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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The trailer dump station is now open with potable water available. Modern restrooms/showers are open and available for registered campers.
A pair of Bald Eagles were nesting in a tree on the edge of Big Island with three eaglets. The adults and 2 of the eaglets have left the area. There is one juvenile eagle remaining. Please observe from a distance and do not disturb.
There is a pair of nesting swans with 6 cygnets on the Great Marsh
(Updated August 17, 2017)
Timber Harvest Management Plan Amendment:
Review the draft management plan amendment here.
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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.
Bird Checklist at Myre-Big Island State Park.
Best time to contact the park:
Monday and Thursday 1PM-7PM
Friday and Saturday 10AM-8PM
Tues and Wednesday - No set office hours but the phone will be checked periodically through 3PM.
If no one is available, please leave a message.
19499 780th Avenue
Albert Lea, MN 56007
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.