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Stretching for 30 miles across Minnesota is Big Stone Lake State Park. A beautiful area of land that offers visitors countless opportunities for fun and recreation in the great outdoors. The lake itself is the source of the Minnesota River, and this lake is one of the biggest draws to the area.

Those that rent an RV in Big Stone County can enjoy walking through Big Stone Lake State Park's native prairie or can head out on the lake, and enjoy a quiet sunset and sleep by the water’s edge. Those that camp here often combine their trip with the many nearby attractions in towns such as Watertown, SD, Willmar, MN, and Brookings, SD.

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Getting Outdoors

Keen anglers rent a camper near Big Stone Lake State Park in the hope that they will be able to catch species such as bluegills, northern pike, and walleye. Fishing licenses are needed to fish in the lake, with extra fees required if you are looking to catch trout, salmon or sturgeon. Either bring your own fishing gear with you or should you not have your own, there is equipment available to rent directly in the park. If you don't fancy fishing, just heading out onto the water in a boat is a relaxing way to spend the day.

There are several places to go hiking within the park, none of which are particularly long. The Bonanza Area Hiking Club Trail, for example, covers one mile over rolling hills, and this path is one of your best options when it comes to the chance of seeing some of the local wildlife. The Prairie Trail is perfect for those that are on the hunt for wildflowers, with this 2-mile loop taking you through tall grasses and wildflower meadows. The last main trail is the Bluebird Trail, which is a flat, 1-mile loop.

One of the more unique things to do when camping at Big Stone Lake State Park is to go fossil hunting. The southern end of the park was once a glacial lake, and because of this, fossils can sometimes be spotted in the boulders in the Bonanza section of the park. There are also quarries of granite and high-grade metamorphic rock here, and the fossilized high-grade teeth of sharks are often located here. You never know what you might find.

Camping at Big Stone Lake State Park

Campers are able to go Big Stone Lake State Park camping right by the lake, offering beautiful views to wake up to. Meadowbrook Campground is relatively small, with only 37 campsites that are open for reservations. Sites here are pretty basic, with only a few offering 30 amp electrical service, meaning it is best for those that prefer a little more of a primitive camping experience. None of the sites by the water edge have any electrical hookups. Surrounded by vegetation, each site comes with a fire ring and a picnic table, and there are modern restroom facilities. Pets are allowed in the state park RV campgrounds but must be kept on a leash.

Should you want to camp on the shores of the lake but not directly in Big Stone Lake State Park, stay at Lakeshore RV Park, which has been successfully running for over 20 years. The RV park is a reoccurring destination for couples, families, and friends for year after year, drawn by the beautiful surroundings and clean, modern amenities. Back in RV sites run along the lake, and there are also spacious pull-thru sites, all of which have full hookups, which include water, electricity, and sewer. Park fees include the use of the restrooms, showers, heated swimming pool, hot tub, volleyball court, and playground, plus there is an on-site convenience store.

Exploring the Area

Don't miss out on a chance to attend the Big Stone County Fair when you rent a camper near Big Stone Lake State Park in July. Located in the town of Clinton, this family-friendly event is fun for all, drawing visitors from all over the state to join in with the festivities. There is both a Grandstand and Free stage, and entertainment options to suit a range of budgets. There is a beer garden where you can sample some of the finest brews, plenty of tasty food cooked on-site, competitions, inflatables, animals to pet, car racing, bingo, and even a tractor parade. This is an event you really shouldn't miss.

Art enthusiasts should make a stop off at the Redlin Art Center. The building that the art is housed in is worth a visit in itself. Admission is free, and inside, you’ll find a huge collection of work by famous artist Terry Redlin, known for his incredible oil paintings. On a visit, you'll be immersed in a world of stories from rural America. The center features many areas where you can learn more about the artist and his works, the most impressive being the Gallery, which is home to over 150 oil paintings.

Find out more about the area you are camping in by adding a trip to the Big Stone County Museum to your busy itinerary. The museum has been collecting and preserving information about the local history for many years, as well as preserving buildings, trails, and monuments in the surrounding area. At the museum, there is also a walking trail that takes visitors around the lake, stopping off at a range of historical displays such as fossils, a model of a farmhouse, two log cabins and, various others.

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