Myre-Big Island State Park
19499 780th Ave, Albert Lea, MN 56007, United States

Review №1

By far, the best state park Ive been at all year that did social distancing right! Very impressed and felt very safe. Campsites were closed that were too close to other sites and group bathrooms were closed. Only individual use bathrooms and primitive toilets were open.The park is beautiful! I loved the diversity in landscape - from wooded paths along the lake to open field prairie. The leaves were starting to turn and all of the hiking paths were beautiful!

Review №2

I loved this park and so did the kids, the site that we were at didnt have a ton of trees but many do. There were LOTS of trails to walk and the boys loved the lake and throwing rocks in it. The facilities were well kept for the most part but ran out of toilet paper and there were signs lecturing people threatening to take away toilet paper if they were kept clean. Most sites appeared to be flat and large enough for two large tents. We saw lots of wildlife and the diversity of landscape from forest to lakes to plains was nice. Unfortunately at this time of year there were lots of stickers or plants that like to leave thorny friends as you walk by... Stay on the trails to avoid these but... We had kids so that was an adventure.

Review №3

First I go to the State Parks to hike. The island was cool but several of the trails where closed for construction. Would have been helpful if this information was on the website or on map board @ the picnic area - it was clearly an on going project. Drove off the island - parking wasnt really clearly marked. But if you stay straight when you enter the park you will find a little parking area that will drop you in at the marsh & connection of other trails. Nice mix of rustic, mowed & paved trails. Beautiful fall colors. Hits all the nature points woods, fields & water. Hiked 10 miles & covered most of the park.

Review №4

A hidden from me gem. Good hiking or biking trails. Campground appeared clean and quiet. We used the more remote backpack campsites electing to kayak in rather than hike.The only negative was road noise from I35 across the lake that was bothersome at night. I am unsure if this is site specific to our site (BP1) or not.Saw plenty of deer, bald eagles, hawks, geese, a large flock of american pelicans, a couple pheasants, and heard great horned owls as well as barred owls.Minus the road noise it was a great unplugged experience that exceeded expectations.

Review №5

Very beautiful and peaceful campsite. There’s some nice trails that you can walk. The park staff are very friendly from what I’ve seen, and very helpful. Be wary of the deer that you may come across, I arrived at night and almost hit a deer, but good thing I was vigilant. The only reason I don’t give it five starts is due to how green the water is, it’s not something I would even consider swimming in. But if you can handle not swimming (even though we’re in a pandemic), I do recommend highly to camp here for a peaceful time.

Review №6

Soo beautiful. Booked one of the backpack campsites and hiked in. Site was wonderful, views were amazing. Will return in the future.

Review №7

Small, family friendly, clean and beautiful. Town is a 5 min drive if needed but you wouldnt know during the day. You can hear the highway at night but only because its so quiet. Id go back.

Review №8

Great campsite. Decently private from neighboring sites, nice fire rings and picnic tables at each site. Nice walking paths around the park. Paid $22 for one night, which felt expensive since there arent showers or anything. Pit toilets and water spigots are open.Saw a wild turkey and some beautiful deer. Not many people around. Most sites are empty

Review №9

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.

Review №10

Looks like a beautiful park. Unfortunately it was pouring rain during my overnight visit so I didnt see much. Was a bit muddy but otherwise a great site.

Review №11

Very nice State Park. Excellent grass hiking and paved biking trails. Lots of birds and wildlife. Good forest and savannah for wildflowers. We have stayed in both campgrounds and enjoyed both. Most sites are fairly flat and back up to trees and have some privacy. Campgrounds have a dump station.

Review №12

This is a little gem of a state park. Picturesque camping in October. Loads of grass trails to walk pups and easy to get to from route 35.

Review №13

Great stop for a visit just off I-90 and I-35. Part of the main trail is closed - not marked or posted as such so you dont know until its time to turn around (this is as of about 2 weeks ago). Walked around for less than an hour.

Review №14

Love this place. Takes reservations.The camp Ranger was so friendly and extremely helpful. Think her name was Debbie? Petite older lady.The layout of the campsites and hookups were wonderful. Dumpsit and clean water available and at no charge.

Review №15

BEAUTIFUL!!!! The trails can be challenging with some good hills, but with anything new, getting use to doing it is the goal.

Review №16

Simple, shallow, easy lake to teach the next generation boating. Bring your oars. Its shallow, but broad. 12ft Lund and a 9.9 Johnson is why they made them. You can let the kids burn 6 gallons of gas and never worry.

Review №17

Great park. Took the kids camping their. My biggest complaint is you can hear the highway at night.

