Big/Stone Lake Trail


Big/Stone Lake Trail is a 2 1/2 trail that connects the two lakes. The area also offers camping, canoeing and fishing. Stone Lake is popular for wild rice, waterfowl hunting and trapping. Big Lake is often used for ice fishing in the winter. 

Downloadable information and map

At a Glance

Closest Towns: Hoyt Lakes, MN
Water: Boil or filter water.
Restroom: None available at trailhead.
Operated By: USDA Forest Service
Information Center: Laurentian Ranger District, 218-229-8800

General Information


Stone Lake and Big Lake are located 12 miles east of Hoyt Lakes, MN.

  • Drive east of Hoyt Lakes on County Road 110/ Forest Highway 11 for 4 ½ miles.

  • Turn left onto Skibo Road /UT 9232/County Road 569 (becomes Forest Road 120) for 8 miles.

  • Turn right to Stone Lake/Big Lake Trail parking area.

General Notes:

Forest Road 120 may not be plowed in the winter. Snowmobiling is allowed on the forest road if it is not plowed.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information



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Day Hiking


There is 1 back country campsite on Stone Lake and 4 campsites on Big Lake.

Please use facilities provided such as fire rings, tent pads, and latrines and pack out garbage.

Fees: None required.
Reservation info: First-come, first-served.