Campground might be for you! This campground features 42 non-electric campsites and a modern restroom with showers.
Maple Grove RV camping
The non-electric Maple Grove Campground features longer parking spurs, so it can accommodate motorhomes and RV trailers for those who would like a quieter experience and don't mind running their units from battery power.
Family Hike Along Park Roads
Hiking is a popular past time at Father Hennepin State Park. The park offers 4.5 miles of hiking trails, and is located within four blocks of the Soo Line State Trail.
Father Hennepin State Park's six rustic group camp sites are wonderful if you have a large group that wants to camp and enjoy nature together!
Have you tried geocaching yet? This relatively new sport is perfect for families to do together—you'll use GPS units to find caches hidden around the area. Minnesota state parks offer an introductory geocaching program, and Father Hennepin State Park has several loaner GPS units visitors can check out for free. Ask about it at the park office—we'll get you going with geocaching in no time!
Pope Point at Sunset
Located at the end of one of our most popular hiking trails, the Pope Point overlook is a wonderful place to watch the sun set over the lake.
South Fishing Pier
The south fishing pier provides good perch and crappie fishing during certain times of the year, as well as a great spot to view wildlife in a wetland setting.