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Lac Qui Parle State Park lies in southwestern Minnesota, close to the towns and cities of Montevideo, Milan, and Appleton. The state park itself is situated on the eastern shores of Lac Qui Parle, a lake whose name is a French translation of a native Dakota name, meaning lake that speaks. The Lac Qui Parle is a man-made reservoir created by damming the Minnesota River to help with flood defenses. This lake and park have quickly become one of the best recreational sites in all of southwestern Minnesota.
From its reputation for excellent fishing, its vast lake for boating and watersports, down to the camping amenities and facilities it provides, Lac Qui Parle State Park has it all. All of this makes Lac Qui Parle State Park an ideal place to take an RV rental. Finding the park with a rental RV is simple enough, Highway 59 will take campers directly to the park. Rent a camper near Lac Qui Parle State Park, and you will immerse yourself in the idyllic surroundings of this lake and riverside Eden. Search for an RV in Chippewa County to start your Lac Qui Parle State Park experience.
As Lac Qui Parle State Park lies directly on the shores of Lac Qui Parle Lake, fishermen and women are drawn in from all over to fish its waters. Campers are almost guaranteed a rewarding angling experience at Lac Qui Parle State Park. The water here is home to a wide verity of freshwater game fish, many in very high numbers. Lac Qui Parle State Park campers can cast their hooks and catch species such as largemouth bass, bluegill, lake sturgeon, walleye, and northern pike.
Boating is also a great way to spend your time at Lac Qui Parle State Park. There are numerous publically accessible boat ramps located around the lake; this makes accessing the water a breeze. With such a vast area of water, Lac Qui Parle Lake offers itself perfectly for all kinds of boating, whether that be pontoon boats and watersports or quietly exploring its shores with a canoe or kayak. Those motorhome camping without a boat of their own can always rent kayaks and canoes from the park, all for a small fee.
Campers who love to get out and hike into the green fields and woodlands can do so at Lac Qui Parle State Park. The park is home to a network of hiking and equestrian trails, each of which is flat and easy to walk and ride. These trails also give the hikers ample opportunity to view the park’s abundant wildlife. Bird watchers, in particular, will delight in sightings such as the sharp-tailed grouse, upland sandpiper, and the marbled godwits.
Those RV camping at Lac Qui Parle State Park will find two campgrounds within the park. The Upper Campground offers full 20, 30, 50 amp electrical, water, and sewage hookups. Facilities on-site include a dump station, flushing toilets, shower blocks, and picnic tables. There are also many pull thru-sites here, meaning all sizes of rigs are welcome. Pets are also welcome, but they must be kept on a leash at all times.
The Lower Campground is ideal for RV campers who wish for a little more seclusion. Partial hookups are available here including 20, 30 amp electrical and water hookups. Facilities here include a dump station, flushing toilets, fire rings, and picnic tables.
Although Lac Qui Parle State Park is somewhat picturesque isolation, it only takes a few miles to drive to the city of Granite Falls. Granite Falls is home to, among many things, the Fagen Fighters WWII Museum. This museum is home to a vast collection of Second World War fighter planes. The museum is a must for anyone interested in military history and the history of aviation. The museum is styled out in very true to life exhibitions with historical models and artifacts; this gives visitors a true insight into the history of aerial combat.
Another must-see museum in Granite Falls is the Andrew John Volstead Museum. This museum was once the former home of Andrew John Volstead, a ten-term United States Congressman, most known for his association with prohibition during the early part of the 20th century. The building was placed on the register for historic buildings in 1974, and two years later was granted as a National Historic Landmark. Visitors can take a tour of this historic home and learn about the life and times of Andrew John Volstead.
Drive a few miles north, and campers will arrive at the town of Benson. While in Benson, be sure to visit the Benson Family Aquatic Center. This center is the ideal outing for the whole family and especially those families with young children. The center is home to several swimming pools, water slides, and wave machines.