Birch Coulee Battlefield

Panorama shot of prairie during sunset.

The site of the Battle of Birch Coulee

Panorama shot of prairie during sunset.

The site of the Battle of Birch Coulee

Today a peaceful prairie, Birch Coulee was the site of one of the deadliest battles of the US-Dakota War, over 150 years ago.

Open dawn to dusk.

This site is managed by the Renville County Historical Society.

Jct of Renville Cty Hwy 2 and Hwy 18 Morton, MN 56270
birchcoulee@mnhs.org | 800-657-3773

Placard displaying information about the battle of Birch Coulee.

What to see and do

People walking along a dirt trail.

Tour the self-guided trails where markers explain the battle from both Dakota and US soldiers’ perspectives.

A 36-hour siege

The Battle of Birch Coulee began when a group of 200 Dakota soldiers surrounded a camp of soldiers and civilians from Fort Ridgely, and opened fire at dawn. This was the beginning of a siege that lasted 36 hours and resulted in devastating casualties.

Painting of the battle of Birch Coulee.

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