The Upper Sioux Agency State Park is 1,280 acres full of grasslands, woods, open prairies and fields, meadows, and wetlands. The park is home to many popular activities and some cultural and historical experiences, too. There are several campgrounds with varying levels of campsite accommodations, including rustic, RV, horse sites, wheelchair accessible (but not ADA approved), drive in sites, electric sites, and tipis.
There is access to showers and bathrooms that are wheelchair accessible, and there are vault toilets throughout the park. The park has dumpsters but does not have a dump station, so you will need to pass it on your way out. It is approximately nine miles away down U.S. Highway 212. Your pooch is allowed around the campgrounds, but he cannot use the tipi with you.
The park also has hiking, canoeing, picnicking, playgrounds, historic sites, volleyball, and horseback riding. One trail you and your furry friend might want to try out is the Minnesota River Trail, which is 1.8 miles one way. You might see eagles along this mostly flat, dirt trail. The trail crosses with others, so if you wanted to extend your hike, you could just pick a new path.
If you want a longer trail, try the Hiking Club Trail, which is a 4.3-mile loop on packed dirt and mowed grass. It is a little bit hilly. Throughout the Upper Sioux Agency State Park, you might see interpretative signs explaining the history of the land. Whatever you and your pooch do, make sure you keep your dog on a leash at all times.
Horses also use the trails here at the Upper Sioux Agency State Park, so you want to make sure your dog is under control when you're exploring. Never leave your dog unattended and always immediately pick up after he goes to the bathroom. Your pup should be obedient and respond to your call. If you are camping, make sure both you and your dog are quiet during quiet hours.