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Lac qui Parle State Park

Lac qui Parle is a 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. 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 33,000 acre Lac qui Parle Wildlife Management Area.

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Visitor Alert!

Archery season is open. Duck and Goose season has reopened. Campers may experience shooting noise. The water has been shut off in the Lower Campground. Campers can acquire water at the shop. Showers/restrooms will remain open in the Upper Campground through November 16. The outside water spigots have been turned off, so people reserving a SWE site will not have water available for hook-up. They can get water from the side of the shower building. The Lower Lac qui Parle Lake is now closed to boating.

Park Notes

Be fascinated. Check out the naturalist programs and other activities scheduled at the park.

Virtual Tour:

Take a virtual tour. It's a great tool to help you plan your next trip to the park!
Panoramic tour | Snapshot tour

Changes at the Park:

New location: The park office and campground registration/information has been relocated to a site on the east side of the lake, near the new upper campground area. These services are available at the Lac qui Parle Area DNR headquarters building, 1/2 mile north of the Upper Campground.

Upper Campground: 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.

Lower Campground: The old campground in the lower unit area of the park continues to be available year-round.

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Don't move firewood!

Burning non-local firewood can spread invasive species, and it's against Minnesota state law. Learn more. Always buy your firewood at the park, or from an approved local vendor. Find firewood vendors for Lac qui Parle State Park.


Bird Checklist at Lac qui Parle State Park.

Park Highlights

tree Camping

tree Fishing

tree Bird Watching/Winter Eagle Sightings

tree Hunting

tree Canoeing

tree Cross-country Skiing


Best time to contact the park: Summer: Monday - Sunday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm


14047 20th Street Northwest
Watson, MN 56295

tel: 320-734-4450

fax: 320-734-4452

email: lacquiparle.statepark@state.mn.us

Getting There

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