Mille Lacs trail report: Snowmobile trails open until April 1


Now that Central Minnesota is finally seeing a break in frigid weather, it’s prime time to play in the snow before the spring melt sets in.
Snowmobile trails around Lake Mille Lacs are being groomed through the end of March, while the cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails at both Father Hennepin and Kathio State Parks will remain open until the snow melts.
“This is a great time of year to get out and enjoy the snow before it’s gone,” said Tina Chapman, executive director of the Mille Lacs Area Tourism Council. “The warmer temperatures are ideal for bringing the whole family out for an adventure.”
Mille Lacs Kathio State Park, located on the southwest shore of the lake, offers 19 miles of scenic cross-country skiing trails, 6.5 miles of snowshoeing trails and 19 miles of snowmobile trails. The Trail Center offers ski and snowshoe rentals for both children and adults, and its fireplace creates a warm place for friends and family to gather.
For a shorter, but more serene skiing route, Father Hennepin State Park, located near Isle on the southeast shore of Lake Mille Lacs, has 2.5 miles of groomed cross-country skiing trails.
Outside the State Park facilities, Mille Lacs area snowmobile clubs maintain hundreds of miles of picturesque snowmobile trails around Lake Mille Lacs and the surrounding areas. WCCO even named the Mille Lacs trails as a finalist in their recent search for the best snowmobile trails in Minnesota.
For more information on the trails, including trail maps, condition reports, and snowmobile rental locations, visit  HYPERLINK “” Just remember, snowmobile trails close for the season on April 1.
Lake Mille Lacs is a 132,516-acre lake offering world-class fishing and year-round outdoor adventure for the entire family.