Lac qui Parle State Park

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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

Welcome to Winter! With the first snow of the season it is time to switch gears to winter operations. The campgrounds and camper cabins at Lac qui Parle State Park are closed for the season as of November 30th. 3.1 miles of designated un-groomed cross country ski trails are available in the lower part of the park on the west side of the lake. A WPA warming shelter is available for use with firewood available along the trail. The road to the boat landing is plowed in the winter when staffing allows.

Park Notes

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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 Winter Monday - Friday 9 am until 4 pm.


14047 20th Street Northwest
Watson, MN 56295

tel: 320-734-4450

fax: 320-734-4452


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.