By Jim Umhoefer
Lac qui Parle County, 10 miles northwest of Montevideo Access from Chippewa County 13 or Lac qui Parle County 33. Highway map index: D-16.
French explorers living with the Indians along the upper Minnesota River gave Lac qui Parle Lake its musical name based on Dakota Indian legend. Lac qui Parle, or the "lake that talks," really does seem to talk when you listen to the collected voices of thousands of geese during spring and fall migrations.
The 530-acre state park at the foot of the lake lies next to the 27,000-acre Lac qui Parle Wildlife Management Area, which stretches to the northwest. When the Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge (an upriver extension of the Lac qui Parle Wildlife Management Area) was created, it transformed the upper Minnesota River Valley into a vast game preserve that harbors deer, geese, prairie chickens, pheasants and other game. Read more: