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As part of its work to transfer the land at Upper Sioux Agency State Park to the Upper Sioux Community, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will close the park to the public on Feb. 16.

The Upper Sioux Community has had a longstanding request to the State of Minnesota to return the land at Upper Sioux Agency State Park to the Community. The return of the land to the Upper Sioux Community was directed by the Minnesota Legislature in the 2023 session, with support from the Minnesota DNR and the Walz-Flanagan Administration.

The park is open to visitors until 10 p.m. on Feb. 15. The park will close to visitors by 8 a.m. on Feb. 16. Once closed, there will be no public access to the park, and no services will be available. Gates will be closed, facilities including restrooms will be locked, informational and wayfinding signs will be removed, and trails will not be maintained.