Big Stone Island Nature Area

Fees

Annual: Park Entrance License not required.
State Park Maps / Information
Amenities
  • Beach
Activities
  • Birdwatching
  • Boating
  • Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Historical interest

Address

Big Stone Island Nature Area
605.432.6374
Email: Hartford@state.sd.us
Home » Big Stone Island Nature Area

An 1823 expedition led by Major Stephan Long and geologist William Keating explored the Big Stone Lake region. Shortly after entering present-day South Dakota, they met an American Indian village on a rocky island (Big Island). This island is now the 100-acre nature area that is a natural refuge for a variety of wildlife, including songbirds, waterfowl and shore birds.

During the 1800s and early-1900s, resort hotels dotted the shore and excursion boats frequented the island’s brothel. In an attempt to close the facility, irate women reportedly burned and sank a boat. In the 1940s, military aircraft practiced landing and take-off from a short runway on the island in preparation for war in the Pacific. Today, the area is accessible only by boat.

Park Specs

Open: Open year-round. Accessible only by boat/canoe. No maintained trails or facilities.

Directions:

4 miles north of Big Stone City on SD Highway 109 to rearing Ponds Access Area

South Dakota State Parks

Lake Thompson Recreation Area

Lake Thompson Recreation Area

North Wheeler Recreation Area

North Wheeler Recreation Area

Custer State Park

Custer State Park

Platte Creek Recreation Area

Platte Creek Recreation Area

George S. Mickelson Trail

George S. Mickelson Trail

Lake Cochrane Recreation Area

Lake Cochrane Recreation Area

Sica Hollow State Park

Sica Hollow State Park

North Point Recreation Area

North Point Recreation Area

West Pollock Recreation Area

West Pollock Recreation Area

Fort Sisseton Historic State Park

Fort Sisseton Historic State Park

Llewellyn Johns Recreation Area

Llewellyn Johns Recreation Area

Spirit Mound Historic Prairie

Spirit Mound Historic Prairie

Roy Lake State Park

Roy Lake State Park

Shadehill Recreation Area

Shadehill Recreation Area

Lake Alvin Recreation Area

Lake Alvin Recreation Area

Palisades State Park

Palisades State Park

Snake Creek Recreation Area

Snake Creek Recreation Area

Hartford Beach State Park

Hartford Beach State Park