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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2016 Reservations changes
(Updated Oct.11, 2016)
2016 games (ongoing throughout the summer)
"Alphabet in Nature" photo safari: Pick up a game card at the office or a self-registration station, and then take a digital camera and your imagination out into the park and photograph all 26 letters of the alphabet in the Meadowbrook or Bonanza areas. When you have all 26, show the park ranger in the office and collect a prize.
"What Am I?" geocache riddle: Pick up a game card at the office or a self-registration station, and take your GPS unit to the Bonanza area. Find the four "What Am I?" geocaches and solve the riddles from the clue cards—when you think you've got it, come to the park office to confirm your answers and receive a poster! Free loaner GPS units are available at the park office.
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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 320-734-4450 ext 222.
35889 Meadowbrook State Park Road
Ortonville, MN 56278
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.