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.


Use Firewood Scout to see where you can purchase approved firewood. Enter zip code 56007 to search for Myre-Big Island approved firewood vendors within Firewood Scout.

Emerald ash borer (EAB) and many other forest pests and diseases can be accidentally transported in firewood. In order to help prevent the introduction and spread of invasive pests, state statute was amended by a commissioner's order in December 2017 banning all firewood in DNR lands unless approved by the DNR (Minnesota Statute, section 89.551, Sec. 2). If you bring unapproved firewood with you to a state-administered campground, you will have to surrender the wood or be denied entry. If you are caught burning unapproved firewood on DNR lands, you may be fined.

What is Approved Firewood?

  • Firewood sold by the DNR at state parks.
  • Firewood purchased from a vendor that is either:
    • Non-ash firewood harvested from and purchased in the same county where it will be used (be sure to keep your receipt to show proof of purchase)
    • Firewood harvested in Minnesota that has been certified by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture or the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (be sure to keep your receipt to show proof of purchase).
  • Kiln-dried, unpainted, unstained dimensional lumber that is free of any metal or foreign substances, or manufactured logs. Pallet wood is not approved firewood. Dimensional lumber does not require proof of purchase.

(Updated Feb. 8, 2018)

Park Notes

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Only use approved firewood!

Help prevent the spread of tree-killing insects by burning only approved firewood, available at all Minnesota State Parks.


Bird ChecklistThis is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it. at Myre-Big Island State Park.

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 & Sunday 10AM-2PM

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.