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Minnesota: Mille Lacs Kathio State Park
Posted on Monday, December 26 @ 09:13:58 CST by iljiana

Horse Camping & Trails

15066 Kathio State Park Road, Onamia,
Minnesota 56359-2207

tel: (320) 532-3523

Mille Lacs Kathio State Park has so much to offer and discover. Its 9000 years of human history and archaeological significance has made it a National Historic Landmark. You can learn about its rich history and all of Kathio's other treasures at the Visitor Center located next to the picnic grounds.

Kathio's visitors can experience several different styles of camping year-round or even "rough it" in one of our new heated Camper Cabins. You can climb the 100 ft. observation/fire tower and look across the majesty of Mille Lacs Lake. Take part in Kathio's extensive interpretive/nature programs or get out by yourself and hike on the park's varied trail system. Kathio has a wonderful swimming beach plus canoes or rowboats you can rent for a trip on the historic Rum River and Ogechie and Shakopee lakes.

In the winter, visitors can cross-country ski on trails described as the best in Minnesota or take the family sledding on our popular sliding hill. You can ride on Kathio's 19-mile statewide Grant-In-Aid snowmobile trail system or "take it down a couple of notches" and snowshoe on nearly 7 miles of pristine trail that will take you to places you cannot see in any other fashion.

Mille Lacs Lake is the source of the Rum River which flows through the park. It links three lakes near its headwaters on a trip down to the Mississippi River just over 140 miles away. Two of those lakes, Ogechie and Shakopee, fall within Kathio's borders and provide good fishing and canoeing or boating opportunities. The river, lakes and park trails offer visitors excellent opportunities to watch waterfowl, bald eagles, osprey, otter, beaver, loons, deer, bear, coyotes and many others.

While you're at Mille Lacs Kathio, take some time to visit the Mille Lacs Indian Museum located just two miles north on US Hwy. 169. It is run by the Minnesota State Historical Society and exhibits the Mille Lacs area history from 1680 forward.

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. Some sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Horse Trails:
27 Miles

The best time to ride Kathio's trails is in the fall in September and October. Fall leaf color is at its peak and bugs are at a minimum. Horse trails are minimum maintenance during summer months. In spring and at times in the summer after a big rainfall, trails are muddy. Trails can be very "buggy" during summer months. Horse trails are closed when covered with snow.

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.

For maps, reservations and more information visit the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources at:
MN DNR Mille Lacs Kathio

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