Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area
Abandoned by mining companies more than 30 years ago, this area of former mining pits and rock deposit stockpiles now boasts regenerated vegetation and clear lakes that draw a wide range of recreation enthusiasts. Twenty-five miles of natural shoreline can be explored by boat or canoe and anglers can cast a line for trout, northern, bass, crappie, or sunfish.
As one of Minnesota's newest State Recreation Areas, Cuyuna's 5,000 acres are mostly undeveloped. Off-highway vehicles are not permitted within the boundaries of Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area.
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Event Notice: There will be an event that will close the entire single track mountain bike trail system on Saturday, October 10th and all single track mountain bike trails in the Mahnomen Unit on Sunday, October 11th. Hunting Alert: The Cuyuna Country SRA is open to both traditional recreational users and hunters. The following tips will help you to stay safe when visiting an active hunting area. 1. Ride With a Buddy 2. Wear Bright Color Clothing to Make Yourself More Visible 3. Make Noise to Alert the Hunters to Your Presence (especially if you hear shots) 4. Once the Hunter is Aware of Your Presence, Dont Make Unnecessary Noise to Disturb Their Hunt. 5. Be Courteous to the Hunters If hunting makes you uneasy, choose a location where hunting is not allowed, such as a state park. The mountain bike trails will be closed November 6th and re-open on November 23rd due to the firearms deer season. Stay in one of the new yurts! Make a reservation.
(Updated September 11, 2015)
Be fascinated. Check out the naturalist programs and other activities scheduled at the park.
Get your heart pumping with the tight turns and scenic vistas of over 25 miles of singletrack trail riding spread across 800 acres! Learn more.
Camping is available at Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area at the Portsmouth Campground. There are 18 electric sites and 7 non-electric sites all available on first-come, first-serve basis only. There is one group camp that is reservable online.
Forestry Campgrounds and Day-Use Areas:
Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area also manages two DNR Forestry Campgrounds and one Day-Use Area. br>These facilities include the Clint Converse Campground in Land O'Lakes State Forest and Greer Lake Campground and Pelican Beach Day-Use Area in Crow Wing State Forest. Camping is first-come, first-serve.
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Don't move firewood!
Burning non-local firewood can spread invasive species, and it's against Minnesota state law. Learn more. Always buy your firewood at the park, or from an approved local vendor. Find firewood vendors for Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area.
Bird Checklist at Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area.
Best time to contact the park:
Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
307 3rd Street
Ironton, MN 56455
The recreation area is located near the communities of Crosby and Ironton.