Big Stone County

Big Stone Lake runs up the western border of Big Stone County and separates the county from the state of South Dakota. The county includes the communities of Graceville, Clinton, Beardsley, Ortonville, Odessa, and Correll, just to name a few. Each community has its own flair!

Run and Play in Big Stone County!

There's lots of hunting, fishing, camping, and biking to do! Get outdoors in Big Stone County!

There's lots of fun activities all over Big Stone County. First of all, there is a wide range of hunting opportunities! Big Stone County even provides a GIS link to help you find landowner information and maps of public hunting locations! Plus, there's always great fishing and boating on Big Stone Lake. Artie's Bait and Tackle shares lots of great fishing information on their Facebook page, plus has everything you need for a successful fishing excursion! Big Stone lake hosts over 45 different species of fish, and fishing goes on all year round, whether from a dock or boat, or in an ice house!


Ortonville celebrates Big Stone lake every summer with Lake Days. This is a new event at the beginning of the summer that highlights all the fun things to do in and near Big Stone Lake. There are events for all ages ranging from a Tiki Bar, to a campfire and sing-a-long, to late night music and dancing. Not to mention awesome lake events like a lighted boat parade, canoe races, and even a band that performed in the middle of the lake!

Big Stone Lake Days has a volleyball tournament, a farmer's market, DNR-hosted canoe races, and so much more!
Going to the lake isn't the only way to have fun in Ortonville - there are also great biking and walking trails as well as beautiful parks!

Another fantastic annual event in Ortonville is Cornfest which takes place in Lakeside Park at the end of summer. This event has been going on for over 75 years, and is a must for anyone who wants to experience a taste of Ortonville tradition. There is so much to do during Cornfest: music, water fights, concession stands, arts and crafts booths, shopping, dancing, bingo and so much more!

Ortonville's 78th Annual Cornfest!

Events take place all over the county though! Graceville has a famous St. Patrick's Day parade and dinner, in July there's Beardsley Day, Clinton Days at the beginning of June, and, of course, the Big Stone County Fair in Clinton as well! All year there are events in communities across Big Stone County -- too many to list here! So make sure to look at the event calendar on the Prairie Waters website to find the next event!

Live and Work in big stone county!

Ortonville, and other cities in Big Stone County (like Clinton, Beardsley, Graceville, Odessa, and so many more) are wonderful to places to live. Come put down roots!

Housing and Schools

Planning to move to Big Stone County? Great! There is plenty of property for sale all over. Here is an easy link to follow to find information on realtors, properties, and other housing info. Big Stone has a little bit of everything - even lake shore homes!

If you're hoping to raise a family, there are some great schools in Big Stone County. There's the Ortonville district as well as the Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley district.

The 6th grade art open


Big Stone County hosts quite a few health care centers. the Ortonville Area Health Services also recently won the Women's Choice - America's 100 Best Hospitals for Patient Experience, and is know for obstetrics! There are also quite a few assisted living facilities in the area, which give exceptional care!


Big Stone County is bustling with business and activity. The Big Stone Chambers put on so many great events, and do great work that supports not only the businesses but the community too! With so many opportunities, there's something for everyone!

The Jobs! Big Stone Lake Area facebook page is a great place to find newly posted job opportunities. There's more information here too!

Shopping and Dining

Grab a bite to eat!

Whether you are looking for a cup of coffee and a sweet, or something a bit larger, there's something for everyone! There are so many bakeries and coffee shops like The Inadvertent Cafe in Clinton, (Ligonberry's Pastry and Coffee Shop is pictured behind this text), and wonderful bars and restaurants like the "One More" Bar and Grill, the Lakewood Supper Club, and several more!

"One More" Bar and Grill, Beardsley, MN

Go shopping!

There are superb shopping opportunities across Big Stone County. There's everything from boutiques and consignment shops, to florists, to outdoor equipment and recreation vehicles!

Ortonville Flower Shop and Gifts

For a full list of businesses in Big Stone County, click the button below!

Learn even more!

There's so much more to learn about and explore in Big Stone County -- so check it out! Below are some helpful links, plus you can visit the Western Minnesota Prairie Waters website!

Report Abuse

If you feel that this video content violates the Adobe Terms of Use, you may report this content by filling out this quick form.

To report a Copyright Violation, please follow Section 17 in the Terms of Use.