Mille Lacs Kathio Observation Tower

The trees are finally turning in Minnesota, but I haven’t had many opportunities to get out and photograph them. Fortunately I have some great fall images left from last year, so I’ve gathered a few of those to share with you today.

The tree cover is dense enough in much of Mille Lacs Kathio State Park that one could spend a day hiking here without really noticing the 100-foot high observation tower that pokes above the tree tops.

lookout tower at Kathio Mille Lacs State Park

I assumed this was a fire tower, which it is, but it wasn’t built to protect this park. Originally located farther east near Isle, Minnesota, the tower was moved into the park in 1981. With multiple levels of steps, it’s a long way up to the viewing platform.

lookout tower at Kathio Mille Lacs State Park

lookout tower at Kathio Mille Lacs State Park

lookout tower at Kathio Mille Lacs State Park

Fortunately the tower is located on one of the highest hills in the area so you can get a little better view with fewer steps than you’d usually need to get to that height. It’s worth the climb.

lookout tower at Kathio Mille Lacs State Park

lookout tower at Kathio Mille Lacs State Park

(There were only a few other visitors when we stopped by on a week day, but even a few creates a friendly  traffic jam on the tower’s narrow stairs!)

lookout tower at Kathio Mille Lacs State Park

lookout tower at Kathio Mille Lacs State Park

Mille Lacs Kathio State Park is located near the southwest end of Lake Mille Lacs in north central Minnesota.

This post is linked to Travel Photo Thursday at Nancie’s Budget Traveler’s Sandbox, where a world of images awaits.

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6 thoughts on “Mille Lacs Kathio Observation Tower”

  1. Such beautiful photos and a unique perspective. We saw the autumn colours in Japan last year and they certainly are spectacular. We don’t get autumn colours where I live in North Queensland, Australia.

    1. Thanks, Jan. I’ve always thought about visiting Japan in spring, but it sounds like fall might be a good choice too! Having always lived in a place with fall colors, it’s easy to forget that not everywhere has that. I would miss the fall colors, but I might not miss them as much if I lived somewhere as beautiful as North Queensland!

  2. Hi Cindy. Beautiful views! I climb a lot of stairs theses days, so those look like a chore! 🙂 Thanks for linking up this week! #TPThursday

    1. Ah, but that means you should be in great shape and well prepared to tackle them! They weren’t too bad – the lower levels are fine, but they get steeper and narrow as you reach the top!

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