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Father Hennepin State Park

41294 Father Hennepin Park Road, Isle, Minnesota 56342 USA
(320) 676-8763
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  Average Rating:   (Based on 4 Reviews)  3.5out of 5

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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. Bike the Soo Line trail, which runs nearby. Enjoy fis ...

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Father Hennepin State Park has 3 campground areas.
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Lakeview Campground
Maple Grove Campground
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There are 4 reviews of Father Hennepin State Park.
4 Star Rating   October 11th, 2015   Nice for families
We took a fall trip here last week with our 8 and 6 year old daughters. The sites are nice and well maintained. The bathrooms aren`t as nice as other state parks we`ve visited. The kids enjoyed geocaching and the fall weather was great. This park is probably a 1-2 day visit max before running out of things to do. We`ll be visiting again in the future.

3 Star Rating   July 27th, 2013   Small, but nice
Just got back from 3 days at Father Hennepin. If it`s hiking you`re looking for, this is not the park for you. I covered the entire park my first afternoon. Much better hiking can be found at nearby Mille Lacs Kathio State Park, about 5-8 miles away. That being said, the park is well cared for, has a good beach if lake swimming is your thing, sand volleyball, swings and such, fishing pier and 2 boat launches. In my opinion, this is place is mostly for families with kids, which I am not, so it wasn`t my favorite. But if you`re looking for a manageable state park with things to keep the kids from screaming, this could fit for you.
I stayed at Maple Grove campground. It`s a bit more rustic than Lakeview, with reminded me of a field with RVs strewn about. I`m a tent camper and enjoy more privacy. Maple Grove sites offer some privacy, but there`s not much understory to speak of so you can see and hear your neighbors pretty easily. All-in-all, this park is fine, but not one I would visit again.

4 Star Rating   December 29th, 2011
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