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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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Visitor Alert!

Mountain Bike Trails

Warmer weather has melted snow and made the trails soft and muddy. Trails are closed to all recreation until trails firm up and spring assessments are completed.

Updated March 27, 2015

Yurts Opening Soon

Reservations for the three yurts at Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area can be made starting at 8 a.m. Monday, March 16, for arrivals starting Friday, March 27.

Updated March 13, 2015

Park Notes

Be fascinated. Check out the naturalist programs and other activities scheduled at the park.

Mountain Biking:

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.

Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area and Cuyuna Lakes State Trail:

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Watch a videoThis link leads to an external site. of Cuyuna's world-class mountain biking

Portsmouth Campground:

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.
The campground is located on the northwest shore of the Portsmouth Mine Pit Lake (352 feet deep).

Forestry Campgrounds and Day-Use Areas:

Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area also manages two DNR Forestry Campgrounds and one Day-Use Area.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.
For information, contact Cuyuna State Recreation Area at 218-546-5926.

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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 This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it. at Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area.

Park Highlights

tree Croft Mine

tree Fishing

tree Canoeing

tree Mountain Biking

tree Scuba Diving


Best time to contact the park:

Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


307 3rd Street
Ironton, MN 56455

tel: 218-546-5926

fax: 218-546-7369

email: cuyuna.statepark@state.mn.us

Getting There

The recreation area is located near the communities of Crosby and Ironton.