Welcome to Albert Lea, Minnesota
Albert Lea’s major assets are its lakes. In the center of town is Fountain Lake. This is a recreational lake, known
for boating, fishing, water skiing, and paddle boarding. It also has a walking path around its perimeter (approx.
5 miles). In the city and connected by a channel to Fountain Lake is Albert Lea Lake. This large natural lake is
primarily used for canoeing, kayaking, and fishing. It is bordered by Myre Big Island State Park which features
a natural oak savanna landscape. This State Park is known for its wildlife with 234 different kinds of birds.
Fishing boats, canoes and kayaks are available for rent. There is a hiking trail, bike trail, cross country ski trail
and snowmobile trail. There are 43 beautiful parks in Albert Lea that boast many activities.
Currently, Albert Lea averages 42 events per year, with the majority held on Broadway Avenue in the National
Commercial Historic District. The most popular events are: The Big Freeze – an annual winter event featuring
a blue ice plunge, chili cook‐off, ice and snow activities; Wind Down Wednesdays – an outdoor festival &
market featuring music, food and arts and crafts vendors; held every June, July and August on Broadway
Avenue since 2014; Eddie Cochran Days – 3 days of music, cars and fun, held annually in the downtown
commercial district, featuring an annual car show and cruise with over 65 awards presented by the Mayor,
and Thursdays on Fountain – a weekly outdoor music event held at the gazebo on Fountain Lake Park in the
The city benefits from a diverse economic base, ranging from health care, education,
manufacturing (primarily food related), and financial, to unique design and boutique‐type businesses. The city’s
location on the crossroads of interstates 35 and 90, its natural beauty, seven lakes and bays, offer a unique
environment for its residents and visitors. These same benefits make destinations within the region very
accessible, including Big Ten and professional sports, professional theater and music, the Mall of America, and
Mayo Clinic in Rochester.
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