Lac qui Parle State Park is located in the Prairies region of southwestern Minnesota near Watson, Granite Falls, and Montevideo.
How to Get to Lac qui Parle State Park: Drive approximately ½ mile north of Watson on U.S. Highway 59. Turn left on County Road 13 and follow the signs to the park entrance.
Lac qui Parle’s Natural Attractions: Three interconnected bodies of water (the Minnesota River, Lac qui Parle Lake, and Lac qui Parle River) attract wildlife and people who love wildlife.
Things to Do in Lac qui Parle State Park: Drive-in boat access makes it easy for anglers, canoers, and kayakers to get on the lake or rivers. Enjoy the swimming beach and stargazing at night from the Upper campground.
Hiking trails include 7 miles of relatively easy, flat trails through some great bird watching and wildlife viewing areas of the park. In addition, there are 5 miles of horse trails, and 5 miles of trail are groomed in winter for cross-country skiing. Snowshoeing is permitted throughout the park, except on groomed trails. Picnic areas in the park include one that overlooks the lake, and two open shelters near the lower campground. One enclosed shelter has electricity and a fireplace. This shelter serves as a warming house in winter.
Camping in Lac qui Parle State Park: There are two main campgrounds. The Upper campground has 43 drive-in sites; 37 with electrical hookups. The Lower campground has 24 sites; 10 with electrical hookups. There are also 3 cart-in sites in the Upper campground and 2 tent-only group camps that accommodate up to 50 people each. Three heated camper cabins are available year-round. Call the park to inquire about reservations. Amenities in campground areas include picnic tables, fire rings, grills, drinking water, showers, flush and vault toilets, and a dump station.
More Attractions in This Region: Just outside the park you can visit the Lac qui Parle Mission, the first church erected in Minnesota, now operated by the Minnesota Historical Society. One mile up the road, an overlook provides a view of the original Fort Renville site, a fur trading post that operated until the 1830s.
Visit Pipestone Natural Monument where Native Americans quarry for pipestone and create pipestone pipes.
Make a side trip to Jeffers Petroglyphs.Minnesota State Parks: From Afton to Zippel Bay
14047 20th Street Northwest
Watson, MN 56295