Lac Qui Parle State Park

CR 32 and 1st Street N.W.
Watson, MN 56295- Map It
(320) 734-4450

AAA Editor Notes

Lac Qui Parle State Park is n.w. on US 59/SR 7 to jct. CR 13 (1st St. W.), then w. on CR 13 to Lake Rd. The park's namesake lake is a spring and fall stopover for thousands of Canada geese and other waterfowl, and during migration seasons the air is filled with a volley of honks and squawks. The lake's name is a French translation of the name it was given by Dakota Indians, meaning “the lake that speaks.” In addition to bird-watching, the lake offers excellent fishing for walleye, perch and crappie. Seven miles of hiking trails wind through the park. Other popular outdoor activities are canoeing, kayaking, camping, hunting and nature photography. Outside of the park, via CR 13 to 115 140th Ave. N.W., is the site of Lac Qui Parle Mission, Minnesota's first Protestant mission. Here the Dakota bible was translated by missionaries into English, and the Minnesota territory's first church bell tolled. Pets on leash are allowed. Recreational activities are permitted. Camping is permitted. Picnicking is permitted.
A $5 daily state park permit is required to enter the park. Mission site free; guided tours are available for a fee.
Hours: Park grounds open daily 9-4. Mission site open daily 8-8, last Sat. in Apr.-Labor Day.