Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

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Area and County

Mille Lacs County





11,621 acres statutory, 9,773 owned


Minnesota DNR Summer Map

Park Office

N46 8.128, W93 43.513


Kathio Landmark Trail
N46 8.680, W93 46.335

Hiking Trails

35 miles
1 mile interpretive, including ½ mile “Touch the Earth” trail with printed guide
1 mile handicapped accessible


No hunting

Ecological Classification


Laurentian Mixed Forest Province

Ecological Classification


Western Superior Uplands


Mille Lacs Uplands

Land Type Association(s)

Eastside Till Plain

Mille Lacs Lake

Native Plant Communities1

Alder - (Maple - Loosestrife) Swamp

Aspen - Ash Forest

Black Ash - Yellow Birch - Red Maple - Alder Swamp (Eastcentral)

Black Ash - Yellow Birch - Red Maple - Basswood Swamp (Eastcentral)

Black Spruce Bog: Semi-Treed Subtype

Graminoid Rich Fen (Basin)

Low Shrub Poor Fen

Meadow - Marsh - Fen-Swamp Complex

Northern Bulrush - Spikerush Marsh

Northern Mixed Cattail Marsh

Northern Poor Fen

Poor Black Spruce Swamp

Poor Tamarack - Black Spruce Swamp: Tamarack Subtype

Red Oak - Basswood Forest (Noncalcareous Till)

Red Oak - Sugar Maple - Basswood - (Large-Flowered Trillium) Forest

Rich Tamarack Swamp (Eastcentral)

Sedge Meadow

Sugar Maple - Basswood - (Bluebead Lily) Forest

Willow - Dogwood Shrub Swamp

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This park is located on the southwest shore of Mille Lacs Lake.







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Mille Lacs Kathio State Park, MN

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  Mille Lacs Kathio State Park, P. 1

Uploaded on Apr 25, 2011

Update: On day one, the high temp was 45 and the low was 26. Brr.

Easter hike. Hammocking, cooking, frozen brain, loons, BAD dinner, new stuff.

  Mille Lacs Kathio State Park, P. 2

Uploaded on Apr 25, 2011

Wildlife footage right off the bat, then some breakfast, a bit of hiking, a windy tower.

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spring peeper (Pseudacris crucifer)

wood frog (Rana sylvatica)

wood frog


Thirteen bird species with conservation status in Minnesota and one tracked species have been seen here:



Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus)

Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus)



Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)


Special concern

American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)

Cerulean Warbler (Setophaga cerulea)

Forster’s Tern (Sterna forsteri)

Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis)

Purple Martin (Progne subis)

Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)

Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus)

Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator)

Wilson’s Phalarope (Phalaropus tricolor)

Yellow Rail (Coturnicops noveboracensis)



Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)


Minnesota DNR Bird Checklist


American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

Common Loon (Gavia immer)

Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)

Eastern Wood-peewee (Contopus virens)

Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)

Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher (Empidonax flaviventris)

American Robin

Black-capped Chickadee

Wild Turkey


Fungi and Lichens

Black Knot (Apiosporina morbosa)

Black Knot

Insects and Arachnids

belted whiteface (Leucorrhinia proxima)

Carolina grasshopper (Dissosteira carolina)

chalk-fronted corporal (Ladona julia)

dog day cicada (Neotibicen canicularis)

goldenrod bunch gall midge (Rhopalomyia solidaginis)

goldenrod gall fly (Eurosta solidaginis)

monarch (Danaus plexippus)

northern pearly eye (Lethe anthedon)

white-faced meadowhawk (Sympetrum obtrusum)

widow skimmer (Libellula luctuosa)

chalk-fronted corporal

northern pearly eye

widow skimmer


American beaver (Castor canadensis)

whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

whitetail deer


Five plant species with conservation status in Minnesota are found here:



butternut (Juglans cinerea)



bog bluegrass (Poa paludigena)

little goblin moonwort (Botrychium mormo)


Special concern

least moonwort (Botrychium simplex)

narrow-leaved water plantain (Alisma gramineum)


Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Plant List


Plants frequently found in:

Alder - (Maple - Loosestrife) Swamp FPn73a

Aspen - Ash Forest MHn46

Black Ash - Yellow Birch - Red Maple - Alder Swamp (Eastcentral) WFn64b

Black Ash - Yellow Birch - Red Maple - Basswood Swamp (Eastcentral) WFn55b

Black Spruce Bog: Semi-Treed Subtype APn80a2

Graminoid Rich Fen (Basin) OPn92a

Low Shrub Poor Fen APn91a

Northern Bulrush - Spikerush Marsh MRn93

Northern Mixed Cattail Marsh MRn83

Northern Poor Fen APn91

Poor Black Spruce Swamp APn81a

Poor Tamarack - Black Spruce Swamp: Tamarack Subtype APn81b2

Red Oak - Basswood Forest (Noncalcareous Till) MHc36a

Red Oak - Sugar Maple - Basswood - (Large-Flowered Trillium) Forest MHc26b

Rich Tamarack Swamp (Eastcentral) FPn72a

Sedge Meadow WMn82b

Sugar Maple - Basswood - (Bluebead Lily) Forest MHn47a

Willow - Dogwood Shrub Swamp WMn82a



alsike clover (Trifolium hybridum)

