Big Stone Lake State Park

Ortonville, Minnesota

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Big Stone Lake is 26 miles long and is a popular fishing lake for walleye, northern pike, and bluegill. The Minnesota River comes out of this lake, making for some additional boating opportunities. Besides fishing, the park is known for its excellent bird watching and wildlife spotting, plus bounteous wildflowers in spring and summer. The northern section of the park is called the Bonanza Area, and it’s full of native prairie and savanna oak, as well as a public education center. This is where the more rustic camping is located as well, with the rest found in the southern part of the park, called Meadowbrook. The latter is also where the park’s short hiking trail is located. The campsites don’t offer significant privacy, although several sites are along the lake. Pets are allowed.
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by Amy Rea (Falcon Guides)

Big Stone Lake is 26 miles long and is a popular fishing lake for walleye, northern pike, and bluegill. The Minnesota River comes out of this lake, making for some additional boating opportunities. Besides fishing, the park is known for its excellent bird watching and wildlife spotting, plus bounteous wildflowers in spring and summer. The northern section of the park is called the Bonanza Area, and it’s full of native prairie and savanna oak, as well as a public education center.

This is where the more rustic camping is located as well, with the rest found in the southern part of the park, called Meadowbrook. The latter is also where the park’s short hiking trail is located. The campsites don’t offer significant privacy, although several sites are along the lake. Pets are allowed.

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Activity Type: Campgrounds
Nearby City: Ortonville
Campsites: 38
Season: Year-round
Additional Use: Swimming, Fishing, Hiking, Camping, Birding
Features: Wildflowers
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Local Contacts: (866) 857-2757; www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/big_stone_lake/index.html
Fees per Night: $10-$20+
Facilities: Picnic tables, fire rings, hiking trails, swimming beach, boat ramp, playground, flush and non-flush toilets, wheelchair-accessible toilets, showers, drinking water, dump station (seasonal).
Driving Directions: Directions to Big Stone Lake State Park

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