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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.

Tell me more about this park's wildlife, history, geology and landscape.

Visitor Alert!

Winter Services

3 electric campsites will be available for camping any day of the week throughout the winter season. The Camper Cabin will be available for rent Thursday through Sunday from now until March 31, after which it will be available daily. Please contact the park office for availability. We will not be grooming ski trails at Myre-Big Island State Park, but you may ski or snowshoe anywhere in the park except on trails groomed for snowmobiling.Snowshoes are available to rent at the park office during office hours. There is a plowed 1 1/2 mile hiking trail available across from the park office.

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

(Updated Dec. 4, 2015)

Park Notes

Be fascinated. Check out the naturalist programs and other activities scheduled at the park.

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.

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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 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 9:00AM - 2:30PM

Monday thru Friday Varies (call and leave a message)

If no one is available, please leave a message.


19499 780th Avenue
Albert Lea, MN 56007

tel: 507-379-3403

fax: 507-379-3405

email: myrebigisland.statepark@state.mn.us

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.