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.
Construction of the new trailhead started Wednesday, June 18th
During construction, the Pennington Mine Lake public water access, Huntington Mine Lake carry-in canoe access and the road to Miner's Mountain Overlook will be closed to protect public safety. Sections of Easy Street, Crusher and all of Switchback mountain bike trail will also be closed during construction. All other mountain bike trails will remain open. For access to and from the Mahnomen Unit, bikers will need to take the Cuyuna Lakes State Paved Trail to Boot Camp. Sagamore and Portsmouth public water accesses, Portsmouth Campground and the Cuyuna Lakes State Trail will remain open during the project. We are hoping for an opening around the end of September construction map
The mountain bike trails are open and only close when conditions become soft and damage is being done to the trail surface. For a better, safer visit, look over the trail maps before arrival and review the basic guildelines.
New Development Projects in 2014
Mountain bikers will be getting new amenities by the end of the summer - check out the map for details!
Last updated June 18, 2014
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.