This park has something for everyone. The trails take visitors around wet lowlands, oak savanna, and grasslands. Albert Lea Lake and park marshes draw hundreds of waterfowl during migration. Oak savanna and prairie landscape, including wetlands, dominate most of the park. One of the more unique aspects of the park is the 116-acre Big Island, covered with maple/basswood forest. Another is the glacial esker located in the northeast section of the park.

I bet it is a great trail typically, but it was so rainy and full of mosquitos that we hard to turn around - about the worst I have every seen, but it is a marsh. Even DET did not detour them. The neat thing was there were tons of little frogs all over the trail.

hiking
19 days ago

hiking
Sunday, May 15, 2016

Some beautiful parts to this little loop here and a little amphitheater too. I will definitely be going back to the point of the peninsula on the south side for some good sitting and thinking time on the shore of Albert Lea lake.

hiking
Friday, October 09, 2015

birding
Thursday, October 08, 2015

hiking
Thursday, October 08, 2015

hiking
Thursday, June 25, 2015

hiking
Saturday, December 27, 2014

I hiked the Hiking Club trail...6.2mi I believe. Great hiking trail through forested areas, near campground and Albert Lee Lake, grasslands and a few smaller hills. My July hike was pretty warm...probably in the 90s and sunny so bring sunscreen and water as once on the trail, there is little opportunity to stop and get a drink.
Quiet hike in a nice park.

hiking
Friday, October 03, 2014

hiking
Saturday, September 13, 2014

hiking
Friday, August 22, 2014

trail running
Thursday, July 31, 2014

hiking
Wednesday, November 20, 2013

hiking
Tuesday, November 05, 2013

This trail makes up the south west quadrant of the greater Big Island State Park area. I found it to be in prime fall condition as I hiked it with my wife, sister, and two dogs!

walking
Tuesday, October 22, 2013

hiking
Friday, January 11, 2013

snowshoeing
Friday, January 04, 2013

Snowshoed this trail today with my wife and had a great time! The trail is well-marked and in good condition. The terrain is very mild; almost completely flat, with very limited elevation change, which makes it great for all ages. We also were lucky to see a small herd of deer crossing the frozen lake!

road biking
Monday, December 03, 2012

Several great trail options for biking, hiking, and walking.