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Big Stone Island Nature Area


Big Stone Lake,
MilbankSD 57252
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, also known as Kite Island, is now the 100-acre nature area. It is a natural refuge for a variety of birds and wildlife, and is accessible only by boat, canoe or kayak.