Upper Campground

Lac Qui Parle State Park

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140th Avenue Northwest Watson, MN 56295 320-734-4450 Official Website

GPS: 45.0451, -95.8805

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Overview of Upper Campground

Number of Sites 43

Reservations yes

Open Seasonally May-Oct.

Elevation 1,017 ft / 309 m

Max Length 60 ft

Tent Camping Yes

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Verizon 4G/LTE
Confirmed by 2 Users
Last reported 7/7/2018
Confirmed by 1 User
Last reported 6/24/2017
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Livingston, TX 35' Winnebago Adventurer 2018 Chevy Sonic
55 reviews
“Beautiful & Relaxing!”

Reviewed 7/7/2018

Nightly rate: $33
Days stayed: 10
Site Number: U9
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Watson, MN – Lac Qui Parle State Park – Upper campground
What a beautiful park! In early July 2018 we stayed for 10 nights in the upper campground in site U9, which had FHU, 50 amp. The site was large, grassy, with fire ring/grill and picnic table and surrounded by corn fields and prairie with lots of wild flowers. We could see the water in some places. Nightly sunsets were spectacular. There is plenty of space between sites. It was a calm and relaxing place. The visitor center was very interesting and the staff was very friendly and helpful. The clerk forgot to take care of our tow vehicle permit but a ranger came by a few days later and took care of it for us. The hiking trails are mown trails through the prairie and woods and were nice to walk through, with the exception of the woodsy area, where the mosquitoes swarmed like crazy. That’s not unexpected given all the rain this area has had. Price was $33/night for FHU plus we paid the annual vehicle permit of $35. There is not much around to do there, Verizon cell was 4G 3-4 bars and OTA digital channels were slim but we very much enjoyed the calming atmosphere, watching the birds and 13 Lined Ground Squirrels. Our only complaint is the water: it has a bad alkaline smell and taste (even with double filters) and leaves a brown stain in the shower. Bring drinking/cooking water with you.

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Verizon 4G/LTE

JanAndDougS would stay here again

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Minneapolis, MN Winnebago Micro Minnie Volvo XC90
50 reviews
“Not a particularly exciting state park”

Reviewed 6/24/2017

Nightly rate: $27
Days stayed: 4
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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.

Site Quality
Verizon 4G/LTE
T-Mobile 4G/LTE

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  • 50 Amp
  • 30 Amp
  • 20 Amp
  • 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


Lower Campground

quiet night under dark skies, just hours from the twin cities

- SteveInMN

Lagoon Park

Can't get in

- Rand_S

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