Lac qui Parle State Park

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Lac qui Parle State Park

Minnesota

(320) 734-4450

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Overview

Lac qui Parle is the French translation of the name given to the lake by the Dakota Indians who called it the "lake that speaks." If you visit in the spring or fall you'll understand why. The lake is a stop over for thousands of migratory Canada geese and other waterfowl. You'll hear a chorus of honking, quacking, and other vocalizations. Simply paddle the lake or cast a line and catch walleye, northerns, perch, or crappie. Explore one of the trails by foot or horseback. Visit the historic Fort Renville and Lac qui Parle mission sites. While in the area, be sure to visit the 27,000 acre Lac qui Parle Wildlife Management Area.

Map of Lac qui Parle (MN)

Latitude, Longitude: 45.026909, -95.888624

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Activities

  • Boating

    There is boat access on both the west and the east sides of Lac qui Parle Lake, as well as canoe access from near the southeast edge of the lower campground. No jet skis are allowed. The lake is located within Lac qui Parle Wildlife Management area. Rules governing lake use vary by season. Check at the park headquarters for current information and regulations.

  • Camping

    The Upper Campground offers a trailer dump station for RVs, cart-in sites for tenting, some side-by-side double sites and pull-through sites for trailers. The Upper Campground has 37 electric sites, including nine sites that have full sewer and water hookups. There are eight pull-through sites of which three have full water, sewer and electric service.

  • Fishing

    Lac qui Parle Lake provides excellent fishing for walleye and catfish.

  • Hiking

    The park offers seven miles of hiking trail. Visitors can access trails from behind the picnic shelter in the lower campground. Flat trails are easy to hike and take the visitor along some of the backwaters in the park. There are opportunities for bird watching and wildlife observation along trails. Trails are located in the upper and lower unit and are susceptible to seasonal flooding.

  • Historic Sites

    Lac qui Parle State Park is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A number of WPA-built historic facilities can be found within the park. The Lac qui Parle Mission site is adjacent to the park and operated by the Minnesota Historical Society.

  • Horseback Riding

    The park offers five miles of horse trails. Due to wet conditions in the spring and fall, please call ahead for information on horse trail availability. There is no horse camping available.

  • Hunting

    Hunting is allowed, contact the park for more information.

  • Picnicking

    Picnicking is available at various locations in the park. Tables and fire rings are available in areas around Lac qui Parle Lake. Two open shelters are located near the Lower Unit Campground; one has electricity.

  • RVing

    The upper campground sites include two accessible sites and 37 electric sites including 9 sites with full water and sewer hookup. The RV length limit in the lower campground is 50 feet or 60 feet in the upper campground. Seasonally-open dump stations are located in each of the campgrounds.

  • Water Sports

    A swimming area is located on a sandy beach located in a scenic, rocky area on the west side of Lac qui Parle Lake. There is no lifeguard.

  • Winter Sports

    In winter, the park maintains 5 miles of groomed (easy) cross-country ski trails. Snowshoeing is permitted anywhere in the park except on groomed ski trails. The picnic shelter, located near the lower unit campground, is used as a warming house. The shelter is enclosed and contains fireplace.

Seasonality/Weather

Camping in the Lower Campground is open year-round. Camping in the Upper Campground opens in early May. Showers, bathrooms, and dump stations are closed for the off-season. No reservations are needed from November 1 through April 1. Due to wet conditions in the spring and fall, please call ahead for information on horse trail availability. The geese arrive in early March from their primary wintering post at Swan Lake, Missouri. Spring migrations continue through April.

In late September, geese arrive and continue until the last birds leave in early December. Flights of whistling swans pass over Lac qui Parle in April and November. Pelicans nest in the area on an one-acre island.

Directions

Driving

Travel approximately 1/2 mile north of Watson on U.S. Highway 59 and State Highway 7, then west on Chippewa County Road 13.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(320) 734-4450

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