Review №18

Glorious color fall foliage today (Oct 9 20) with a summer like temp making great hiking weather. No mosquitoes...but Asian beetles were flying around.

Review №19

Lovely quiet park with lots of picnic spots. Ranger office closed to public due to pandemic, but staff inside saw us struggling with online pass sales and cracked the window open to sell an annual pass to us instead. THANK YOU! Hike in campsites, prairie and wooded camp sites, and lots of fun geocaching. Bathrooms near the picnic shelter are closed, but a pit toilet is available. Bees have built a nest on the information sign near the picnic shelter, so stay back. Someplace to come back to as the seasons change.

Review №20

Lots of wildlife to see (deer, turkey, turtles, birds). Services when there they are great. But not there very often during the year which sucks. Overall as long as you know not to expect any real services in the park before you visit. You will enjoy.

Review №21

Nice trails and campsites. With younger kids a beach or little play set would be nice but otherwise a nice park.

Review №22

Beautiful park, but a section of a trail on big island was closed with no signage until I was right on top of it. After backtracking and much searching to find where to pick up the trail again, I was concerned that part of the trail was along a curving road. I will try again with hopefully better luck.

Review №23

Well-kept trails and great backpacking sites. The islands are fun too!

Review №24

Beautiful park and family-friendly hiking trails. Very kind and helpful staff

Review №25

Beautiful! What a beautiful place with very easy hikes which makes it perfect for everyone. Great place to spend a day and get away from it all.

Review №26

Clean. Good trails. Saw frogs and walking sticks. Nice lake

Review №27

Nice State park to spend a might. Must have a Minnesota parks pass but they sell them at the gate and they also have a nightly option that other states do not.

Review №28

Great park with a variety of hiking trails. Prairie, Marshlands, and forests. Well maintained trails.

Review №29

Nice place, TMobile lte and 5g worked which was helpful to get a little work done as we enjoyed the serenity.

Review №30

Maybe Im spoiled from dryer climate camping.. but it was buggy and muddy. Overall cool backpack camping experience. Will keep in mind when passing through again.

Review №31

Met family for a picnic and it was great. Easy to find, nice picnic area, beautiful location.

Review №32

Quiet small park. Easy to get to anything you want. Great bike trail.

Review №33

The hike out camping spots were great. It was very spread out. At night it was a breathtaking display of fireflies.

Review №34

I really appreciated this camp ground. I camped on the bog island. I liked the paths and dock. One big problem is the island campground has a bold raccoon that boths you even in the day and will walk up to you. Carry a big stick and defend your ground. I hope that they capture and remove the raccoon. Facilities were well maintained and Nice hot showers.

Review №35

A perfect place to go for a walk... any time of year.

Review №36

Beautiful park and nice campground. The island restrooms are dated and need to be improved. Still a recommend place.

Review №37

We took couples photos here and it was awesome!!! Beautiful area.Also tried some fishing - theres no fish here lol.

Review №38

The only toilet open during COVID is a vault one in the campground. The building with the showers is locked up. There is running water however. Nice choices for trails.

Review №39

Park is pack out (no trash cans) part of the specialness, please respect and prepare properly ️

Review №40

Love this state park. Lots of trials to choose from.

Review №41

Gorgeous Minnesota gem. Lots of great sites and wildlife viewing.

Review №42

Loved it here!!!! Great place to take a nice hike though nature, and also doggo friendly.

Review №43

Beautiful state park! Lots of nice trails!

Review №44

Great spacious sites. Stayed on the island, plenty of trees for hammock camping. Clean bathrooms and well kept. One of the friendliest staff Ive expert at s state park. Quiet hours enforced, was very peaceful despite being full. Would absolutely come back to!

Review №45

Loved this State Campground. Tons of full grown trees with shady areas. Beautiful nature with birds singing. Good fishing, clean showers and bathrooms. Friendly people and was able to get my data service to check on bad weather conditions. Rained a lot when we visited but was still able to enjoy hiking and a bit of fishing.

Review №46

Fun snowmobile trails. Saw lots of deer and even an opossum. Lovely wooded area for exploring. Saw people enjoying cross country skiing and hiking. I’m sure it’s beautiful year round.

Review №47

Beautiful park and very friendly staff! I came and backpack camped and the site was fantastic. Before going I was really worried about the bugs with how much of this park is by water but I wasnt bothered at all. To fellow backpackers, I would note that the number one and two sites are right across the lake from the group camp on little island so you arent as isolated as you think. Based on the park website, i think they are understaffed so the party over at the group camp when I was there lasted until 4 am since there was so park ranger to tell them to be quiet. Just a heads up!

