Father Hennepin State Park
By Jim Umhoefer
This 320-acre wooded peninsula park is popular because of its extensive shoreline on Minnesota’s largest lakes, Lake Mille Lacs. It’s named for Father Louis Hennepin, a French Jesuit priest who was one of the first recorded European explorers in Minnesota. Father Hennepin State Park is located one mile west of Isle in Minnesota’s Mille Lacs County.
Father Hennepin’s 4.5-mile hiking trail system will take you along the sandy beach of Lake Mille Lacs and through the wooded interior of the park. A hiking highlight is a trip out to Pope’s Point on the northwestern tip where you can observe many bird species.