My boyfriend's family and I went to camp at this state park this past weekend. We were originally slotted to stay in the group campground, but were moved because of trees that needed to come down. We were in the lower campground.
Everything looked great from inside the car when we arrived but from the second we got out of the car on Thursday evening, to the second we got in to the car on Sunday morning, we were constantly SWORMED by mosquitoes. We had area foggers, a variety of bug spray, even one with 98% deet, and nothing deterred them. It was like they were more attracted to the deet. Even during the day when it was sunny, they were still bugging us non-stop. At one point, most of the family went on a hike. Another person and I had to turn back almost immediately because she had more than twenty mosquito bites on her arms. One guy came back and there were so many mosquitoes swarming him that he looked like he was on fire!
The rangers were nice about it, it obviously isn't the park's fault, and they offered to move us up to the upper campground. Upon venturing to check out the upper campground, we decided that the mosquitoes were worth it. The upper campground was just flat prairie with spots mowed in to the tall grass. Pretty view, but no privacy and it did not look like what camping should be. Maybe for RV's it would be different, but not tents.
Another thing that really affected my experience, which again wasn't the park's fault, in the middle of friday AND saturday night, a huge pack of very loud Coyotes came through our campground. I believe they were just looking for food. They did not bother our tents, but having never heard what a coyote sounds like, it scared the crap out of me.
I did not go to the beach but I heard that was pretty nice. Quite a ways from the lower campground. The showers were push button, but great pressure. The vault toilets were alright. Sort of smelly, but what else do you expect?
Had it not been for the HORRIBLE mosquitoes, it would've been a pretty nice time.
If you own or manage Lac qui Parle State Park, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.