Lac qui Parle Mission
The origins of written Dakota language
Lac qui Parle is the French translation of the Dakota name, “Lake that speaks.”
It was at this aptly named site that Joseph Renville worked with missionaries to create the first written Dakota alphabet.
This site is managed by the Chippewa County Historical Society.
Hours and admission
The trails are open daily, from dawn until dusk. Trails are not maintained in the winter.
Jct of Chippewa County Hwy. 13 and County Rd. 32
Montevideo, MN 56265
A free parking lot is available at the site.
What to see and do
Trek the trails on foot or horseback. Keep an eye out for wildlife, as the nearby Lac qui Parle Wildlife Management Area means you may come face-to-face with white tail deer, geese, swans, nesting pelicans, and other animals who call the area home.