Review №48

Nice campsite with a short and sweet bike trail :) the lake is kinda nasty near the shores but its huge so +1 if you got a canoe!

Review №49

Best state park in Southern Minnesota, with both trails along the lake as well as through the forest. Park Staff is helpful and kind. Trails are routinely maintained.

Review №50

This is a fabulous State Park, it starts with the well knowledgeable and quick witted rangers and camp ground hosts and just continues with the beautiful breath taking sites!!

Review №51

For the flat landers, this park provides easy yet serene hikes.

Review №52

Its a beautiful park with so many trails for hiking, cross country skiing or biking. The lake is very shallow but great for kayaking.

Review №53

Nice camping lots of walking trails very wooded surrounded by Albert Lea lake

Review №54

Excellent state park!! Love their camping facilities and look forward to returning again next year! Great wildlife..just running free!

Review №55

Beautiful park. There were so many animals here in the middle of the day. We walked by 2 deer with a fawn, a beaver, and a chipmunk.

Review №56

Myre-Big Island is a phenomenal state park. Well managed and maintained with activities for everyone. Hiking, biking, fishing, boating, wildlife observing - it can all be done here. For a more rustic experience you can hike in or boat in to the backpacking sites. The best part - its only 1.5 hours from the Twin Cities!

Review №57

Great park, pretty secluded camping. Campsites are better on the island, kind of close but lots of trees, just a few camping this time of year.

Review №58

Beautiful location. Well maintained with wonderful facilities. Excellent hiking biking kayaking Etc. if youre a bird watcher its an absolute Paradise.

Review №59

It was so pretty nice trails

Review №60

Very pretty surroundings, but lots of mosquitoes. Like, a ridiculous amount of mosquitoes. We couldnt 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. Were 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 isnt a beach either. Im 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.

Review №61

Camp site had nice large pad and was roomy. If you stay on the island, it is shaded for the most part, which make early May and June favorible to less bugs, then mid-summer. Lake is good for paddleboarding/canoeing/kayaking not so hot for fidhing as it is s shallow lake nearby bike trails nice! Beautiful trip

Review №62

Nice camp ground. Bathrooms/showers are clean and well kept. The sites are close together so keep in mind you will hear and see your neighbors. The trails are very nice. I think the raccoons are overly populated in this area so keep that in mind. They are bold and are not scared of anyone :) Canoeing and Kayaking was fun!

Review №63

Nice place to go camping.

Review №64

Even though we stopped here for a little while to rest during our road trip... Definitely recommended! The venue was beautiful. Havent tried the hiring trails, but if youre on the road and passing by here: Check it out! Its a good place to rest and chill

Review №65

Nice park and the hiking by the lake was great! Would definitely go back if Im in the area.

Review №66

Had to make reservations via a reservation service. Was told full hook up was $29. I paid by phone. Arrived at park and was informed that a $7 permit was required and there is no water or sewers available at sites. Campers have to drive to another area in park to fill water tanks and dump. Had all of the above been disclosed when making reservations I would not have reserved a space.

Review №67

Alot of fun stuff to do here.

Review №68

Typical state park by the lake. They have a pavilion and picnic tables.

Review №69

Wonderful place to hiking and campingalso to take beautiful photos

Review №70

I am consistently impressed by MN state parks. This is a lovely park with a combination of woods, water, and prairie with many hiking trails. Camping sites are spacious. Easy trip from the twin cities.

Review №71

You got to visit this park in the fall! Leaves are beautiful. We were there October 18, 2017. A wonderful day, a beautiful experience...

Review №72

Spacious great trails

Review №73

We kayaked around a couple bays and snapped some wildlife shots. The water was a little choppy but nothing we cant handle. Id like to check out the water trail when I have a bit more time.

Review №74

Very nice state park with good rates on canoe, kayak, and paddle board rentals. I enjoyed paddle boarding on the shallow lake. The only thing that would be nice is if the lake was swim-able. It’s a bit muddy and shallow.

Review №75

Beautiful state park. Clean! The White Fox campground has gorgeous prairie views and the big island campground has more mature trees and swamp areas. Two different nice places! Will come back!!!!!

Review №76

Love it there with my Girlfriend Christine Thofson

Review №77

Its just beautiful. Get connected to nature.

Review №78

Beatuiful park. Great campground. Friendly staff!

