Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Guided tours
Backcountry camping
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Big Stone Lake State Park is located north of Ortonville, Minnesota on Big Stone Lake. The 26-mile-long lake is on the South Dakota-Minnesota border and is the source of the Minnesota River. Big Stone Lake State Park has two sections. The southern section of the park is called the Meadowbrook Area. The Meadowbrook Area has two boat launches, a campground, a swimming beach, and three miles of hiking trails through a prairie habitat. The northern section known as the Bonanza Area is 12 miles from the Meadowbrook Area. The Bonanza Area has a boat launch, a picnic area and a mile long hiking trail through the woods.

The most popular activity at Big Stone Lake State Park is fishing. Anglers fish the waters of Big Stone Lake for walleye, northern pike, yellow perch and bluegills. Walleye fishing is known to be very good. Sail boating and water skiing are also fun lake activities. Kayaks and canoes are available for rent at the park. In the winter, snowshoeing can be enjoyed anywhere in the park, however there are no groomed trails.

The campground in the Meadowbrook Area section of park has a total of 37 drive-in sites, 10 of the sites have electric hook ups. Thirteen of the sites are lakeside. There is a restroom with showers at the campground.

A fee is required to the park. A Minnesota state park day use or annual permit can be purchased at the Park Office in the Meadowbrook Area or at a self-serve kiosk in the Bonanza Area. Dogs are allowed in all areas of the park, except for in buildings and on the beach. Dogs must when kept on a leash 6 feet long or shorter. A link to the Minnesota DNR website for Big Stone Lake State Park can be found here.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass

State Park Day-Use Fee

Open Year-round



Excellent fishing on Big Stone Lake.


Bugs can sometimes be bothersome.


Boat ramp(s)
Family friendly
Flushing toilets
Dump stations
Picnic tables
Near lake or river
Potable water
Vault toilet


Nearby Lodging + Camping


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