Snapshot virtual tour
Welcome to the Myre-Big Island State Park virtual tour! In this journey you'll meander along the Blazing Star State Trail through native prairies and glimpse Albert Lea Lake. Cozy cabins offer a rest after a day on the water paddling or fishing. We hope it prompts you to visit the park in person sometime soon.
Blazing Star State Trail West
Stretch your legs on a walk or bike ride along the paved Blazing Star State Trail as it winds through prairie landscapes within the park. This trail is a wonderful place to take in blooming wildflowers and migrating birds.
Blazing Star State Trail East
Catch glimpses of Albert Lea Lake from the Blazing Star State Trail just a half mile east of the Park Office.
Blazing Star State Trail Bridge
Hike or bike over a scenic railroad bridge along this section of the Blazing Star State Trail. Located in the northeast portion of the park, this segment also offers glimpses of Albert Lea Lake.
Experience panoramic views of gorgeous native prairie along the Blazing Star State Trail.
Big Island Campground
Camp under the lush trees of the Big Island campsite, equipped with a tent pad, fire ring and picnic table. A nearby building offers flush toilets and showers for your comfort.
Big Island Cabin
This cozy log cabin on Big Island is accessible and can accommodate 5 people. The cabin has electricity and is conveniently located near the restrooms in the Big Island Campground. The camper cabin is available through the reservation system April through October, and on a first come, first served basis November through March.
Enjoy spending an evening in this cozy camper cabin, complete with available electric.
Big Island Lake View
View Albert Lea Lake from a small picnic area near the Big Island Campground and west of the visitor parking area.
Big Island Causeway
Take a break and enjoy a view of Albert Lea Lake from a picnic table on the north end of Big Island.
Big Island Picnic Area
Pack a picnic lunch and stay the day in this lovely shaded area on Big Island. Enjoy the use of picnic tables or a nearby accessible picnic shelter.
Big Island Hiking Trail
Take a hike through the lush trees of Big Island along this loop trail. Northern hardwood forest covers the 120 acre island, which offers one of the best spots for birdwatching in southern Minnesota.
This paved, accessible trail is a half mile in length and has access points in the Big Island Campground.
Little Island Dock
Spend a day on the water paddling or fishing on Albert Lea Lake. A parking area, boat ramp, and wooden pier are available for park visitors. Canoes and kayaks can be rented by contacting the park office.
Little Island Causeway
Experience a unique view of the lake from a causeway between Big and Little Islands.
Little Island Group Camp
Enjoy a rustic group camp area that holds up to 50 people. This site offers picnic tables, fire rings, a vault toilet and plenty of space for tents. The carry-in distance to this site is approximately 350 feet from the parking area.
Little Island Lake View
View Albert Lea Lake from the north end of Little Island, just near the rustic Little Island Group Camp.
White Fox Campground
White Fox Campground provides open sites with lots of leg room. A nearby building offers showers and flush toilets for campers.
Built in 2005, a state-of-the-art accessible facility offers modern restrooms for campers in the White Fox Campground.
Enjoy the comforts of flush toilets and running water at restrooms located in the White Fox Campground. This building is open seasonally.
Group Center Camp
This group center is available to rent seasonally by contacting the park office. During your stay, enjoy the use of a mess hall/kitchen, a shower building with flush toilets, and a camping area near lovely Albert Lea Lake. There is no lodging available within the group center buildings, but electric outlets are available for camper units at the attached camp area.
Enjoy the quieter side of the park when you stay in one of the backpack sites along Albert Lea Lake. Each site is located one to two miles from the parking area and can be accessed either from the water by canoe or from the trails by hiking or mountain biking (call ahead for trail updates).