Welcome to the Big Stone Lake Area Chamber of Commerce website! The Big Stone Lake area is a haven for sportsmen, hunters, birders, outdoor enthusiasts and tourists. Our area parks and other local attractions offer plenty of things to do: from swimming, golfing, boating, biking and birding to fishing, cross-country skiing and wildlife exploration!
Twenty-six-mile long Big Stone Lake provides an array of family activities and year-round entertainment. Big Stone Lake is the headwaters of the Minnesota River, which runs south to the Mississippi River. The northern end of Big Stone Lake is at the Continental Divide, bordering Lake Traverse. Water from Lake Traverse flows north to the Red River. The headwaters provide a rich history of this beautiful area formed by glaciers 20,000 years ago. Come and share the enthusiasm for our little corner of heaven!
Take a stroll along the paved bike and walking path, or a drive through the Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge. Tour the Big Stone County Historical Museum, along with many beautiful parks, many historical monuments.
We have two hotels in Ortonville, as well as many cabin-style lodging options located along the lake (and some great fish house lodging options)! There is a variety of restaurants to choose from; great gas/convenience stores, unique shops – everything you’ll need to enjoy your weekend (or longer) fishing trip to Big Stone Lake!
The Big Stone Lake area has the highest quality health care available and great school systems. Our communities are rich in culture, history, and the arts play an important role. We have activities and festivals throughout the seasons, for young and old alike.
Ortonville was once described as located on the east hillside of the southern end of Big Stone Lake, above the mouth of the Minnesota River. Now, when visitors ask, we tell them, on the western border of Minnesota along the shores of Big Stone Lake, located at the “Bottom of the Bump”. Our office is located at the intersections of US Hwy 12 and US Hwy 75. In the same building as the Big Stone County Museum. We are an area-wide Chamber that represents both Minnesota and South Dakota businesses.