Upper Sioux Agency State Park
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Upper Sioux Agency State
Park is located in the Prairies region of southwestern Minnesota near Granite
to Get to Upper Sioux Agency State Park: Drive 8
miles southeast of Granite Falls on Highway 67 to the park entrance.
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The 1,280-acre park is located on bluffs above the Minnesota and
Yellow Medicine Rivers. The Upper Sioux,
or Yellow Medicine, Agency was originally established to assist the Dakota
Indians who were opposed to the conflict with white settlers and who attempted
to help them. “Yellow medicine” refers to a native medicinal plant which still grows
along the shores of the river.
- If you visit the park during the first weekend of August, you can
see the Upper Sioux Wacipi or Powwow.
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Upper Souix Agency is one of several state parks that offer opportunities to learn about Minnesota Native Americans. Several offer learning opportunities about the Ojibwe tribes in Minnesota while this park's focus in on the smaller, Souix, population in the state.
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Sioux Agency State Park’s Natural Attractions: Bluffs, restored prairies, wetlands, and forests
are all part of the landscape here. You may see wildlife of many kinds, including
deer and shore birds like pelicans and blue herons. Hawks and turkey vultures
are often spotted here, and bald eagles winter in the area.
Things to Do in Upper Sioux Agency State Park: Enjoy one of the
two picnic areas. A large shelter in the main picnic area can accommodate up to
100 people. Call the park to reserve the shelter. A swing set, volleyball
court, and horseshoe pit are available.
There are 18 miles
of hiking trails and 16 miles of horse trails in the park. The park is a popular
winter playground, with 14 miles of snowmobile trails and 2 miles of
cross-country ski trails. Snowshoeing is permitted throughout the park. Many
people come in winter just to enjoy the challenging sledding hill. A warming
house is available.
Camping in Upper
Sioux Agency State Park: Camp in a real
tipi! Two tipis, which each sleep six people, can be rented for $30 per night.
Call the park for details. Traditional camping includes 34 drive-in sites for
tents and RVs; 14 of these sites have electrical hookups. In addition, there
are three walk-in sites, and a horse camp with 45 sites. Picnic tables, fire
rings, showers, and flush and vault toilets are available. There is a dump
station in Granite Falls.
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More Attractions in This Region: Visit Granite Falls.
Tour the Yellow Medicine County Museum to learn about Native American and pioneer life in the area. The Minnesota Machinery Museum is a massive commemoration of early Minnesota agriculture.
Other State Parks in This Region of Minnesota: Lac Qui Parle State
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Shetek State Park
5908 Highway 67
Granite Falls, MN 56241
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