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Lac qui Parle Mission
P.O. Box 303
Montevideo, MN 56265
Phone: 320-269-7636
E-mail: [email protected]

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.


Trails are open every day from dawn until dusk.

Buildings are summer only
May through September: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. School season may vary.


Free for all visitors.

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