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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


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  • What can I say about this place but "wow". There's just too much here to explore (and enjoy) even on many trips. From taking a wonderful stroll through the forest, to visiting archaeological sites that date back thousands of years, to resting in view of a lake and watching the geese fly by, there is no lack for things to do here. My personal favorite was climbing the 100 foot observational tower and being taken aback by a view, I feel, not enough people will ever get to see. I can say with certainty, that I will be to see anf explore everything else this astounding place has to offer.

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  • This is a beautiful place to go. It's well maintained as well. The camp sites are wide ranging from tents to cabins. The woods have so many trails and the lakes are awesome. They have kids activities and water equipment rentals too. Great place to get away.

  • Nice state park. Restrooms are clean and the showers are included in the rate. Despite Verizon's coverage map, there is practically no service in the campground.

  • Huge park, lots of histor, great hiking paths, awesome interpretive center. We happened to hit the day the archeological folks were there explaining through interpretive exhibits and hand on demos.

  • Helpful staff, family had a good time. Campsite was in great shape.

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