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Father Hennepin State Park

41294 Father Hennepin Park Road, Isle, Minnesota 56386 USA

“Enjoy an Unadulterated View of the Lake!”

Father Hennepin State Park is located on the southeast shore of Mille Lacs Lake. Visitors enjoy a large sandy beach for swimming, two boat accesses, fishing piers and picnic sites with a panoramic view of the lake. The park's 320 acres include two campgrounds and hiking trails that wind through a hardwood forest and along the rocky shoreline of Mille Lacs. The park's original vegetation was northern hardwoods mixed with marsh areas and pines along the lake. The hardwoods provide shade during the summer and spectacular color in the fall. Father Hennepin State Park is home to a variety of wildlife. Hawks, ospreys, owls, and eagles are common. The tracks of beaver, racoon, mink and deer are often seen in the soft earth or snow. Northern pike, walleye, bluegills, sunfish and bass are found in the lake. The aspen stands and small clearings are excellent for ruffed grouse. Squirrels and chipmunks thrive in maple and oak stands. The small ponds and streams provide homes for amphibians and insects, which in turn attract larger fish, birds and mammals. The park is named after Father Louis Hennepin, a priest who visited the area with a French expedition in 1680. Hennepin is not thought to have been in the exact location of the park, but the park is named after him because he was the first to write extensively about the Mille Lacs area. He called the area Louisiana, in honor of France's King Louis XIV. In the spring of 1680, they met a group of Dakota Indians, and accompanied them to their villages, about 15 miles from today's Father Hennepin State Park. Throughout the experience, Father Hennepin kept a journal describing the lakes, rivers, landscapes, and lifestyle of his hosts, the Mdewakanton Dakota. In 1683, the French published his writings in the book, Description of Louisiana.

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November 23, 2016

Father Hennepin State Park is located on the southeast corner of Mille Lacs Lake and is named after a priest who passed explored the area with a French expedition in 1680. The Park features a nice campground right on the shores of Mille Lacs with outdoor recreation including boating, swimming, fishing, picnicking, wildlife viewing, hiking, biking, cross-country skiing and hunting.

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Father Hennepin State Park

41294 Father Hennepin Park Road
Isle, Minnesota
56386 USA

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