Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

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About Mille Lacs Kathio State Park, Onamia

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 earliest site dates to the Archaic period and shows evidence of copper tool manufacture. The Sioux lived in this area roughly until the 18th century, when many bands of Sioux were moving southward into the prairies and river areas of southern Minnesota. At the same time, Ojibwe (Anishinaabe) were moving in from the east. Ojibwe oral tradition, published by William Whipple Warren, suggests that there was a battle in which they successfully took control of the area from the Sioux; as of 2012 no archaeological evidence has as yet been found to corroborate this battle narrative. Around the time of contact in the 1850s, loggers came to the area. The next 50 years resulted in a large quantity of trees being felled and floated down the Rum River or across Mille Lacs Lake to sawmills. The name "Kathio" is actually a corruption of "Izatys", a name the Mdewakanton Sioux people gave themselves. Explorer Daniel Greysolon, Sieur du Lhut visited the area in 1679. He named the area "Izatys", but his poor handwriting led people to mistake the "Iz" as a "K". Further errors led to the name being transliterated to "Kathio". The Kathio Historic District site was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1964. * Entrance sign * Kayak dock * Native burial mounds * Ogechie Lake * Wilford Archeological Site


Overview of Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

Walking past the city of Onamia, you will come across Mille Lacs Kathio State Park. Mille Lacs Kathio State Park is not the prime point of interest of Onamia. Although, you can pay a quick visit to it if you are around.

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  • Great campsites very generously spaced. Folks in the camp office friendly and very helpful. Bath house very up to date and clean.

  • A very nice place to go and stay. Visit and climb tower or camp in public campgrounds. Park is clean and well taking care off

  • Great trails! The tower was a blast! Too tall for me to climb though!

  • Fire tower is a fun place to hike and great view at the top. Can be scary if you don't like hikes but fun if you can get to the top!

  • Beautiful Park, great amenities, excellent workers. One of my favorite places to camp in the state!

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