Big Stone Lake State Park
Big Stone Lake is 26 miles long and is located on the South Dakota-Minnesota border. The lake is the source of the Minnesota River and attracts anglers who catch walleye, northern pike, yellow perch and bluegills. The northern section of the park, called the Bonanza Area, provides a picnic area and boat launch for guests. The area also includes the Bonanza Education Center which provides a place to discover the past and ways to preserve it. The southern section of the park, called the Meadowbrook Area, contains a campground, swimming beach and hiking trails.
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The park is open for camping.
The shower building is open to park visitors, and water is also available at the campground spigots and dump station.
Campground Host needed
Campground host needed from September - October. The host site is located in the Meadowbrook Campground and just steps away from beautiful Big Stone Lake, Headwaters of the Minnesota River. This 26 mile long lake is a natural lake on the Minnesota River and is an excellent lake for boat and shore fishing all summer long. The camping pad is partially shaded, 39 feet long, 30 amp electric service, and located next to the shower building. In the lakeside campground, it is common to see oriole nests, bluebirds, pileated woodpeckers, and other song birds.
Last updated June 5, 2015
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Don't move firewood!
Burning non-local firewood can spread invasive species, and it's against Minnesota state law. Learn more. Always buy your firewood at the park, or from an approved local vendor. Find firewood vendors for Big Stone Lake State Park.
Bird Checklist at Big Stone Lake State Park.
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.
35889 Meadowbrook State Park Road
Ortonville, MN 56278
From Ortonville, go 7 miles northwest on Hwy. 7. Follow signs to park.