Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

Garrison, Minnesota

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This winding walk over a large terminal moraine and through a beautiful second- growth hardwood forest has scenic views of wetland areas with lots of potential wildlife viewing. Mille Lacs Kathio State Park is filled with striking geologic features and has a rich archaeological history. This beautifully wooded park, the fourth largest in Minnesota, is especially inviting when the hardwoods and tamaracks don their fall colors. Several miles of trails loop their way through the park, some of them along Ogechie Lake and the Rum River. Nearby Mille Lacs Lake, the most popular fi shing lake in this area of Minnesota, formed from glacial debris in the form of a terminal moraine: rocks, boulders, and gravel left behind when a glacier retreated. This debris blocked the natural drainage and caused water to build up, creating the lake. Mille Lacs Lake is the source of the Rum River, which gradually winds its way through 146 miles of Minnesota countryside to join the Mississippi at Anoka.
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Hiking Minnesota

by Mary Jo Mosher & Kristine Mosher (Falcon Guides)

This winding walk over a large terminal moraine and through a beautiful second- growth hardwood forest has scenic views of wetland areas with lots of potential wildlife viewing. Mille Lacs Kathio State Park is filled with striking geologic features and has a rich archaeological history. This beautifully wooded park, the fourth largest in Minnesota, is especially inviting when the hardwoods and tamaracks don their fall colors. Several miles of trails loop their way through the park, some of them along Ogechie Lake and the Rum River.

Nearby Mille Lacs Lake, the most popular fi shing lake in this area of Minnesota, formed from glacial debris in the form of a terminal moraine: rocks, boulders, and gravel left behind when a glacier retreated. This debris blocked the natural drainage and caused water to build up, creating the lake. Mille Lacs Lake is the source of the Rum River, which gradually winds its way through 146 miles of Minnesota countryside to join the Mississippi at Anoka.

© 2009 Mary Jo Mosher & Kristine Mosher/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding
Nearby City: Garrison
Distance: 3.2
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 1,300 feet
Top Elevation: 1,350 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Mille Lacs Kathio State Park, Onamia; (320) 532-3523; Department of Natural Resources, St. Paul, MN; (651) 296- 6157 or (888) 646-6367 (only in MN); www.dnr.state.mn.us/parks
Local Maps: USGS Onamia NW
Driving Directions: Directions to Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

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