Mille Lacs Kathio State Park to host Archaeology Day event

The Minnesota Archaeological Society will be at Mille Lacs Kathio State Park on Saturday to host a day of demonstrations, displays and activities highlighting the archaeology and heritage of the region.

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Demonstrations and activities will include flint knapping, prehistoric pottery, birch bark canoe making, spears and spear-throwing, primitive bows, guns of the fur trade and children’s activities. Displays include books and pamphlets of the Minnesota Archaeological Society as well as archaeology projects of Maritime Heritage Minnesota, St. Cloud State University, U.S. Forest Service and the Office of the State Archaeologist.

The public is invited to observe a small archaeological excavation in progress. Films about archaeology and birch bark canoe building will be shown continuously at the park’s interpretive center. The demonstrations and activities will take place from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Archery in the Park, an archery range for ages 8 and up, will be available from 1-4 p.m.

Archaeologists and a wildlilfe biologist will team up to give tours in 10-person canoes while discussing archaeological sites and Mille Lacs area wildlife. Three one-hour tours will be offered, at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Participants must be at least 10 years old. Registration is required and is limited to the first 18 people for each canoe tour. To provide opportunities for individuals attending the event, we are unable to accommodate large groups for the canoe tours. Register for canoe tours at the park’s interpretive center or call 320-532-3269 and leave your name, phone number and number of people attending. Paddles and life jackets are provided.

There is no charge for the Archaeology Day activities. A vehicle permit is required to enter Minnesota State Parks. Vehicle permits may be purchased at the park office, $5 for a daily permit or $25 for an annual permit, which allows entry to all Minnesota State Parks for one year from the date of purchase.

Mille Lacs Kathio State Park is located 8 miles north of Onamia, 14 miles south of Garrison, on U.S. Highway 169. For more information, call the park at 320-532-3523.