Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

State: Minnesota

Address 1: 15066 Kathio State Park Road

City: Onamia

Zip: 56359

Phone: 320-532-3523

Open all Year: Yes

Number of Sites: 113

Camp URL:

Full Hook: Yes

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. Climb the 100 foot observation/fire tower and look across the majesty of Mille Lacs Lake. Take part in Mille Lacs Kathio State Park’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. The river, lakes, and park trails offer visitors excellent opportunities to watch waterfowl, bald eagles, osprey, beaver, loons, deer, coyotes, and many others.


Drive-in Sites
70 Sites

All sites are secluded and shaded by forest canopy. The park’s 19 semi-modern sites are walking distance to showers and flush toilets. Kathio’s 26 rustic sites have vault toilets and water available on site, but it is a 1 1/2 mile walk/drive to the showers. Kathio has 22 electric sites (3 sites are pull-through and 2 are handicapped accessible). The park also has 3 walk-in sites.

Pull-Through Sites
3 Sites

These are located in the Petaga Campground electric loop.

Electric Sites
22 Sites

30 amp, 125 volt, and 20 amp, 110 volt outlets available at each site. Electric sites all located in Petaga Campground.

RV Length Limit60 Feet

Length is measured from front of tow vehicle to rear of vehicle being towed.

Handicapped Accessible Sites
2 Sites

Backpack Sites

The four sites include: Glacial Ridge Campsite located adjacent to a large beaver pond on a wooded glacial ridge; Kanketanka Campsite that overlooks a woodland pond; Black Bass Campsite located on the south shore of Black Bass Lake; and Sunset Meadow Campsite located in an oak and maple forest on the edge of a meadow of sedges and other wetland plants.

Walk-in Sites
3 Sites

These sites are private, wooded sites located approximately 100 yards from your parking area. Sites are within walking distance of the shower building in the Petaga Campground. Each site has a fire ring, picnic table and level area for a tent.

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.

Group Camp
2 Sites

Sites include vault toilets and hand pump for water. No showers. Tents only.
Site 1 – accommodates up to 15 people. Located along the Rum River, about 100′ from parking area.
Site 2 – accommodates up to 45 people, also along the Rum River. 100 yards from the parking area.