Big Stone Lake State Park

       
   

Area and County

    Big Stone County
    Southwest Minnesota
     
 

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Size

1,131 acres statutory, 992 owned

 
 
Maps

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Park Office

Meadowbrook Area
N45 23.220, W96 32.052

 
Parking

Bonanza Area
N45 26.830, W96 42.795

Overlook Area
N45 25.659, W96 41.521

 
Hiking Trails

3 miles

 
Hunting

No hunting

 
Ecological Classification Province  

Prairie Parkland Province

Ecological Classification
Section  

North Central Glaciated Plains

Subsection(s)  

Minnesota River Prairie

Land Type Association(s)

Horton Till Plain

Milan Alluvial Plain

 
Native Plant Communities1

Dry Hill Prairie (Southern)

Mesic Prairie (Southern)

Wet Prairie (Southern)

 
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Links

Minnesota DNR

 
Comments

Bonanza Prairie SNA is within the borders of this park in the Bonanza Area.

The Meadowbrook Area contains the park office, boat landing, and camping area but is otherwise undeveloped.

 
Visits

9/4/2009

  7/27/2012        

 

 

 

 

       
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  Scenic Walk along Big Stone State Park's Bonanza-Lake Traverse Shoreline
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Taking a long scenic walk along the shoreline of Lake Traverse (headwaters of Minnesota River) at Big Stone State Park's "Bonanza Grove" on September 27th of 2008. Earlier I was listening to the Twins vs. White Sox (regular season) game, which we lost (losing the chance to "clinch" the central division title)! http://bigstone.goodnewsminnesota.info/

   
       

 

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Insects and Arachnids

painted lady (Vanessa cardui)

painted lady
 
Mammals

whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

whitetail deer
               
               
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Bonanza Prairie SNA lies within the borders of this state park. The observations below do not include any sightings made in the SNA. See that page for more observations.

 
Amphibians

American toad (Anaxyrus americanus)

northern leopard frog (Rana pipiens)

northern leopard frog

 
Birds

Nine bird species with conservation status in Minnesota and one tracked species have been seen here:

 

Endangered

Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus)

 

Threatened

Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)

 

Special concern

American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)

Forster’s Tern (Sterna forsteri)

Franklin’s Gull (Leucophaeus pipixcan)

Lark Sparrow (Chondestes grammacus)

Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)

Purple Martin (Progne subis)

Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)

 

Tracked

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)

 
 

Minnesota DNR Bird checklist

eBird Field Checklist (Bonanza Prairie)

eBird Field Checklist (Meadowbrook Area)

 
 

American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)

Eastern Wood-peewee (Contopus virens)

Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla)

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)

Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)

Ring-necked Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius)

Black-capped Chickadee

Mourning Dove

 

 
Fishes

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Fishes and Lampreys List

 
Fungi and Lichens

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Fungus List

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Lichen List

 
 

Black Knot (Apiosporina morbosa)

Black Knot

 
Insects and Arachnids

cabbage white (Pieris rapae)

Carolina grasshopper (Dissosteira carolina)

convergent lady beetle (Hippodamia convergens)

dog day cicada (Neotibicen canicularis)

monarch (Danaus plexippus)

northern pearly eye (Lethe anthedon)

orange sulphur (Colias eurytheme)

cabbage white

monarch

 
Mammals

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Mammals List

 
 

American red squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus)

plains pocket gopher (Geomys bursarius)

whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

whitetail deer

 
Plants

Four plant species with conservation status in Minnesota are found here:

 

Special concern

flexile milkvetch (Astragalus flexuosus var. flexuosus)

Missouri milkvetch (Astragalus missouriensis var. missouriensis)

prairie moonwort (Botrychium campestre)

western white prairie clover (Dalea candida var. oligophylla)

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Plant List

 
 

Plants frequently found in:

Dry Hill Prairie (Southern) UPs13d

Mesic Prairie (Southern) UPs23a

Wet Prairie (Southern) WPs54b

 
 

 

absinth wormwood (Artemisia absinthium)

American basswood (Tilia americana var. americana)

asparagus (Asparagus officinalis)

big bluestem (Andropogon gerardii)

bird’s-foot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus var. corniculatus)

black medick (Medicago lupulina)

black raspberry (Rubus occidentalis)

black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta var. pulcherrima)

black-seeded plantain (Plantago rugelii var. rugelii)

boxelder (Acer negundo var. negundo)

bracted vervain (Verbena bracteata)

bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa)

Canada moonseed (Menispermum canadense)

Canadian clearweed (Pilea pumila)

Canadian honewort (Cryptotaenia canadensis)

Canadian horseweed (Conyza canadensis)

catnip (Nepeta cataria)

chokecherry (Prunus virginiana var. virginiana)

cleavers (Galium aparine)

common buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)

common burdock (Arctium minus)

common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale)

common evening primrose (Oenothera biennis)

common lamb’s-quarters (Chenopodium album)

common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia)

common sunflower (Helianthus annuus)

common yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

curly dock (Rumex crispus)

desert false indigo (Amorpha fruticosa)

eastern redcedar (Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana)

field pussytoes (Antennaria neglecta)

field sow thistle (Sonchus arvensis)

gray-headed coneflower (Ratibida pinnata)

green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)

green foxtail (Setaria viridis var. viridis)

ground ivy (Glechoma hederacea)

hedge bindweed (Calystegia sepium)

