Big Stone Lake State Park is a Minnesota State Park that stretches for 26 miles along the Minnesota – South Dakota border in the Southern Prairies region of the state. Some have called Big Stone Lake "an oasis in the prairie."
Drive about 6 miles northwest from Ortonville to the park entrance.
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Big Stone Lake attracts people who like to fish. The lake yields walleye, northern pike, bluegills, perch, and channel catfish. A hike through the Bonanza area will let you experience some of the state's rare undisturbed prairie. The wooded Hiking Club Trail along the lakeshore will bring you to tiny Benkowski Falls. Half-mile long Bluebird Trail offers the park's best wildflower viewing.
If you come for the fishing, the park offers boat rentals and great access to the lake. A swimming beach is just east of the boat landing. Discover more about the area's history at the Bonanza Education Center. There are two picnic areas in the park.
Lakeside campsites include 37 campsites for tents and RVs; ten sites have electric hookups. There is 1 hike-in group campsite that can accommodate up to 20 people. Fresh water, showers, flush and vault toilets, and a dump station are all available.
Visit the Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge. This haven for migrating birds is a huge draw for bird watchers. The more than 11,000 acres in the refuge include 1,700 acres of native prairie. One way to experience this area is to drive the six miles along the Prairie Drive Auto Tour.
In late summer or early autumn, drive along the Big Stone lakeshore through the apple orchards north of Ortonville. Read reviews of other attractions near Ortonville, Minnesota.
35889 Meadowbrook State Park Road
Ortonville, MN 56278
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