By Jim Umhoefer
Mille Lacs County. 5 miles northwest of Onamia on County 26.
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Mille Lacs Kathio is an ideal state park for doers: challenging trails, water sports and all-season activities in a rugged forested setting. With over 10,000 acres, Minnesota's fourth largest park has plenty of space to play in.
Although within eyesight of giant Mille Lacs Lake, Kathio has no direct access to its waters. The nearest public landing is 4 miles north of the park on Shah-Bush-Kung Bay (off of Highway 169). Cover Bay and many nearby resorts also have boat landings. Father Hennepin State Park, a small park about 15 miles east of Kathio, does have a beach and extensive frontage (with boat launches) on Mille Lacs Lake. Read more;