American basswood (Tilia americana var. americana)

American cow parsnip (Heracleum sphondylium ssp. montanum)

American elm (Ulmus americana)

American germander (Teucrium canadense)

American hog peanut (Amphicarpaea bracteata var. bracteata)

American red raspberry (Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus)

American spikenard (Aralia racemosa ssp. racemosa)

American vetch (Vicia americana ssp. americana)

annual fleabane (Erigeron annuus)

balsam fir (Abies balsamea var. balsamea)

beaked hazel (Corylus cornuta var. cornuta)

bigleaf aster (Eurybia macrophylla)

black ash (Fraxinus nigra)

black cherry (Prunus serotina var. serotina)

black medick (Medicago lupulina)

black-seeded plantain (Plantago rugelii var. rugelii)

bland sweet cicely (Osmorhiza claytonii)

bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)

broadleaf enchanter’s nightshade (Circaea lutetiana ssp. canadensis)

bull thistle (Cirsium vulgare)

bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa)

butter and eggs (Linaria vulgaris)

Canada mayflower (Maianthemum canadense)

Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense)

Canadian horseweed (Conyza canadensis)

Canadian woodnettle (Laportea canadensis)

chokecherry (Prunus virginiana var. virginiana)

cleavers (Galium aparine)

common agrimony (Agrimonia gryposepala)

common burdock (Arctium minus)

common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale)

common false Solomon’s seal (Maianthemum racemosum var. racemosum)

common hop (Humulus lupulus)

common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

common mullein (Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus)

common plantain (Plantago major)

common St. Johnswort (Hypericum perforatum)

common strawberry (Fragaria virginiana)

common yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

creeping bellflower (Campanula rapunculoides)

curly dock (Rumex crispus)

early meadow rue (Thalictrum dioicum)

eastern bottlebrush grass (Elymus hystrix)

eastern white pine (Pinus strobus)

field clover (Trifolium campestre)

field horsetail (Equisetum arvense)

giant chickweed (Myosoton aquaticum)

glossy buckthorn (Frangula alnus)

grass-leaved goldenrod (Euthamia graminifolia var. graminifolia)

gray dogwood (Cornus racemosa)

green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)

green carpetweed (Mollugo verticillata)

ground ivy (Glechoma hederacea)

hairy goldenrod (Solidago hispida)

harebell (Campanula rotundifolia)

heal-all (Prunella vulgaris)

hoary alyssum (Berteroa incana)

hop sedge (Carex lupulina)

interrupted fern (Osmunda claytoniana)

ironwood (Ostrya virginiana var. virginiana)

Jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum)

large-flowered bellwort (Uvularia grandiflora)

marsh bellflower (Campanula aparinoides)

mint-leaved bergamot (Monarda fistulosa var. menthifolia)

Missouri gooseberry (Ribes missouriense)

narrow-leaved cattail (Typha angustifolia)

narrow-leaved meadowsweet (Spiraea alba var. alba)

northern bedstraw (Galium boreale)

northern blue flag (Iris versicolor)

northern lady fern (Athyrium filix-femina ssp. angustum)

northern maidenhair (Adiantum pedatum)

northern red oak (Quercus rubra)

ostrich fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris var. pensylvanica)

oxeye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)

paleleaf woodland sunflower (Helianthus strumosus)

palespike lobelia (Lobelia spicata)

paper birch (Betula papyrifera var. papyrifera)

Parlin’s pussytoes (Antennaria parlinii)

pearly everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea)

pointed-leaved tick-trefoil (Desmodium glutinosum)

poke milkweed (Asclepias exaltata)

prairie fleabane (Erigeron strigosus)

prairie peppergrass (Lepidium densiflorum var. densiflorum)

purple giant hyssop (Agastache scrophulariifolia)

purple-leaf willow herb (Epilobium coloratum)

quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)

rabbit’s foot clover (Trifolium arvense)

red baneberry (Actaea rubra ssp. rubra)

red clover (Trifolium pratense)

red elderberry (Sambucus racemosa var. racemosa)

red maple (Acer rubrum var. rubrum)

red pine (Pinus resinosa)

rough cinquefoil (Potentilla norvegica)

