Big Stone City, SD

Quick City Facts

County: Grant
Population (2019): 456
Population (2010): 467

Data provided by US Census Bureau (2019)

Our municipality is home to 605 people in northeastern South Dakota.  We are home to beautiful Big Stone Lake, a body of water known for its excellent fishing.  We are also pleased to offer our citizens a prosperous industrial and manufacturing center, a reputable healthcare system, a quality school, and plenty of outdoor recreational activities.

History

The headwaters of the Minnesota River provide a rich history of this beautiful area formed by glaciers 20,000 years ago. Granite outcroppings emerged from the Glacier Age, and now Big Stone City is one of the three leading granite mining areas in the United States. The first known granite quarry, the Baxter Quarry, was in operation as early as 1886. The quarries produce a beautiful red granite, known worldwide as Mahogany granite.

Recreation/Community Events

The Big Stone Lake Area is a haven for sportsmen, hunters, birders, outdoor enthusiasts and tourists. Ortonville and Big Stone City are proud to host many different Festivals and Events including world class Fishing Tournaments, Horse Trail Rides, Historic Boat Tours and our annual Corn Fest. ?The area’s Parks and other local Attractions offer plenty of things to do – from swimming, golfing, boating and birding to Fishing, cross-country skiing to wildlife exploration.

The Big Stone County Museum is the home of many historical treasures of the past.  A granite anchor, a symbol of glacial River Warren, which is now Big Stone Lake, and the headwaters of the Minnesota River. The Muskegon – Golden Bantam boat, which once traveled the waters of Big Stone Lake, is also on display at the museum.Come see the Charles Hanson North American Wildlife Collection, now displayed inside the former Artichoke Lake General Store which has been relocated to the museum grounds. Developed by local farmer/ explorer Charles Hanson, this collection contains over 500 waterfowl from across the Americas and the world. You’ll see native waterfowl as well as upland birds and other exotic specimens from places as far away as the Arctic Sea. Museum hours are?Monday –  Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.?and Sunday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Come relax at Silent Falls Resort where silent is just what this resort is all about. Talk about quiet – it’s located on 10 wooded acres with 500 feet of shoreline on beautiful Big Stone Lake. You don’t need to listen to neighbors making a ruckus, so just sit back and listen to the birds if you like.

Contact Information

  • Big Stone City Chamber
  • chamber@bigstonelake.com
  • Phone: 320-839-3284 or 1-800-568-5722
  • www.bigstonelake.com

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