The Mille Lacs Lake area is home to some of the best state parks, state trails, and much more. If you are looking for something fun to do offsite here is just a few of the many options available.
State and Local Parks:
Father Hennepin State Park – 41296 Father Hennepin Park Road, Isle, MN 56342 (320)676.8763
Father Hennepin State Park is a state park located on the southeast corner of Mille Lacs Lake. The park is named after Father Louis Hennepin, a priest who visited the area with a French expedition in 1680. The 320-acre park has numerous trails suited for biking and hiking, beachside picnic areas, fishing piers, and a sandy beach over one mile long. Take in the sights of the lake and the many different mammals and birds that call this park home.
Mille Lacs Kathio State Park – 15066 Kathio State Park Road, Onamia, MN 56359 (320)532.3523
Mille Lacs Kathio State Park, also known as Kathio Site, is a Minnesota state park on Mille Lacs Lake. The park preserves habitation sites and mound groups, believed to date between 3000 BC and 1750 AD, that document Sioux Indian culture and Ojibwe-Sioux relationships. The park contains 19 identified archaeological sites, making it one of the most significant archaeological collections in Minnesota. The fourth largest Minnesota State Park offers picnicking, boat, canoe, ski and snowshoe rentals. Visit the interpretive center, take a walk down the Landmark Trail, and check out the 100-foot observation tower. Enjoy the well-groomed ski trails, snowmobile trails, and naturalist programs for families as well.
Mille Lacs Wildlife Management Area
Mille Lacs WMA was established in 1949. Sixty percent of the WMA is forested, with the remainder of land being wetlands, bogs and forest openings. Many fields around the area are planted with corn or maintained as hay land. Forests on the WMA are managed to promote an interspersion of different aged plant communities and enhance wildlife diversity. Logging of hardwood and aspen stands create forest openings and edges between existing vegetation types.
Wealthwood State Forest
Wealthwood State Forest is located at the north end of Mille Lacs Lake. This 15,000 acres of rolling hills has numerous lakes, rivers, and wetlands that attract waterfowl such as mallards, ring-necked ducks, and Canada geese. Ripple River WMA is within the forest and is home to sandhill cranes, woodcock, sharp-tailed grouse, short-eared owls, snowshoe hares, brown creepers, chorus frogs, and four-toed salamanders. DNR forest and wildlife managers work closely together so management activities benefit both wildlife and plant species.
Soo Line Trail
The Soo Line South crosses 22 miles through Mille Lacs County, running just south of the Rum River State Forest, Mille Lacs Kathio State Park, Mille Lacs Lake and Father Hennepin State Park. The trail is provided by Mille Lacs County and the Mille Lacs Drift Skippers Snowmobile/ATV Club. The trail meanders by forests, farmland and wetlands. Two state parks, Father Hennepin & Mille Lacs Kathio, are easily accessible from the trail via low traffic roads. Points of interest along the trail include the "Ellen Ruth," a former Mille Lacs Lake launch, on exhibit one block from the trail in the village of Wahkon.
With more than 300 miles of premier ATV trails between two counties, all connected and ranging in difficulty, the Mille Lacs area will allow you and your ATVs to have the time of your lives. See the woods in a way you never have been able to before, capture magazine-worthy photos and make lasting memories that you’ll want to relive over and over.
Want to see maps of the Mille Lacs area ATV trails? Revolutionize your snow and off-road experiences and download the Polaris Ride Command app on all your devices! The largest connected ATV trail system in the state of Minnesota, each trail has either a Class 1 or Class 2 status. To find the rules and regulations of each trail, head over to the DNR page. If you are not a resident of Minnesota and you’re operating an all-terrain vehicle (ATV), off-highway motorcycle (OHM) or off-road vehicle (ORV) on state or grant-in-aid trails, you’ll need a non-resident trail pass.
The Mille Lacs Drift Skippers Snowmobile ATV Club was established on March 18, 1970 by a group of local snowmobile enthusiasts. They are a non-profit club and maintain approximately 106 miles of trails and work hard to make your ride safe and enjoyable for snowmobiles and ATVs. Check out their website millelacsdriftskippers.org to find out more information about trail locations and conditions.
Mille Lacs Lake Historical Society Museum
Explore the history of Mille Lacs Lake, fur trading, logging industry, railroads, pioneer settlements and farming.
405 Main Street, Isle, MN 56342 (320)676.3945
Located off of Highway 169 on the Northwest corner of Mille Lacs, the Garrison Concourse was constructed from 1936-1939 by the CCC Camp SP-15. The Concourse is the only stone overlook in Minnesota that projects into a lake. The Concourse is listed on the National Society for Commercial Archeology's list entitled: ''Falling by the Wayside: 10 Most Endangered Roadside Places.'' and ''The Minnesota Preservation Alliance list of 10 Most Endangered Historic Places.''
Mille Lacs Indian Museum & Trading Post
Ojibwe culture is highlighted with exhibits, activities and original artwork and gifts available for purchase. Highlights include: 1930s Trading Post Building, Museum exhibits on Ojibwe culture & history, Hourly tour of Four Seasons Room,
Daily Ojibwe game, loom beading & puzzles, and seasonal demonstrations.
43411 Oodena Driv,e Onamia, MN 56359 (320)532.3632
Grand Casino Mille Lacs - 777 Grand Avenue, Onamia, MN 56359
Grand Casino Mille Lacs offers more than 1,500 video slots, dozens of blackjack tables, & live bingo six days a week. They feature the biggest names in entertainment, multiple onsite restaurants & bars, and is a perfect venue away from the lake to try your luck at.
Isle, MN – 5 minutes South of the resort
The city of Isle is home to numerous fun shops, coffeehouse, restaurants, drug store, grocery store, bakery, bowling alley, and much more!