Lac qui Parle State Park and Lac qui Parle Mission
How to get there: Lac qui Parle is located on the Upper Minnesota River in western Minnesota near the South Dakota border. What you will find: A 1,057 acre park with campsites, camper cabins, group camps, a swimming beach, boat launch, hiking and horseback trails, cross country ski trails, and canoe/kayak rentals. Services at this site: Yes. The best way to learn more about Lac qui Parle State Park is to stop in at the park office for a map and information about what to see in the park. Activities are offered occasionally throughout the summer.
In French, Lac qui Parle means “the lake which talks”; in Dakota, Bde Iedaŋ ,or “little talking lake
In the spring and fall, “Little talking lake” resounds with a chorus of honking, quacking, and other vocalizations from migratory birds.
A Waḣpetuŋwaŋ Dakota village was located on Lac qui Parle Lake within what is now the state park. A Waḣpetuŋwaŋ leader known in English as The Little was associated with this village in the 1820s and 1830s
Lac qui Parle Lake provides visitors with quiet place to get away from the city year ‘round, where visitors can canoe or kayak, fish for walleye, northerns, perch, or crappie, explore one of the trails by foot or horseback, or watch deer and other wildlife including Bald eagles perched in nearby trees. Spring and fall migrations can be spectacular at the park.
Spring and fall migrations can be spectacular at the park. The historic Fort Renville and Lac qui Parle Mission sites are within the park boundaries.