Where to go: FINAL REPORT FOR THE 2013 SEASON The scenic overlook and adjacent reconstructed prairie are year-round favorites for our visitors. Follow along the park road starting at the main entrance to the turn-around near the overlook.
What you'll see: The overlook offers a sweeping view of the Minnesota and Yellow Medicine River valleys. Migratory waterfowl can be seen moving along the river corridor, and vultures, hawks, and eagles have been soaring along thermals at the crest of the river bluffs. Several owls have been spotted by our visitors as well in the morning and evening hours. Although most of the color bearing leaves have now dropped off the trees along the valley, the prairie grasses are still displaying some impressive color. Gold and amber colors of Indiangrass, mixed with the subtle red and purple of Big Bluestem show the contrasting colors of fall on the prairie. Delicate Switchgrass seed heads, and the unique seed formations of Side Oats Grama are something to take note of as well.
Also of interest: New interpretive panels have been installed at the Upper Sioux Agency Historic Site (MHS).Last updated: October 28, 2013
Canít decide between a one-day or year-round park permit? The DNR has a special offer that can help. Start by purchasing a one-day permit for $5 and visit as many state parks as possible. After visiting the state parks, trade in the one-day permit by the end of that day and get $5 off the purchase of a year-round permit. Year-round permits, which cost $25, provide unlimited access to all 76 Minnesota state parks and recreation areas for a full year from the month of purchase.
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5908 Highway 67
From the town of Granite Falls at the intersection of State Hwy 212 and 23, go south on St. Hwy 23, about one block to State Hwy 67. Turn left on 67 and go eight miles to park entrances. The first of the park's three entrances will take you to the horse rider campground. The second entrance takes you to the main park entrance. The last entrance takes you to the campground.
Best time to contact the park:
Memorial Day through Labor Day: Friday and Saturday: 8:00 am to 8:00 pm; Sunday to Thursday: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Labor Day through Memorial Day: Saturday and Sunday: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Office hours will vary; please leave a message if you are unable to reach a staff member.
Questions can also be referred to the Lac qui Parle State Park office at 320-734-4450