Big Stone Lake is located along the Minnesota/South Dakota border and is the source of the Minnesota River. A narrow lake, it is 27 miles long and 1 mile wide spanning 12,610 acres. It is a productive lake and a popular recreational destination for Southern Minnesota, especially those close to the South Dakota border. The lake attracts walleye, northern pike and bluegill anglers. Walleye in a wide range of sizes can be found on the lake with the most abundant being between 12-20 inches. Unlike most lakes Big Stone Lake provides good fishing for white bass and freshwater drum. Over the past few years there has been a high number present in the lake. Both species are well suited to the existing habitat conditions and they frequently experience good natural reproduction. White Bass and Drum make for great table fair as there are a lot of great recipes to go by. Big Stone Lake is very shallow which provides great walleye fishing from a boat or the shoreline as this lake is popular for both. If taking the boat out fishing along the islands in shallow water proven successful.
Along the Minnesota side banks of the lake is Big Stone Lake State Park providing camping sites, hiking trails and recreation facilities. The north side of the park is considered the Bonanza Area providing a boat launch, picnic spots and a primitive group camp for guests. The south end of the park called Meadowbrook Area is home to the campground, swimming beach and hiking trails. At the northern part of the lake is the town of Browns Valley and nearing the southern tip of Big Stone Lake is the small town of Ortonville. This small community still provides great shopping, lodging and dining.
Lodging near Big Stone Lake
For a small town there are some great places to stay while in Ortonville or on Big Stone Lake, check out a few places below:
Rustling Elm Resort – Founded in 1924 this lodge has great cabins, seasonal lots and camping with places for campfires and docks to keep the boat.
Lakewood Supper Club – Offering dining, event center facilities and lodging all on the shores of Big Stone Lake. The facility has great cabins and a campsite.
Eternal Springs Retreat – A 2000 sq foot lake home on 2 acres of land. This 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath lake cabin is great for the whole family or for a small group on a fishing trip.
Stoney Run Lodge – Nestled back in a grove this 4 bedroom, 2 bath cabin is very close to Big Stone Lake and is equipped with all of the amenities.
Places to grab a bite
Lakewood Supper Club – Offering indoor and outdoor dining on Big Stone Lake
Headwaters Bar and Grill – A great small town bar and grill in the heart of Ortonville
Pizza Ranch – Great place for pizza, chicken or if you are really hungry their buffet
Bait Shops near Big Stone Lake
Artie’s Bait and Tackle – Located in Ortonville, stop in to get the inside scoop on what lures are working (of which, I’m sure he will have it available to purchase!)