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 & DatesBook an online reservation 24 hours a day. Phone reservations can be made by calling 866-857-2757 (TTY: 952-936-4008) between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily November through March, and from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily April through October. Call Ctr closed holidays.
Park permits: $35 annual, $26 second vehicle, $12 handicapped, or $7 daily. Camping fees are separate.
- Open in fall
- Open in winter
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 16 reviews
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
My husband and I recently moved to Southwestern Minnesota and have spent one day each week exploring. This park was one of our first trips. This was in February so there was still snow on the ground...
— MNnola, April 20, 2018
Nice state park to visit. Lots of nice hiking trails, overlooks, and a nice place to get access to the lake. Would highly suggest.
— Samuel R, February 17, 2018
Great state park. Lots to do and see. Great way to spend a day with family and friends. Treating hiking. Things to do in all seasons
— Jodi56257, January 6, 2018
We came out specifically to do the State Hiking Club Trail. Our goal is to do them all. We got to the entrance and the sign said the trails were closed due to high water. Also the winds were gusting...
— Chris K, October 23, 2017