Jun 18, 2016

Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

Over Memorial Day weekend Kirk and I stayed at Mille Lacs Kathio State Park in Onamia, MN. Mille Lacs Kathio is located on the southwest edge of Mille Lacs Lake and is the fourth largest state park in Minnesota. It is over 10,000 acres, has over 100 campsites including equestrian sites, electric sites, and backpack sites, 5 camper cabins, and a group camp site. This was our first time at Kathio and we loved it! The whole park is very dense with trees and they offer great activities at the interpretive center!

On our first full day there Kirk and I took an outdoor photography class offered by the interpretive center and it was a lot of fun! The teacher took us into the woods to photograph Yellow Lady's Slipper flowers and some Red Columbines. My favorite part of the class was when the teacher looked at everyone's cameras and helped them understand the settings on them and figured out the best ones for shooting in that day's lighting.

The next day we headed to the Indian Museum and Trading Post. This was probably one of my favorite parts of the trip. The museum is apart of the Minnesota Historical Society and it tells the story of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe. It was really cool to hear about the transformation of the area and to learn how they lived their lives. They also have a restored trading post where you can buy handmade American Indian gifts.

Afterwards, we headed over to The Launch, the restaurant at the newly renovated Eddy's Resort, to grab some food. They have a great outdoor patio that looks right at the lake and their food is delicious!

These beer cheese fries with bacon were so delicious!

On our last full day at the campground we spent time exploring the state park and checked out the fire tower and the historical sites! We climbed the 100 foot fire tower and the view was amazing! It was completely worth it even if my legs were so tired going up and it was terrifying to climb back down.

 Kirk and I at the top of the tower :)

After the tower we took a nap then headed out to see the historical sites! It was a really nice hike around the campground and we were able to learn a lot more about the archaeological significance and the 9,000 years of human history on the site.

Mille Lacs Kathio was one of my favorite state parks that I've visited so far. I would love to go back to explore more of the park because I know there's still so much to see! 

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