Review №79

I must have been at a different park because where we were (site 4e) was a mudhole. A little gravel please! Also the water we filled up with at the campground (supposed to be potable?) was distinctly yellow. Then there are the roads which are riddled with huge potholes. Must really be a gravel shortage in Minnesota! Bathrooms were mediocre at best. Dont know about the hot water. Didnt want to use the showers. Yuck. Sorry to give such a poor review but I really felt as though I needed to say something about this

Review №80

Lots of walking/hiking/bike trails of which go all the way into Albert Lea, wild life ,clean flush toilets and clean private showers, on a huge lake ,quiet,upper and lower campground with fire rings and picnic tables also has boat,canoe,stand up paddle board rentals reasonably priced.the park rangers are all super friendly and helpful.You register on line for a reservation

Review №81

Beautiful setting. Very well maintained and signed hiking paths. Good place for biking as well. Campsites are well spaced and fairly level. I will definitely return.

Review №82

Nice sites but they confiscated my firewood even though it was in a sealed container and stored at their office.

Review №83

Nice bike path and camping area

Review №84

Nice gem in Southern MN! Excellent Fall Colors.

Review №85

Did the 6.2 mile hiking trail. There are other trash. Was pleasantly surprised at the whole park (layout, camping sites, cleanliness, nice visitors center, friendliness is the staff). Highly recommend a visit to this park.

Review №86

Its not the place I was doing STS there that sucked

Review №87

Just stayed one night on the way somewhere else. But LOVELY State Park. White Fox Campground was great. Well kept. Campsites were large and semi-private (a lot of space between them). Even split between RVs and tents. Tent camped on one site. Hiked a bit on island trail. Beautiful but not especially close to the water except in a few places. Didnt have cause to visit dock or entryway to lake. Is nearer to a main street than realized so did hear faint traffic and a train in the night, but nothing that kept us awake. Bathrooms were clean and accessible. Didnt use showers but wouldnt have hesitated to if necessary. Definitely would like to visit again.

Review №88

Beautiful state park. Lots and lots of great camping spots right by Lake Albert Lea. Despite being so close to town and within eyesight of Interstate 35 going across the lake, the park still very much has a feel of being out in the country. Great boat landing as well. The park is large in size as well, especially for a state park located in Southern Minnesota. Ill definitely be back!

Review №89

Its like youre hiking a big island

Review №90

Beautiful place. But high prices for no wifi. At first I thought 29 dollars wasnt bad. But then they hit you with a 7 dollar permit fee.... which made it not worth it imo.

Review №91

Gorgeous state park! We hiked the Pelican trail and scoped out all the hike in sites for future camping. Each is very secluded and has great views of the lake.After hiking we drove through the drive in sites throughout the park. We preferred the big island and little island group sites to the ones near the hike in sites.Beautiful forests, lots of wildlife and clean facilities. So excited to return!

Review №92

Great campgrounds. Tall trees. So many great spots for hammocks.

Review №93

Rustic campground on a lake. Some sites have a view of the lake, electric only so you will need to fill up with water. Other drawback is they charge a daily fee on top of the camping fee which causes confusion and extra work for the customer. Why not just raise the camping fee to include the daily fee like many states do. It is one of the Mose expensive state parks we have stayed in.

Review №94

Lots of wildlife here! Raccoons, deer, fox, beaver and thats only from one weekend! We stayed on the island campground. Nice sized sites and very much shaded. Only a few mosquitoes out at dusk. We stayed there in July on a weekend where the temps were in the upper 70s for a high.

Review №95

Five stars to the ranger lady at the gate! Midwestern hospitality and friendliness at it’s best!

Review №96

Great campground, lots of nicely maintained hiking trails. Tent sites at the Big Island campground were pretty small, but adequate. Saw a lot of wildlife.

Review №97

Cyclists will appreciate that theres a trail that goes directly from Albert Lea into the park (underneath I-35)

Review №98

Nice campground. We were in the older campground. The bathrooms were really dated but the sites were amazing

Review №99

This place is beautiful!!! Its nice and wooded, but right on the water if you camp on the island. It has fishing a short drive (or LONG walk) away, a boat launch for the canoes and paddleboards that they rent, and because of its close proximity to Albert Lea, we actually had cell service! They have paved and unpaved hiking trails, and the whole campground has more of a rustic nature (including the bathrooms). The bathrooms really werent bad, just a little older. I would DEFINITELY recommend this place for a great camping trip!!!

Review №100

Amazing view, not very buggy, good sized campsites. Everything you want on a camping trip.

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  • Address:19499 780th Ave, Albert Lea, MN 56007, United States
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  • Phone:+1 507-668-7060
  • State park
  • Campground
  • Hiking area
  • Tourist attraction
  • Wheelchair-accessible entrance:Yes
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