Myre Big Island State Park

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Park Rule: On Leash
Restroom: Yes
Park Size: Large
Small Dog Area: No
Fee: None
Description

Myre Big Island State Park has something for all visitors. The trails, which is one of its most popular features, take visitors to grasslands, wet lowlands, and oak savanna. The prairie, wetlands, and hardwoods provide a habitat for various animals. Some of the common wildlife present at the park are raccoons, muskrats, squirrels, several species of bats, opossums, and white-tailed deer.

There are also various species of snakes such as northern red-bellied snakes, red-sided garter snakes, and northern brown snakes at Myre Big Island State Park. Everyone is urged to be careful. There are plenty of reptiles too, such as wood frogs and eastern tiger salamanders. 

If you are a pet parent in search of an excellent place where you can take Spike and spend some time with mother nature, Myre Big Island State Park is an ideal place. The great thing is that Minnesota parks welcome dogs, but they have to be on a leash not longer than six feet long. Dogs are allowed in the trails, but they are prohibited in buildings, camper cabins, lodging, and beach areas.

The park has long been considered by many as one of the best birding spots in the state. The best times to go if you like birdwatching are fall when migration happens, and spring. The wood ducks, eastern bluebirds, great blue heron, horned owl, rough-legged hawk, marsh hawk, rose-breasted grosbeak, and American bittern are just some of the bird species that frequent the park.

People who yearn for action and exercise will be happy to know that there is plenty of on-site recreation available such as biking, canoeing, hiking, fishing, cross-country skiing during winter, as well as riding a snowmobile. Those who fancy adventure and would like to spend more time communing with nature can rent one of the campground sites. 

There are hookups available in the winter, flush toilets, hot showers, group camp facilities, sanitary dump stations, and secluded campsites. The campsites allow pets and are accessible to people with disabilities. Spending a few days or even a few hours at the Myre Big Island State Park is a welcome change from your busy life and also a welcome change from your dog’s usual day spent indoors. 

Address
19499 780th Avenue
Albert Lea, MN 56007
Hours
Mon 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tue 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wed 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thu 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Fri 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sat 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sun 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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Address
19499 780th Avenue
Albert Lea, MN 56007
Hours
Mon 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tue 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wed 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thu 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Fri 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sat 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sun 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM