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Big Island Campground

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About This Campground

State Park

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…

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  • Drive-In
    Park next to your site
  • Walk-In
    Park in a lot, walk to your site.
  • Hike-In
    Backcountry sites.
  • Boat-In
    Sites accessible by watercraft.

Stay Connected

  • WiFi
  • Verizon
  • AT&T
  • T-Mobile

Site Types

  • Tent Sites
  • RV Sites
  • Standard (Tent/RV)
  • Group
  • Cabins
  • Tent Cabin


For Campers

  • Market
  • ADA Access
  • Trash
  • Picnic Table
  • Firewood Available
  • Phone Service
  • Reservable
  • Showers
  • Drinking Water
  • Electric Hookups
  • Toilets
  • Alcohol
  • Pets
  • Fires

For Vehicles

  • Sanitary Dump
  • Sewer Hookups
  • Water Hookups
  • Big Rig Friendly


13 Reviews of Big Island Campground

Ratings Breakdown

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Reviewed Sep. 18, 2022

This one is close to home for me

I've always considered myself blessed to have this state park so close to home. This is a beautiful, well kept state park. Now days if you plan to camp on the weekends you basically have to make a reservation here as it is usually pretty busy but even than if you can get a spot most of the sites…

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Sitesite 9 this Time
Month of VisitOctober
MThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2021

Camp on an island

We are camping here for one night. Site 14e. Nice large wooded site near the lake but with no lake view. Nice new shower building. Quiet tonight. We heard a Barred owl hooting. Campsites are spread out, with some trees separating and giving some privacy.

  • New shower house and outdoor dishwashing station
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Month of VisitOctober
Matt C.
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2021

A perfect group camp

The little island group camp is a hidden gem- a whole island to yourself! The weekend was very cold - middle of May. But there was a lot of hiking to do. I'd recommend trying to snag this spot later in the summer when the lake is more inviting. But we did see lots of migratory birds over the…

SiteLittle Island Group Camp
Month of VisitJune


Big Island Campground is located in Minnesota

Detail location of campground


Located 3 miles southeast of Albert Lea on County Highway 38. Interstates 90 and 35 intersect just north of Albert Lea. Both interstates have signs directing visitors to the park. From Interstate 35: Take exit 11, turn east on Freeborn County Road 46. Follow County Road 46 for 1/2 mile then turn south on Freeborn County Road 38 and continue on County Road 38 for 1 1/2 miles to park entrance. From Interstate 90: Take Interstate 35 South and follow above directions.


19499 780th Ave
Albert Lea, MN 56007


43.64038968000001 N
93.29359867 W

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