Experience the great outdoors of southwest Minnesota, and brush up on local history when you visit the Upper Sioux Agency State Park! Spanning 1,280 acres in the scenic Minnesota River Valley, this historic site offers a plethora of recreational opportunities for the whole family to enjoy. The best part is, canine companions are also welcome here, so there's no need to leave Fido at home when you visit this pawsome park!
Doggos who love their walkies will be pleased to know that there are 18 miles of easy to moderate trails to check out at Upper Sioux Agency. These trails will take you and Fido along the top of the Yellow Medicine River Valley, along wooded slopes and river bottoms, past prairie areas and wetlands, and through hardwoods—curious pups will have a doggone snifftastic time exploring these diverse landscapes!
Don't miss the 1.8-mile Minnesota River Trail, which winds along the bank of the beautiful Minnesota River. Keep an eye out for eagles and waterfowl by the water as you and your pooch tackle this mostly flat dirt path. If you're hiking this trail in June or July, you'll find wild roses lining the way as well. For a longer hike, continue on to the 1.5-mile Wetland Trail, which will introduce you to the site's resident beavers, or the 1.1-mile Terrace Trail, which should give you and Fido a bit of a workout with its steep terrain. Wherever you go in the park, always keep your four-legged pal on a 6-foot leash, and clean up after them. Have clean-up bags on hand, as well as water to share.
If you'd like to extend your adventure, Upper Sioux Agency offers campgrounds with drive-in and walk-in campsites. Tipis are also available but these are off-limits to dogs, so you'll have to bring your own tent or RV. Remember to observe quiet hours from 10 PM to 8 AM!
A barking good time awaits you and Fido at the Upper Sioux Agency State Park!