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Big Stone Lake State Park

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Where to go: Big Blue Stem and Indian grass are blazing red as you enter the Meadowbrook area of the park. The ash and cottonwood trees are golden yellow and maples showing their red can be seen at the Meadowbrook area. The trees form a frame of yellow around the lake. The morning and dusk light make for vibrant pictures of the fall colors.

What you'll see: Big bluestem, Indian grass, and prairie cordgrass are all in their bright late fall colors. The cottonwood, maples, burr oak and ash have colorful leaves. Wild turkey and white tail deer will be seen on your drive to the park and during your visit. The campground is very peaceful this time of year. Some of the leaves have blown off the trees with the recent winds, but it creates an interesting Fall pattern as you drive around the lake.

Also of interest: The Bonanza area has beautiful wildflowers and native grasses to enjoy the shades of the end of summer. Apples are ready for picking at the park and at Apple Ranches along MN Hwy 7. Spend the day enjoying the park and make a trip to the local Apple Ranch.

Last updated: October 24, 2014 

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Getting there

35889 Meadowbrook State Park Road
Ortonville, MN 56278

From Ortonville, go 7 miles northwest on Hwy. 7. Follow signs to park.


Phone: 320-839-3663

Email: bigstone.statepark@state.mn.us

Best time to contact the park:

Memorial Day - Labor Day: Friday afternoons, Saturdays and Sundays. All other times, please contact Lac qui Parle State Park.