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Welcome to the South of North. Albert Lea Area Lakes are host to the 2019 Minnesota Governor's Fishing Opener.  This is your source for helpful information to help you make the most of this great tradition in the North Star State.
Hope you're ready to tell some big fish stories.


Historic Downtown Albert Lea

With one of the largest intact historic districts in Minnesota, downtown Albert Lea is a delight for lovers of architecture and history. Since the street and sidewalk improvements were completed in 2014, the downtown has seen major revitalization, including more than a dozen new businesses on Broadway in Albert Lea. It features everything from boutiques to restaurants to art centers and a new splash pad on the north end of Broadway.

Albert Lea Anglers

The Albert Lea Anglers is a fishing team for teens in Albert Lea Area School District 241. Approximately 50 boys and girls are members of the Albert Lea Anglers. The have regular meetings, seminars, fishing tournaments and are involved in the Albert Lea community.


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Brookside Boathouse

The Brookside Boathouse is on West Richway Drive near the boat landing and community gardens in Albert Lea. During the spring and summer, you can go to the boathouse during open hours and rent a canoe, kayak, or a paddle board.


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The Blazing Star State Trail

The Blazing Star State Trail is paved and runs from Albert Lea Lake in Albert Lea to Myre-Big Island State Park, a distance of approximately six miles. Trail users, which include bicyclists, walkers and runners, cant’s help but enjoy the serenity of nature. The park is considered one of the many good birding spots in southern Minnesota, especially during spring and fall migration. Plans are under way to connect the trail from the state park to the city of Hayward and eventually to the Shooting Start State Trail in Austin.


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Myre-Big Island State Park 
Myre-Big Island State Park is a state park of Minnesota, just outside the city of Albert Lea. It has an area of 1,578 acres. The park protects 8 miles of shoreline on Albert Lea Lake. It is one of the most visited state parks in Minnesota and features camping, hiking, canoeing and biking opportunities. The park was formerly named Helmer Myre State Park after former Minnesota State Senator Helmer Myre. 

Call  507-668-7060 to talk >

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Freeborn County Historical Museum

The museum is located at 1031 Bridge Avenue in Albert Lea and includes a library and village. The professional designed exhibits define the history of Freeborn County, including room settings, display cases, open exhibits, and miniature business settings to create learning and fun experiences for the viewer. It also includes memorabilia from Albert Lea natives Marion Ross and Eddie Cochran.

Call 507-373-8003 to talk >

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Marion Ross Performing Arts Center

The Marion Ross Performing Arts Center is an historic building located at 147 North Broadway in downtown Albert Lea. It is home to Albert Lea Community Theatre (ACT), which is one of the longest running community theatres in Minnesota at nearly 55 years. In 2008, the building was named after Albert Lea native Marion Ross, a Hollywood actress most notable for the role of Mrs. Cunningham on the TV show “Happy Days”. The Marion Ross Performing Arts Center features many plays, musicals, and concerts throughout the year. It also hosts live streaming HD performances of the Metropolitan Opera. 

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Media requests, call Jason Howland at 507-438-1098 >


Mrs. Gerry’s

Mrs. Gerry’s Kitchen, Inc., is a locally owned and operated company that produces their famous potato salad, . Started five decades ago out of their own kitchen, owners Gerry and Jerry Vogt purchased their first plant in 1973. Today, the 214,000-square-foot facility is located at 2110 YH Hanson Ave in Albert Lea, makes 120 different products to sell all over the nation, and employs more than 200 people. 

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Call 507-373-6384 to talk >


Blue Zones

The Blue Zone Project is a community-wide well-being improvement initiative designed to make healthy choices easier for everyone in our community. The Blue Zone Project helps people move naturally, eat wisely, connect, and have the right outlook — all of which lead to living longer, better lives. In 2009, Albert Lea was the original Blue Zones pilot project and has been featured in hundreds of media outlets including Good Morning America and National Geographic.

To learn more about the Blue Zones Project, please contact Ellen Kehr >


Shell Rock Watershed District

The Shell Rock Watershed District, which encompasses 246 square miles in Freeborn County, was established in 2003 at the request of local citizens’ petition for the purpose of improving water quality. Consisting of a board of appointed managers and a small number of paid administrative and field staff, the district’s largest project to date has been occurring since 2018 with the dredging of Fountain Lake.This spring, the dredging will start up again in hopes of completing phase 1, which is Edgewater Bay.


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