Day Trips

With so much to see and do along the Mille Lacs Scenic Byway, you’ll want to stay a night or two. But if you only have one day, make sure you stop in and enjoy our rich history, culture, and hospitality at our cities around the lake.

Oh my. Onamia.

Bike, Hike, or ATV the Soo Line Trail. Bike, walk, or run the many fitness trails in Onamia. Treat yourself to a meal or snack at one of our five restaurants. Better yet, get food to go and relax at Herington Park, the Skate Park, or Onamia City Park (picnic and play areas, restroom, skateboarding, tennis court). Visit the National Shrine of Saint Odilia, patron saint of the blind. You can also horseback ride, catch a launch, go fishing, canoe or tube the Rum River, or golf at Izatys.

So much to do. Kathio State Park and you.

Fish. Boat. Hike. Bike. Bird watch. Use the archery range. Climb the Observation Deck/ Fire Tower. Learn the amazing history of the area at the Petaga Point Archeological Site. Kathio State Park is a one-of-a-kind state park that reflects this one-of-a-kind region.

Or just relax at Grand Casino Mille Lacs.

Hospitality is a tradition for Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures. Summer brings out our best. Enjoy the Grand Casino Mille Lacs hotel and casino, including great dining. Visit the Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post. Or grab a movie at Grand Makwa Cinema.

Garrison’s got it.

Resorts, restaurants, and so much more in Garrison. Check out Paul Bunyan’s Walleye at the scenic overlook and beach at the historical Garrison Concourse. Golf Northwood Hills. Like fishing? Hop aboard one of our fishing launches. Check out Mille Lacs Moraine Scientific and Natural Area to catch a glimpse of our abundant wildlife and large variety of plant, shrub, and flower species. Into history? Garrison is home to one of the state’s largest concentrations of Franklin D. Roosevelt-era Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) projects.

Let’s go to Malmo.

Enjoy an easy, breezy day at Hogsback Beach. Catch a launch and go fishing. Sail a boat. Sail a board. Or kiteboard (we’ve got a national reputation — folks come from everywhere to kiteboard Malmo).

Smile and do Isle.

Bike, Hike, or ATV the Soo Line Trail in Isle! Visit Mille Lacs Lake Historical Society Museum. Take a break at Isle City Park. Rent an ATV or snowmobile. Golf Fiddlestix Golf Course. Like to fish? We’ve got fishing launches. And canoe and kayak rentals. Got your own boat? There’s Cedar Creek Public Access and Beach. Visit a winery. And take a photo at the scenic overlook.

Relaxation Mille Lacs style. Father Hennepin State Park.

A wonderful day in one beautiful spot. We’ve got hiking and biking if you’re so inclined. And a big, beautiful, “toes-in-the-sand” beach on that big, beautiful lake. Swim. Kayak. Experience a perfect Minnesota summer day at Father Hennepin State Park.

Rock on in Wahkon.

Wahkon is home to restaurants, resorts, and fun. Enjoy Wahkon’s Veteran’s Park (picnic and play areas, restrooms). Swim and sun at Bare Ass Beach (clothing IS required!). Paddleboard Wahkon Bay. Check out the history of Lake Mille Lacs’ fishing launches at Ellen Ruth Launch Museum. See the ghost deer.