Lac Qui Parle State Park14047 20th St NW
Watson, MN 56295
Approximately 1/2 mile north of Watson on U.S. Highway 59 and State Highway 7, then west on Chippew County Road 13.Get Directions
The "lake which speaks" is a dominant feature of this park. In fall, thousands of geese descend on the lake, bald eagles perch on nearby trees and deer are a common sight. Fishing is popular year-round and the area is rich in Minnesota history. 6 miles hiking; 5 miles cross-country ski trails. The park has a semi-modern campground with electric sites, hot showers, flush toilets, swimming beach and boat access.
Hours & Dates
Park permits: $35 annual, $26 second vehicle, $12 handicapped, or $7 daily. Camping fees are separate.
Book an online reservation 24 hours a day.
Phone reservations can be made by calling 866-857-2757 (TTY: 952-936-4008) Apr–Sep, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Open in fall
- Open in winter
- Open in summer
On-Site Facilities & Services
- Children's programs (scheduled, supervised)
- Evening entertainment (regularly scheduled)
- Located on a lake or river
- Cross-country ski rental
- Hiking trail
- Lake/river access (boat ramp)
- Swimming beach
Solar Powered building to be completed this summer. Grant from Excel Energy is paying for Solar Panels to be placed at our headquarters this should reduce electric bill dramatically. Construction to begin this summer.
- Eco-friendly landscape/facility design
- Accessible to disabled
- Can accommodate groups of 45 or more
Number/Type of Campsites
- Number of camping cabins: 3
- Number of RV/trailer-only sites: 8
- Number of tent or RV/trailer sites: 58
- Number of tent-only sites: 12
- Total number of campsites: 83
- 50 amp
- Camping accessible to disabled
- Flush toilets in campground
- Group camp facilities
- Hookups available in winter
- Hot showers in campground
- Lodge/central building
- Pets allowed in campsite
- Pull-through sites
- Sanitary dump station
- Secluded campsites
- State Parks Campgrounds
Length of Stay
- Daily site rental
- Seasonal site rental
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
Based on 20 reviews
Used to love fishing there and taking my family also, but recently more and more people are showing up without the day pass or the year pass sticker! And have been ruining the experience, recently I...
— doorwaytoh, July 23, 2022
Made reservations to stay in one of the camper cabins. MAKE SURE you go to the UPPER CAMPGROUND that is where the cabins are. This park also has a lower campground which is not close by. Thank...
— Janet B, April 21, 2021
Upper campground is clean, and has
a very nice bathroom bldg with several private showers. There are 2 handicapped shower/bathroom combo and 4 single showers with their own outside door.
— ChesterHester, July 26, 2020
Walked hiking trail found password.
Hiking Club map needs update as a small part of trail near the Lac Qui Parle river has been rerouted. Some work on trail has started but know it will lead to a...
— 690jedb, June 20, 2020
Lac qui Parle State Park has two separate campgrounds (Upper and Lower) and there is a chunk of driving distance between them. both are also separate from the state park check in/registration. The...
— Sandita_travels, July 24, 2018