Renville County was named for Joseph Renville, a famous pioneer in the west central frontier of Minnesota. Renville was born in 1779 in the village of Kaposia. His father was a French fur trader and his mother was Dakotah and member of the Little Crows band of Sioux. Renville at the age of 10 was sent to Canada to study the French language and the fundamentals of the Christian religion under the guidance of a Catholic priest. Upon his return to Minnesota, he served as a guide and interpreter for the government and fur trading companies. He established his own trading post located in La Qui Parle, where he later died. Renville is remembered as a friend to the Sioux Indians and white travelers alike. His relationship with the Indian tribes was instrumental in maintaining peace for the new frontier. More information about the history of Renville County and historically significant areas, please click here.
Explore the wonder of the four seasons in the Minnesota River Valley. This is home to rustic parks, hiking trails, birding opportunities, horse trails and camps, areas for snowmobile and four-wheelers, excellent hunting, and more!
Travel along the Scenic Byway through a number of historic sites such as the Birch Coulee Battlefield, the Rudi Memorial, Joseph R. Brown Historic Site and the Schwandt Monument as well as Upper Sioux Agency State Park to the north and Fort Ridgley State Park to the south.
Renville County has seven county parks and five golf courses where you can relax, camp and enjoy the great outdoors. Click here for Parks.
The county also has four golf courses where you can enjoy a relaxing round of golf.