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Located on the shore of Mille Lacs Lake in the heart of Minnesota, Father Hennepin State Park is perfectly placed for exploring the beautiful rugged northern part of the state. Less than a two-hour drive east in your rental RV is the city of Duluth, on the edge of Lake Superior and to the north is a maze of lakes and forests waiting to be discovered by on your outdoor adventure.
The park, named after a French Franciscan priest, Louis Hennepin, visited the area in 1680. He was captured by Dakota Native Americans, but released after eight months. During this time, he wrote many journals about the area.
Although the park only covers around 320-acres, it gives easy access to the very large Mille Lacs Lake and all its facilities. With such an expanse of water, boating and fishing are popular pursuits, but also swimming and watching wildlife.
Situated on the shoreline of the large Mille Lacs Lake, water sports activities are top of the list of things to do when you book an RV in Mille Lacs County. Boating and fishing are both popular here, and many fish species may be caught, including, crappie, bluegill, bass, sunfish, and many more. If you are a Minnesotan, then in most cases you’ll not need to pay the annual fishing license fee. Boat rentals are available throughout the area should you need to rent one.
During winter months, the weather here can be extremely ferocious, but at the park, you can still go ice-fishing. This recreational activity extends the park’s useful period for folks to enjoy throughout the year.
There’s a lot of wildlife in this area, including hawks, ospreys, owls, and eagles. You may also at times stumble across deer, beaver, raccoon or mink while you are out hiking. Bring your camera and try to get a fantastic shot of the varied wildlife present.
There are two trails in the park, both suitable for all ages and fitness. The Lake Mille Lacs Scenic Byway is a 68-mile loop around the lake that passes through the park for around 0.4 miles. Also passing through the park is the Soo Line Trail, that runs for over 105 miles, connecting Royalton to the state line close to Lake Superior. Both proposed trails meet up with larger state-funded trails, giving an extended area for all hikers.
The two campgrounds at Father Hennepin State Park can cater over 100 RVs in total on various sites. The majority have an electrical hookup but do check in advance to be guaranteed. The campground does accept large rigs, although there are no pull-thru sites so be prepared for some reversing practice.
This is a limited facility campground, that does not provide WiFi, but all the basics such as good shower and toilet facilities are there. Pets are allowed at the campground, so bring your four-legged friend when you book a rental motorhome at Father Hennepin State Park. Modern toilets, showers, picnic tables, and grills, are also available, so bring along the family while you are RV camping at Father Hennepin State Park.
In the nearby town of Isle, you’ll find all the essentials required while motorhome camping at Father Hennepin State Park. Many stores and fuel stations are available to keep both you and the RV functioning perfectly. The town also has a number of traditional diners along with modern-day fast-food style places.
If you visit in the winter, maybe a sled dog ride would set the scene for a holiday! Located in Milaca, the town is only a short drive in your RV rental, and you can book and hire the equipment in the state park. This could be a fantastic treat for the kids, and of course, the adults!
To learn a little history, the Kanabec History Center decided that it would be best to leave you to wander around the site and use the interactive boards. But there are always staff members present to help with a problem should something occur.
In nearby Onamia, there is the Rolling Hills Arabians and Farm tours location, offering riding lessons and guided rides for the whole family. If you don’t want to ride, there is a great farm which you can tour, with a wide variety of farmyard animals.