Big Stone Lake State Park

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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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Visitor Alert

All water is turned off at the park as of October 22, 2017. Water will be turned back on for South Dakota and Minnesota Border Waters Fishing Opener in April 2018.

Park Notes

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Park Highlights

tree Lakeside Campsites

tree Fishing

tree Bird Watching

tree Native Prairie/Oak Savanna in Scientific and Natural Area

tree Wildflowers Spring/Summer


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 320-734-4450 ext 222.


35889 Meadowbrook State Park Road
Ortonville, MN 56278

tel: 320-839-3663

fax: 320-839-3676


Getting There

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

Attention GPS navigators:

GPS coordinates frequently direct campers to a county road with no access to the park. When traveling north to the park from Ortonville on MN Highway 7, stay on MN Highway 7 and look for large brown highway signs that direct you to Big Stone Lake State Park Meadowbrook Area.