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.
Tell me more about this park's wildlife, history, geology and landscape.
Special Event this weekend will close some of the MTB trails to the general pubic: 6/27- Yawkey Unit trails (Map Inset D) are closed from 7am to 5pm. 6/28- Mahnomen Unit trails (Map Inset B) are closed from 7am to 6pm.
The mountain bike trails and the Portsmouth Campground are open for the season! Stay in one of the new yurts! Make a reservation.
(Updated May 12, 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.
Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area and Cuyuna Lakes State Trail:
Watch a video of Cuyuna's world-class mountain biking
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.