Indian hemp (Apocynum cannabinum)

Indiangrass (Sorghastrum nutans)

kidney-leaved buttercup (Ranunculus abortivus)

leadplant (Amorpha canescens)

long-headed coneflower (Ratibida columnifera)

Missouri gooseberry (Ribes missouriense)

northern bedstraw (Galium boreale)

northern hackberry (Celtis occidentalis)

northern prickly ash (Zanthoxylum americanum)

plains cottonwood (Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera)

plumeless thistle (Carduus acanthoides)

prairie peppergrass (Lepidium densiflorum var. densiflorum)

red mulberry (Morus rubra)

reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea)

rock elm (Ulmus thomasii)

Russian olive (Elaeagnus angustifolia)

smooth sumac (Rhus glabra)

starry false Solomon’s seal (Maianthemum stellatum)

stinging nettle (Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis)

tall meadow rue (Thalictrum dasycarpum)

tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus)

Virginia stickseed (Hackelia virginiana)

western marbleseed (Lithospermum occidentale)

western poison ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii)

western ragweed (Ambrosia psilostachya)

white clover (Trifolium repens)

white mulberry (Morus alba)

white sweet clover (Melilotus albus)

white vervain (Verbena urticifolia)

wild grape (Vitis riparia)

wild mint (Mentha arvensis)

wolfberry (Symphoricarpos occidentalis)

woodbine (Parthenocissus vitacea)

yellow goat’s beard (Tragopogon dubius)

yellow sweet clover (Melilotus officinalis)

yellow wood sorrel (Oxalis stricta)

 

Acer negundo var. negundo (boxelder)

Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)

Ambrosia artemisiifolia (common ragweed)

Ambrosia psilostachya (western ragweed)

Amorpha canescens (leadplant)

Amorpha fruticosa (desert false indigo)

Andropogon gerardii (big bluestem)

Antennaria neglecta (field pussytoes)

Apocynum cannabinum (Indian hemp)

Arctium minus (common burdock)

Artemisia absinthium (absinth wormwood)

Artemisia dracunculus (tarragon)

Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

Asparagus officinalis (asparagus)

Calystegia sepium (hedge bindweed)

Carduus acanthoides (plumeless thistle)

Celtis occidentalis (northern hackberry)

Chenopodium album (common lamb’s-quarters)

Conyza canadensis (Canadian horseweed)

Cryptotaenia canadensis (Canadian honewort)

Elaeagnus angustifolia (Russian olive)

Fraxinus pennsylvanica (green ash)

Galium aparine (cleavers)

Galium boreale (northern bedstraw)

Glechoma hederacea (ground ivy)

Hackelia virginiana (Virginia stickseed)

Helianthus annuus (common sunflower)

Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana (eastern redcedar)

Lepidium densiflorum var. densiflorum (prairie peppergrass)

Lithospermum occidentale (western marbleseed)

Lotus corniculatus var. corniculatus (bird’s-foot trefoil)

Maianthemum stellatum (starry false Solomon’s seal)

Medicago lupulina (black medick)

Melilotus albus (white sweet clover)

Melilotus officinalis (yellow sweet clover)

Menispermum canadense (Canada moonseed)

Mentha arvensis (wild mint)

Morus alba (white mulberry)

Morus rubra (red mulberry)

Nepeta cataria (catnip)

Oenothera biennis (common evening primrose)

Oxalis stricta (yellow wood sorrel)

Parthenocissus vitacea (woodbine)

Phalaris arundinacea (reed canary grass)

Pilea pumila (Canadian clearweed)

Plantago rugelii var. rugelii (black-seeded plantain)

Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera (plains cottonwood)

Prunus virginiana var. virginiana (chokecherry)

Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa (bur oak)

Ranunculus abortivus (kidney-leaved buttercup)

Ratibida columnifera (long-headed coneflower)

Ratibida pinnata (gray-headed coneflower)

Rhamnus cathartica (common buckthorn)

Rhus glabra (smooth sumac)

Ribes missouriense (Missouri gooseberry)

Rubus occidentalis (black raspberry)

Rudbeckia hirta var. pulcherrima (black-eyed Susan)

Rumex crispus (curly dock)

Setaria viridis var. viridis (green foxtail)

Sonchus arvensis (field sow thistle)

Sorghastrum nutans (Indiangrass)

Symphoricarpos occidentalis (wolfberry)

Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale (common dandelion)

Thalictrum dasycarpum (tall meadow rue)

Tilia americana (American basswood)

Toxicodendron rydbergii (western poison ivy)

Tragopogon dubius (yellow goat’s beard)

Trifolium repens (white clover)

Ulmus thomasii (rock elm)

Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis (stinging nettle)

Verbena bracteata (bracted vervain)

Verbena urticifolia (white vervain)

Vitis riparia (wild grape)

Zanthoxylum americanum (northern prickly ash)

absinth wormwood

black-eyed Susan

black raspberry

bur oak (var. macrocarpa)

catnip

chokecherry

common evening primrose

desert false indigo

gray-headed coneflower

leadplant

long-headed coneflower

northern bedstraw

plumeless thistle

Russian olive

tall meadow rue

white clover

wild mint

yellow goat’s beard

yellow sweet clover

 

 

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