Myre Big Island State Park
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State Park is located in the Prairies
region of southern Minnesota near Albert Lea.
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to Get to Myre-Big Island State Park: Drive 3 miles south of Albert Lea on County Road 38.
- A unique
aspect of this park is that about one-third of the campsites are located on 116
acre Big Island. The island is forested with hardwoods that include maple and
- A glacial esker, a
long narrow winding ridge of sand and gravel deposited by a stream flowing
under a glacier, is located in the northeast section of the park
Island’s Natural Attractions:The park is situated on Albert Lea Lake and is a delightful mix
of prairie, grassland, oak savanna, and wetlands. Hundreds of species of
migratory fowl make a temporary home here. Wildflowers are abundant in spring
to Do in Myre-Big Island State Park: A picnic area is located
on Big Island. A wheelchair accessible
open picnic shelter has picnic tables and a fireplace. The shelter can be
reserved by calling the park.
There are 16 miles of hiking trails throughout the
park; 8.25 miles are self-guided interpretive trails. A guidebook is available.
In addition, there are 6 miles of paved bike trails that connect to the Blazing
Star State Trail and leads into Albert Lea, and 7 miles of mountain bike
In winter, 5 miles of trails are groomed for classical
cross-country skiing; 7 miles of trails are groomed for snowmobiling.
Snowshoeing is permitted throughout the park except on groomed trails.
Camping in Myre-Big
Park: There are 93 drive-in campsites for tents and RVs; 32 sites have
electrical hookups. There are also 4 backpacker sites located from one to two
miles from the parking lot. These sites can also be reached by canoe or
mountain bike. In addition, 1 group site is available that will accommodate up
to 45 campers and 1 camper cabin on Big Island will accommodate up to 5 people.
Call the park for details and reservations. Showers, flush and vault toilets,
and a dump station are available.
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More Attractions in This Region:
Visit Albert Lea
and tour the Historical Museum and Village, the Albert Lea Art Center and the Story Lady Doll & Toy Museum.
Other State Parks in This Region of Minnesota: Lake Louise State Park > Forestville/Mystery
Cave State Park > Beaver Creek Valley State Park.
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Albert Lea, MN 56007
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