Mille Lacs Kathio State Park15066 Kathio State Park Rd
Onamia, MN 56359
Go to mile post marker #221 on US Highway 169, about 8 miles north of Onamia. Watch for Kathio Arrowhead sign and take County Road 26 for about a mile to the park entrance, on the right.Get Directions
Mille Lacs Kathio is an outstanding park with a wooded trail system that is a favorite of hikers, skiers, snowshoers, snowmobilers and horseback riders. The Interpretive Center teaches about 9000 years of human activity in this National Historic Landmark District. Kathio offers campsites of various types, 5 camper cabins, a swimming beach, picnic area, observation tower and boat accesses onto the Rum River and Shakopee Lake.
Hours & Dates
- Monday: 8:00am - 10:00pm
- Tuesday: 8:00am - 10:00pm
- Wednesday: 8:00am - 10:00pm
- Thursday: 8:00am - 10:00pm
- Friday: 8:00am - 10:00pm
- Saturday: 8:00am - 10:00pm
- Sunday: 8:00am - 10:00pm
- Daily camping maximum: $23.00
- Daily camping minimum: $15.00
Park permits: $35 annual, $26 second vehicle, $12 handicapped, or $7 daily. Camping fees are separate.
- Open in fall
- Open in winter
On-Site Facilities & Services
- Children's programs (scheduled, supervised)
- Evening entertainment (regularly scheduled)
- Located on a lake or river
- Canoes or kayaks available
- Cross-country ski rental
- Cross-country ski trail (groomed)
- Fishing boats available
- Hiking trail
- Lake/river access (boat ramp)
- Snowmobile trail (groomed)
- Snowshoes available
- Swimming beach
- Accessible to disabled
- Can accommodate groups of 45 or more
Number/Type of Campsites
- Number of camping cabins: 5
- Number of camping cabins available in winter: 5
- Number of RV/trailer-only sites available in winter: 6
- Number of sites in horseback camp area: 10
- Number of tent-only sites: 7
- Number of tent-only sites available in winter: 4
- Total number of campsites: 84
- Total number of campsites available in winter: 6
- Camping accessible to disabled
- Flush toilets in campground
- Group camp facilities
- Hookups available in winter
- Hot showers in campground
- Lodge/central building
- Pets allowed in campsite
- Pull-through sites
- Secluded campsites
- State Parks Campgrounds
Length of Stay
- Daily site rental
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
Based on 53 reviews
We stayed at Petaga campground and it was one of the greatest campsites I've ever visited. And we've been around... :) Campsites are very nicely wooded and far apart. Great showers!
Park is very big...
— Anna Z, July 20, 2019
We stopped for a quick hike on our way home. The biting flys were pretty bad even with bug spray gotta love Minnesota haha. But we had a good hike even with our pesky hunters on the trail with us...
— Grussingtravels, July 9, 2019
My husband and I look for parks with a hiking/walking trail wherever we travel to. We went to Kathio State Park and am glad we did. There are 2 trails to follow - the Landmark trail and the hiking...
— SueD918, June 11, 2019
We stayed with a group of friends in Group Camp 2. This site is much larger than Group Camp 1, and has wonderful views of Rum River. There is also very easy walking access to the landing which has...
— crystaldervetski, June 7, 2019
The trail condition updates for Kathio are over 10 days old on the dnr website. There has been significant snow fall and no updates on conditons. Really frustrating.
— DarrellC162, January 2, 2019