Lac qui Parle Mission

Picture of Lac qui Parle Mission

Learn about life at this pre-territorial mission, the development of the Dakota alphabet and the translation of the Bible.

A mission and fur post overlooked the Minnesota River 150 years ago and today the mission still stands. Joseph Renville, an explorer and fur trader whose mother was Dakota and father was French, established a fur post on the river in 1826 near a wide portion called Lac qui Parle. He invited missionaries to the area. After his death in 1846, Dakota opposition to the mission forced the missionaries out. Managed by Chippewa County Historical Society.


Eight miles northwest of Montevideo on Chippewa County Hwy. 13, off U.S. Hwy. 59.


Summer only
May through Labor Day: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. School season may vary.




Free for all visitors.

Mailing Address

Lac qui Parle Mission
P.O. Box 303
Montevideo, MN 56265


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