rough-fruited cinquefoil (Potentilla recta)

round-leaved dogwood (Cornus rugosa)

scarlet Indian paintbrush (Castilleja coccinea f. coccinea)

scouring rush horsetail (Equisetum hyemale var. affine)

sensitive fern (Onoclea sensibilis)

silver maple (Acer saccharinum)

silvery cinquefoil (Potentilla argentea)

small purple fringed orchid (Platanthera psycodes)

smooth serviceberry (Amelanchier laevis)

spotted Joe Pye weed (Eutrochium maculatum)

spotted touch-me-not (Impatiens capensis)

spotted water hemlock (Cicuta maculata)

spreading dogbane (Apocynum androsaemifolium)

staghorn sumac (Rhus typhina)

stinging nettle (Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis)

sugar maple (Acer saccharum ssp. saccharum)

swamp thistle (Cirsium muticum)

tall buttercup (Ranunculus acris)

tall thimbleweed (Anemone virginiana)

timothy (Phleum pratense)

Virginia waterleaf (Hydrophyllum virginianum var. virginianum)

western bracken fern (Pteridium aquilinum var. latiusculum)

western poison ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii)

western ragweed (Ambrosia psilostachya)

white avens (Geum canadense)

white baneberry (Actaea pachypoda)

white campion (Silene latifolia ssp. alba)

white clover (Trifolium repens)

white oak (Quercus alba)

white poplar (Populus alba)

white sage (Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana)

white snakeroot (Ageratina altissima var. altissima)

white spruce (Picea glauca)

white sweet clover (Melilotus albus)

white-flowered leaf-cup (Polymnia canadensis)

wild columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)

wild cucumber (Echinocystis lobata)

wild geranium (Geranium maculatum)

wild ginger (Asarum canadense)

wild grape (Vitis riparia)

wild sarsaparilla (Aralia nudicaulis)

woodbine (Parthenocissus vitacea)

woodland strawberry (Fragaria vesca ssp. americana)

yellow avens (Geum aleppicum)

yellow marsh marigold (Caltha palustris var. palustris)

yellow wood sorrel (Oxalis stricta)


Abies balsamea var. balsamea (balsam fir)

Acer rubrum var. rubrum (red maple)

Acer saccharinum (silver maple)

Acer saccharum ssp. saccharum (sugar maple)

Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)

Actaea pachypoda (white baneberry)

Actaea rubra ssp. rubra (red baneberry)

Adiantum pedatum (northern maidenhair)

Agastache scrophulariifolia (purple giant hyssop)

Ageratina altissima var. altissima (white snakeroot)

Agrimonia gryposepala (common agrimony)

Ambrosia psilostachya (western ragweed)

Amelanchier laevis (smooth serviceberry)

Amphicarpaea bracteata var. bracteata (American hog peanut)

Anaphalis margaritacea (pearly everlasting)

Anemone virginiana (tall thimbleweed)

Antennaria parlinii (Parlin’s pussytoes)

Apocynum androsaemifolium (spreading dogbane)

Aquilegia canadensis (wild columbine)

Aralia nudicaulis (wild sarsaparilla)

Aralia racemosa ssp. racemosa (American spikenard)

Arctium minus (common burdock)

Arisaema triphyllum (Jack-in-the-pulpit)

Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana (white sage)

Asarum canadense (wild ginger)

Asclepias exaltata (poke milkweed)

Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

Athyrium filix-femina ssp. angustum (northern lady fern)

Berteroa incana (hoary alyssum)

Betula papyrifera var. papyrifera (paper birch)

Caltha palustris var. palustris (yellow marsh marigold)

Campanula aparinoides (marsh bellflower)

Campanula rapunculoides (creeping bellflower)

Campanula rotundifolia (harebell)

Carex lupulina (hop sedge)

Castilleja coccinea f. coccinea (scarlet Indian paintbrush)

Cicuta maculata (spotted water hemlock)

Circaea lutetiana ssp. canadensis (broadleaf enchanter’s nightshade)

Cirsium arvense (Canada thistle)

Cirsium muticum (swamp thistle)

Cirsium vulgare (bull thistle)

Conyza canadensis (Canadian horseweed)

Cornus racemosa (gray dogwood)

Cornus rugosa (round-leaved dogwood)

Corylus cornuta var. cornuta (beaked hazel)

Desmodium glutinosum (pointed-leaved tick-trefoil)

Echinocystis lobata (wild cucumber)

Elymus hystrix (eastern bottlebrush grass)

Epilobium coloratum (purple-leaf willow herb)

Equisetum arvense (field horsetail)

Equisetum hyemale var. affine (scouring rush horsetail)

Erigeron annuus (annual fleabane)

Erigeron strigosus (prairie fleabane)

