Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area

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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

Seasonal Updates:

The singletrack mountain bike trails are open and winter regulations are in effect on those trails and the Sagamore Unit trails. The Cuyuna Lakes State trail has no winter restrictions. CCSRA rules and regulations are posted on our All Seasons Map

  • Portsmouth Campground is closed for the season and will reopen in May.
  • Water is off in the Rally Center for the season.
  • Croft Mine is closed for the season.

Hunting Season is Open:

Hunting is allowed in all areas of the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area. It is recommended that visitors wear blaze orange. Please be respectful of hunters.

  • Small Game Season: 9/16/17 - 2/28/18
  • Trapping is not allowed in the recreation area.

Posted winter regulations for the groomed singletrack mountain bike trails and the Sagamore Unit trails:

Permitted uses

  • Foot travel on skis or snowshoes
  • Bicycles with tires at least 3.7" wide

Prohibited uses

  • Foot travel (except as permitted)
  • Pets
  • Activities which damage groomed trail

Park Notes

Fat Biking

Winter doesn't stop us! We've got 40 miles of groomed trails for premier fat biking.

Mountain Biking

Get your heart pumping with the tight turns and scenic vistas of over 30 miles of singletrack trail spread across 800 acres!

Virtual Tour

Plan your next trip using this virtual tour of Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area and Cuyuna Lakes State Trail!
Panoramic tour | Snapshot tour | Mountain biking videoThis link leads to an external site.


Three yurts along the west side of Yawkey Mine Lake are open year-round.

Portsmouth Campground

There are 18 electric sites and 15 non-electric sites, plus a group camp located in this campground on the northwest shore of the Portsmouth Mine Pit Lake (395 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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Park Highlights

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tree Trout Fishing

tree Canoeing

tree Mountain Biking

tree Scuba Diving

tree Fat Biking


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


Getting There

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

GPS coordinates:
Office: N46 28.723' W93 58.597'
Portsmouth Campground: N46 29.036' W93 59.563'
Miner's Mountain Rally Center: N46 29.06' W93 59.563'
Yurts: N46 29.977' W93 56.686'