Myre-Big Island State Park

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Myre - Big Island State Park

This park has something for everyone. The trails take visitors around wet lowlands, oak savanna, and grasslands. Albert Lea Lake and park marshes draw hundreds of waterfowl during migration. Oak savanna and prairie landscape, including wetlands, dominate most of the park. One of the more unique aspects of the park is the 116-acre Big Island, covered with maple/basswood forest. Another is the glacial esker located in the northeast section of the park.

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Visitor Alert

Modern restrooms/showers are closed for the season.

Big Island Campground will remain open with both electric and non-electric sites available. Vault toilets are located within the campground and water is available near site 15. The water supply is located within site 15 and is 60 feet off the entrance road to the campground. Site 15 may be occupied so be prepared with at least 75 feet of hose to reach the hydrant from the entrance road. This is potable water but it will have a yellow/orange tint due to the iron content

Cabin Note:

The cabin is available to rent Thursday thru Sunday. Contact park office if interested. The only heat is a small space heater so plan accordingly.

Park Activities:

Visit ParkFinder or Winter Activities Guide for an overview of winter recreation opportunities available statewide.

(Updated Dec. 8, 2017)

Park Notes

Virtual Tour:

Take a virtual tour. It's a great tool to help you plan your next trip to the park! Panoramic tour | Snapshot tour

Timber Harvest Management Plan Amendment:

Review the draft management plan amendment here.

Gift Cards:

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Don't move firewood!

Burning non-local firewood can spread invasive species, and it's against Minnesota state law. Learn more. Always buy your firewood at the park, or from an approved local vendor. Find firewood vendors for Myre - Big Island State Park.


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Park Highlights

tree Spring and Fall Migrations

tree Glacial Esker

tree Great Marsh/Birdwatching

tree Hiking

tree Canoeing

tree Camping


Best time to contact the park:

Saturday and Sunday 10AM-2PM (Office will be CLOSED the weekends of Dec 9-10 and Dec 23-24)

Monday thru Friday - No set office hours but the phone will be checked periodically.

If no one is available, please leave a message.


19499 780th Avenue
Albert Lea, MN 56007

tel: 507-668-7060

fax: 507-379-3405


Getting There

Located 3 miles southeast of Albert Lea on County Highway 38. Interstates 90 and 35 intersect just north of Albert Lea. Both interstates have signs directing visitors to the park.

From Interstate 35: Take exit 11, turn east on Freeborn County Road 46. Follow County Road 46 for 1/2 mile then turn south on Freeborn County Road 38 and continue on County Road 38 for 1 1/2 miles to park entrance.
From Interstate 90: Take Interstate 35 South and follow above directions.