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Minnesota's Central Lakes State Trail is a wonderful destination year round

Father Hennepin State Park

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.

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The quarter-mile long beach is the main attraction at Father Hennepin State Park

The quarter-mile long beach is the main attraction

A fall stroll through the park at Father Hennepin State Park

A fall stroll through the park

Slacklining among the fall colors at Father Hennepin State Park

Slacklining among the fall colors


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.

Lake Mille Lacs is a huge tourist attraction and Father Hennepin’s two campgrounds offer over 100 sites. The park also offers six group camp areas with room for 12 to 25 campers each.

Hiking, skiing and snowshoeing are allowed throughout the park, but no groomed trails are available.
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