Myre Big Island State Park

Albert Lea, Minnesota 56007

Myre Big Island State Park

Myre Big Island State Park Professional Review and Guide

"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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Trail Information

Albert Lea
Nearby City
70 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, 800-652-9747
Local Contacts
State park trail map; USGS quads: Albert Lea East and Glenville.
Local Maps

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Jul 2018