Myre-Big Island State Park, Albert Lea

4.2
#50 of 141 in Nature in Minnesota
Must see · State Park · Nature / Park
Myre-Big Island State Park is a state park of Minnesota, USA, just outside the city of Albert Lea. It has an area of 1,578 acres (6.39 km2). The park protects 8 miles (13 km) of shoreline on Albert Lea Lake. The nucleus of the park is Big Island, a 117-acre (0.47 km2) island attached to the mainland by a causeway. In turn a causeway connects Big Island to Little Island. The park was formerly named Helmer Myre State Park after former Minnesota State Senator Helmer Myre.
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  • We've lived in nearby Albert Lea for years and this was our first time as a family that we enjoyed a walk. The trails we were on were clearly marked and well travelled. Some sections were quite...  more »
  • Great bike and walking trails with a beautiful view of the lake. We have a 32 foot 5th wheel and it fit perfectly with plenty of room to back in with ease.  more »
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  • We really enjoyed our stay in the one camper cabin at this site, there were flush toilets very close by with running water sinks and showers too. The camp sites were closer to each other than other parks in MN so that was the only draw back for us since we like to feel more secluded. The were beautiful trails to walk and the land is all around since it is an island. Beautiful wildflowers and wildlife to watch.
  • Very pretty surroundings, but lots of mosquitoes. Like, a ridiculous amount of mosquitoes. We couldn't leave the windows of our RV open because they came in through the screens. There is no electricity, so we were sweating all night with no AC and closed windows. We're not from Minnesota so maybe this is normal. Oh well. The nice ranger at the office sold us bundles of hard wood for 5 dollars each. The lake is scenic but not really a place for swimming; there isn't a beach either. I'm not sure if it was allowed, but we let our dogs swim in the lake and they had a great time. There are a few trails for hiking and biking.

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