Upper Sioux Agency State Park

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Upper Sioux Agency State Park


Upper Sioux Agency State Park contains the site of the Upper Sioux or Yellow Medicine Agency. The park was established in 1963 to preserve and interpret the remains of the old Agency site. The park covers 1,280 acres and offers diversity: open prairie knolls, bluffs, and cool, wooded slopes. From the vistas, visitors enjoy the trails which are ideal for horseback riding, hiking, skiing, and snowmobiling. The park also offers a huge sliding hill for winter fun.

Tell me more about this park's wildlife, history, geology and landscape.


Visitor Alert!

Guaranteed camping is now available at the park

All sites at Upper Sioux Agency State Park are now reservable. We encourage you to make your camping reservations in advance. Drop-in reservations are welcome for any unoccupied sites for one night only. If additional nights are desired, please check with park staff for availability. Available sites lists are posted at each of the park’s information kiosks and are updated periodically throughout the day.

(Updated August 12, 2014)

Park Notes

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

Award winning:

Tepee camping at Upper Sioux Agency State Park was named "Best Camping with a Twist" in the Star Tribune's 2014 Best of Minnesota review!

U.S.-Dakota War of 1862:

2012 marked 150 years since the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862. Upper Sioux Agency State Park was an important location during this time. Find out how to learn more.

Camping available year-round!

Camping is available at Upper Sioux Agency State Park year-round.

Stay the night in a Tipi!

Upper Sioux Agency State Park has three 18-foot diameter canvas tipis available to rent.

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

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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 Upper Sioux Agency State Park.

Birders

Bird Checklist This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it. at Upper Sioux Agency State Park.

Park Highlights

tree Camping Including Tipi Sites

tree Historic Site

tree Horse Trails/Camp

tree Varied Landscape/Hiking Trails

tree Birdwatching


Hours

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

Contact

5908 Highway 67
Granite Falls, MN 56241

tel: 320-564-4777

email: uppersiouxagency.statepark@state.mn.us

Getting There

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.