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Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

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Address: 15066 Kathio State Park Rd, Onamia, MN 56359-2207
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+1 320-532-3523

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Decided to do a quick drive through the park as it was a cloudy rainy day. Drove back to the camping area and must say this is a beautiful park. It had snowed just a little the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Kris P
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Decided to do a quick drive through the park as it was a cloudy rainy day. Drove back to the camping area and must say this is a beautiful park. It had snowed just a little the night before and the snow patches here and there made the park look magical. With all the trees I am guessing this will... More 

Thank Kris P
Onamia, Minnesota
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Reviewed 19 April 2017 via mobile

Just a peaceful place to drive through. May get to see dear run freely. A quiet place to find peace as well.

Thank Flo L
Big Lake, Minnesota
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8 reviews
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Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

We spent an afternoon at the park. The fire tower is a highlight but the climb to the top is challenging. Historical sites and walking trails are excellent. The fall colors were beautiful - oaks, maples and aspen. We plan on going back again!

Thank PoffJay
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6 reviews
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Reviewed 2 September 2016

We could not stay--the bugs were taking out big chunks of flesh, flying into our eyes and ears etc. Left after 10 minutes.

Thank Pat S
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Reviewed 5 August 2016 via mobile

My family and I have enjoyed going to Kathi every year for the past 12 years (sometimes multiple times a year) and there is literally something for everyone! Observation tower for the brave, Hiking, swimming, fishing, camping, history, not to mention unlimited wild life experience, a great place to go to get in touch with nature and I learn something... More 

Thank bataloca
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7 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

I have visited Kathie state park for many years. When camping the rangers are very helpful. The trails are clean and easy to follow. There is a sledding hill in the horse camp area with wood stove and full indoor picnic area; area learning center, swimming, park, and fishing. Those are just some of the stuff it's a great stop!!

Thank Megan O
Blaine, Minnesota
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Reviewed 22 July 2016 via mobile

Large nice sites , private , nice grounds , for sure lights out at 10 and whisper talk only or they will be on you , the security guy was very nosey and annoying always having an excuse to come on our site . We finally told him we were upset with him and why , he than stopped because... More 

Thank Queenswan1
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Reviewed 11 June 2016

It's only $5 a day for a car. They ancient Dakota village was fascinating. The trails are beautiful and the park is well maintained. The touch the earth trail for educational. The receptionists were so helpful. The bugs are huge - bring insect repellent. We rented canoes and fished the river. It would be a wonderful place to kayak, also.... More 

Thank busymom11
Ellsworth, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 15 February 2016

The grandkids favorite activity was tobogganing by far! Great hill they could go fast, yet safely. Very nice to have a warming hut right next to the hill. The wonderful staff even had a fire going. We wished we would have brought goodies for an indoor picnic as there were tables inside, restrooms, and found it clean and cozy.

Thank InSearchofMusic
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Reviewed 14 January 2016

We have gone here in the spring, the summer and the fall. Guess we better check it out in the winter. They offer a lot of ranger led programs and have some beautiful hiking. It is a rather large state park. We have had some luck fishing here too. Kids love catching frogs in the pond.

Thank jshallow01

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