Eurybia macrophylla (bigleaf aster)

Euthamia graminifolia var. graminifolia (grass-leaved goldenrod)

Eutrochium maculatum (spotted Joe Pye weed)

Fragaria vesca ssp. americana (woodland strawberry)

Fragaria virginiana (common strawberry)

Frangula alnus (glossy buckthorn)

Fraxinus nigra (black ash)

Fraxinus pennsylvanica (green ash)

Galium aparine (cleavers)

Galium boreale (northern bedstraw)

Geranium maculatum (wild geranium)

Geum aleppicum (yellow avens)

Geum canadense (white avens)

Glechoma hederacea (ground ivy)

Helianthus strumosus (paleleaf woodland sunflower)

Heracleum sphondylium ssp. montanum (American cow parsnip)

Humulus lupulus (common hop)

Hydrophyllum virginianum var. virginianum (Virginia waterleaf)

Hypericum perforatum (common St. Johnswort)

Impatiens capensis (spotted touch-me-not)

Iris versicolor (northern blue flag)

Laportea canadensis (Canadian woodnettle)

Lepidium densiflorum var. densiflorum (prairie peppergrass)

Leucanthemum vulgare (oxeye daisy)

Linaria vulgaris (butter and eggs)

Lobelia spicata (palespike lobelia)

Maianthemum canadense (Canada mayflower)

Maianthemum racemosum var. racemosum (common false Solomon’s seal)

Matteuccia struthiopteris var. pensylvanica (ostrich fern)

Medicago lupulina (black medick)

Melilotus albus (white sweet clover)

Mollugo verticillata (green carpetweed)

Monarda fistulosa var. menthifolia (mint-leaved bergamot)

Myosoton aquaticum (giant chickweed)

Onoclea sensibilis (sensitive fern)

Osmorhiza claytonii (bland sweet cicely)

Osmunda claytoniana (interrupted fern)

Ostrya virginiana var. virginiana (ironwood)

Oxalis stricta (yellow wood sorrel)

Parthenocissus vitacea (woodbine)

Phleum pratense (timothy)

Picea glauca (white spruce)

Pinus resinosa (red pine)

Pinus strobus (eastern white pine)

Plantago major (common plantain)

Plantago rugelii var. rugelii (black-seeded plantain)

Platanthera psycodes (small purple fringed orchid)

Polymnia canadensis (white-flowered leaf-cup)

Populus alba (white poplar)

Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen)

Potentilla argentea (silvery cinquefoil)

Potentilla norvegica (rough cinquefoil)

Potentilla recta (rough-fruited cinquefoil)

Prunella vulgaris (heal-all)

Prunus serotina var. serotina (black cherry)

Prunus virginiana var. virginiana (chokecherry)

Pteridium aquilinum var. latiusculum (western bracken fern)

Quercus alba (white oak)

Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa (bur oak)

Quercus rubra (northern red oak)

Ranunculus acris (tall buttercup)

Rhus typhina (staghorn sumac)

Ribes missouriense (Missouri gooseberry)

Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus (American red raspberry)

Rumex crispus (curly dock)

Sambucus racemosa var. racemosa (red elderberry)

Sanguinaria canadensis (bloodroot)

Silene latifolia ssp. alba (white campion)

Solidago hispida (hairy goldenrod)

Spiraea alba var. alba (narrow-leaved meadowsweet)

Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale (common dandelion)

Teucrium canadense (American germander)

Thalictrum dioicum (early meadow rue)

Tilia americana var. americana (American basswood)

Toxicodendron rydbergii (western poison ivy)

Trifolium arvense (rabbit’s foot clover)

Trifolium campestre (field clover)

Trifolium hybridum (alsike clover)

Trifolium pratense (red clover)

Trifolium repens (white clover)

Typha angustifolia (narrow-leaved cattail)

Ulmus americana (American elm)

Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis (stinging nettle)

Uvularia grandiflora (large-flowered bellwort)

Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus (common mullein)

Vicia americana ssp. americana (American vetch)

Vitis riparia (wild grape)

alsike clover

American cow parsnip

American germander

American spikenard

black cherry

bur oak (var. macrocarpa)

butter and eggs


common false Solomon’s seal

common hop

common mullein

common St. Johnswort

creeping bellflower

early meadow rue

eastern bottlebrush grass


interrupted fern

large-flowered bellwort

northern bedstraw

oxeye daisy

palespike lobelia (var. spicata)

pearly everlasting

poke milkweed

purple giant hyssop

red baneberry

rough cinquefoil

silvery cinquefoil

spotted water hemlock

spreading dogbane

Virginia waterleaf

western poison ivy flowers

white baneberry

white snakeroot

wild columbine

wild geranium

wild ginger

woodland strawberry

yellow marsh marigold




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