Myre Big Island State Park

Albert Lea, Minnesota

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A loop that follows a point out into Albert lea Lake through a prairie and up into an esker in the northern section. Most islands are an anomaly and Myre Big Island is no exception. On this island in the middle of Albert Lea Lake there is a hardwood forest, far south of its range, in the middle of the prairie. The lake acts as a moat, protecting the woods from the once common prairie wildfires that swept through the region. You will also find marshes that bring all sorts of waterfowl, and rolling lakeside prairies. With the lake and marshes and various habitats, the park is also one of the best birding spots in the region. Hawks might be spotted circling overhead, bluebirds darting back and forth on the prairie, and pelicans searching for fish in the water. Special attractions: Birding, eskers, and the Owen Johnson Interpretive Center.
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Hiking Minnesota (Pukite)

by John Pukite (Falcon Guides)

A loop that follows a point out into Albert lea Lake through a prairie and up into an esker in the northern section. Most islands are an anomaly and Myre Big Island is no exception. On this island in the middle of Albert Lea Lake there is a hardwood forest, far south of its range, in the middle of the prairie.

The lake acts as a moat, protecting the woods from the once common prairie wildfires that swept through the region. You will also find marshes that bring all sorts of waterfowl, and rolling lakeside prairies. With the lake and marshes and various habitats, the park is also one of the best birding spots in the region. Hawks might be spotted circling overhead, bluebirds darting back and forth on the prairie, and pelicans searching for fish in the water.

Special attractions: Birding, eskers, and the Owen Johnson Interpretive Center.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Albert Lea
Distance: 2.5
Elevation Gain: 70 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Local Contacts: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, 800-652-9747
Local Maps: State park trail map; USGS quads: Albert Lea East and Glenville.
Driving Directions: Directions to Myre Big Island State Park

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