Big Stone Lake State Park Campground

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Ortonville, Minnesota

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alyssa_ob alyssa_ob
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Campground, playground and swimming beach all nearby May 30, 2010
Big Stone Lake State Park is divided into 2 sections, with the campground located in the southern section (9 miles south of the northern section). The campground is down on the lake and actually flooded this spring. One of the campsites was still unusable due to the wetness of the site. Of the 37 sites, 10 are electric and 13 are on the lake. There is also one group site.

Even though this was a holiday weekend, this park is just far enough from the Twin Cities that it wasn't as busy and I had about 4 sites to choose from. My site was next to the shower house, convenient but noisier. This campground is a little more open and you can get small RVs and camper trailers inside (up to 48 ft total length). Some sites have electricity and some don't (there is a price difference, too).

The shower house had flush toilets, running water and 2 showers. Even though the campground was less full, the showers here were busier than at the last campground.

The swimming beach is located across a grass field, with playground, from the campground. I walked over to the beach to read in the sand. Some kids were playing in the water. Lots of kids were playing on the playground equipment. This campground has more "entertainment" options in the immediate vicinity of the campground than Glendalough did.

The ranger was very friendly, and as I was a woman camping alone, she kept an eye out for me when she drove through the campground. Also, there were a bunch of tent catepillars dropping from the trees onto my tent, table, me...ewwww. But those are only in spring.
not the beach, but it is the lake
my campsite
deer on road to park
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Glynnes says:
Thanks for sharing your review.
Posted on: Jul 08, 2010
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