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Upper Sioux Agency State Park, Granite Falls

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.2/5 based on 15+ reviews on the web
Upper Sioux Agency State Park is a Minnesota state park on the Minnesota River, south of Granite Falls. It preserves the site of the historic Upper Sioux Agency (or Yellow Medicine Agency), which was destroyed in the Dakota War of 1862. The agency site was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970 for having state-level significance under the themes archaeology, architecture, education, and social history.
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  • There are actually 3 campgrounds. We stayed in a tent near the river. Beautiful spot near the Minnesota River. Enjoyed hiking here, There is good interpretive center with a friendly staff. 
  • This park is a beautiful place to camp. Where the Yellow Medicine River meets the Minnesota, plenty of places to fish. Great hiking trails and a lot of history. We stayed in a Tipi with small children...  read more »
  • As a Minnesotan, the events that took place in this area are important to our Minnesota history. The Visitor Center does a good job of explaining the situation that arose in the 1800's. The informatio...  read more »
  • We visited this campsite this past weekend August 26 and 27th 2016. We had booked a tipi in March. When we arrived they told us the mosquitos had been out a lot more but not to worry as if you kept the door shut they would not fly up and in. I have been born and raised in MN and I know mosquitos. This was beyond normal camping and mosquitos. I had children age 18 months, 3, 5 and 7. We had protected them throughout the day and night with bug spray no issues. But when it came to going to sleep it was a different story. My youngest two seemed to sleep fine. My husband 5 year old and 7 year old had slept completely under there sleeping bag as the mosquitos were driving them crazy. I never slept because I was up swatting all night. We didn't even stay both nights because it was so bad. We woke up and went home immediately. My 18 month old had over 100 bites on her face and my 3 year old had more. They had the worst amount of bites I have EVER seen in my entire 30 years of life. I am not big on writing reviews but after this terrible experience I wanted other families to know about this situation. The campground itself was nice. the staff was nice. But the teepee was HORRIBLE!!! I would not recommend unless you brought a mosquito net to sleep in!
  • I would not recommend this park if you are looking for privacy. Being mostly prairie land, the campsites are fairly open. That being said, there is plenty of trails to explore, and lots of historic buildings/ruins. This park also gives you the option of sleeping in a tipi (teepee)! I have yet to try the tipi, but they look like a ton of fun. They are also quite large. There is only a few in the park, so if you want one, I would suggest reserving online. Enjoy your stay!
  • Very historic and sad story of the native population.
  • We camped at the river sites. The area was very nice, with good fishing. The river wasn't too fast for kayaking at the time. We hope to go again.
  • Lots of hiking trails!
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