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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Urgent update 9-22-2016
Due to the amount of rain Myre-Big Island has received, we need to close the modern restroom facilities and go to rustic camping (no showers or flush toilets) immediately. This includes closing the trailer dump station to waste disposal. The dump station will still have water available to fill up holding tanks. There are dump stations available within 1.5 miles of the park at The Petro Trails Center (no charge) and Loves ($5 Fee). This change will be in effect throughout the remainder of the 2016 camping season.
Trail Conditions 9-23-2016
The trails are soft and muddy in spots and there are some areas with water over the trail including the Hiking Club Trail. Mountain Bike Trails are closed.
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:
Thursday 1PM to 7PM
Friday & Saturday 10AM to 8PM
Sunday Noon to 6PM
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.