Myre Big Island State Park 



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Myre-Big Island State Park is located in the Prairies region of southern Minnesota near Albert Lea.  

Myre Big Island State Park

The best family vacation destinations in Minnesota include beautiful family vacation resorts, dozens of state parks and many other top family vacations spots.

How to Get to Myre-Big Island State Park:  Drive 3 miles south of Albert Lea on County Road 38.

Park Highlights:

  • 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 basswood.  
  • 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

Myre-Big 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 and summer.

Things 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 trails.

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 Island State 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.

Contact

19499 780th Avenue
Albert Lea, MN 56007

Phone: 507-379-3403

Fax: 507-379-3405

Email: myrebigisland.statepark@state.mn.us



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