DescriptionMille Lacs Lake, 4 miles north on US 169, offers more than 150 miles of shoreline for summer and winter recreation. Meaning “thousand lakes” in French, the lake is Minnesota's second largest. From December to March more than 5,000 fishing shacks dot the surface of the frozen lake, creating a transitory community known as Frostbite Flats. Many of the ice houses are furnished with heaters, bunk beds, bathrooms and satellite dishes.
The Mille Lacs region has been home to various Native American cultures for more than 9,000 years, and hundreds of ancient ceremonial and burial mounds survive along the shore. The Mille Lacs band of Ojibwe signed a treaty with the U.S. government in 1855 to preserve 61,000 acres around the southern end of the lake; the tribe opened two casinos in the early 1990s, one in Onamia and one in Hinckley.
Things to SeeMille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post