Upper Campground

Lac Qui Parle State Park

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140th Avenue Northwest
Watson, MN 56295
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GPS: 45.0451, -95.8805

Last Price Paid: $27
Number of Sites: 43
Reservations: Yes
Open Seasonally: May-Oct.
Elevation: 1017 ft
Max Length: 60 ft
Tent Camping: Yes

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Minneapolis, MN
Winnebago Micro Minnie
43 reviews
Nightly rate: $27
Days stayed: 4
“Not a particularly exciting state park”

Reviewed Jun 24, 2017

Overall Rating

The lower campground is pretty standard for most Minnesota State Parks, with somewhat decent privacy between some of the sites, and the sites aren't necessarily spaced out equally. But, it was absolutely unbearable with mosquitoes. I opened my window to take a picture and, no lie, about 50 of them got in my car. I left and instead camped at the upper campground. I've heard a lot of people routinely ask to change campgrounds because of this.

The upper campground is newer, with zero privacy between sites. It's obviously intended for RVers, and a few of the spots have great views out of one or both windows. Most sites seemed very level. It was windy almost the entire time I was here, which is good, because while the mosquitoes are better than the lower campground, they're still here. The wind can get very, very strong. Watch children and pets around RV doors because they will slam shut very hard with the wind. I rarely use my stabilizing jacks, but I had to here to get any sleep as the wind shook me.

The lower campground had no cell service on AT&T, Verizon, or T-Mobile.

The upper campground had:
AT&T - very reliable, 52ms ping, 15mbps down, 1mbps up, 4 bars LTE
Verizon: 58ms ping, 2.76mbps down, 1.92mbps up, 3 bars LTE
T-Mobile: 71ms ping, 9.2mbps down, 1.3mbps up, 2 bars LTE

In my opinion, the best sites are the ones at the edge closest to the lake. The pull-through spots (U28e, U33e, and probably U40e) would give your passenger side unobstructed sunset views of the lake. U27e is almost as good, because of the angle.

The park didn't have all that much to do and see, but I do think this is an excellent central location if you're a full-timer with a car, because it's halfway between Montevideo (a decent-sized town with a Walmart) and Ortonville near the South Dakota border (a small town, but has groceries). I enjoyed driving from here up through Milan, Appleton, the Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge, Ortonville, and Big Stone Lake State Park. That park has a campground too, but that state park is even less exciting than Lac qui Parle.

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  • 50 Amp
  • 30 Amp
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  • water
  • sewer
  • Full Hookups
  • boat ramp
  • fishing
  • picnic area
  • recreation trail
  • water access
Site Amenities:
  • big rig
  • fire ring
  • picnic table
  • pull thru
  • cabins
  • dump station
  • restrooms: flush
  • showers
  • trash
  • water available
  • pets


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