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Biking in the Upper Minnesota Watershed at Lac qui Parle State Park
August 24, 2013 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm$10
This up to 3-hour adventure offers something for everyone. Participants may choose from paved trails in the newer upper park, on the east side of the lake, to a 19 mile loop that provides the rider with a variety of hills and straight terrain, on very lightly trafficked county tar roads. Alternative 5 to 10 mile round trips will be available. The old lower park on the west side where the LQP River comes into the lake has gravel roads and is nicely forested and beautiful old WPA buildings. The new upper park on the east side has tar loop roads, and spectacular views from high hills above the lake. There are hiking paths on both parks, with native prairie in the upper park. A nice DNR interpretive center with many stuffed birds, and a variety of animal pelts, is handy on the east side.
At 5:30 pm, there will be a short historic presentation at the Joseph Renville Fort site, and a visit to the nearby largest known cottonwood tree in the state of Minnesota (both on SE end of the lake, just 1/3 of a mile north of the meeting point).
There are many camping opportunities for those who want to do a weekend or overnight, with modern RV hook ups, many tenting spots, and the upper park features 3 cabins to rent. For reservations at Lac qui Parle State Park call 1-877-857-2757.
Location: Lac qui Parle Lake, Upper and Lower State Park
Skill level: Basic (kids) to experienced (clipped in on road bike)
Trip leader: CURE board member Brian Wojtalewicz
CURE Member Fee: FREE (registration is open)
Non-CURE Member Fee: $10 for adults and kids are free with an adult (registration begins July 15th)
Where to meet: DNR parking lot near the dam, at the SE end of LQP lake, across the county highway from Mitlyng’s Bait & Tackle (13045 1st Street W, Watson MN) In the event of rain, please meet at the Interpretive Center at 14047 20th Street NW, Watson MN.
What to bring: sunscreen, bug spray and a water bottle