The Cuyuna Lakes State Trail is eight miles of paved trail within the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area from Crosby to Riverton. One mile passes through the City of Aitkin along State Highway 169. Abandoned by mining companies more than 35 years ago, the state recreation area contains six natural lakes, plus an additional 15 deep lakes that were former mine pits. Stop to fish, explore the Croft Mine, or ride the new 25-mile single track mountain bike trail system.
Through mid-September, the Cuyuna Lakes State Trail (CLST) near Highway 6 will be under construction to install a multi-use trail tunnel under Highway 6.
There is an unpaved detour to provide CLST trail users a connection during construction. Trail users should stay out of closed areas, follow trail detour signs, and stop and look for traffic when crossing Highway 6 as it is now open to vehicle traffic.
Additional information can be found on the MnDOT Website: https://www.dot.state.mn.us/d3/crosby-ironton/trail/ or City of Crosby Website: https://www.cityofcrosby.com/
(Updated August 20, 2019)
The virtual tours show mountain biking opportunities located in the nearby Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area, as well as divers exploring the mine lakes. It's a great tool to help you plan your next trip!
Or watch a captioned video about Cuyuna Lakes State Trail.
Twenty-five miles of undeveloped shoreline can be explored by boat or canoe and anglers can cast a line for trout, northerns, bass, crappies, sunfish, and walleyes.
Most of the current facilities are privately owned and operated, including campgrounds and a historical park. Check the "In the Area" tab below for information about nearby recreational opportunities.
Looking for the Cuyuna Mountain Bike Trail System? With 25 miles of riding and over 30 purpose-built routes from beginner to pro, it's truly a world-class mountain bike system, and just like the paved Cuyuna Lakes State Trail, you'll find it all in the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area.
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- Trail uses
Accessible Outdoors (electric wheelchairs allowed)
No fees or passes are required to use the Cuyuna Lakes State Trail unless you plan to park in the nearby state recreation area, which requires a daily or annual vehicle pass. There is no all-terrain vehicle use on the trail. There is an adjacent grant-in-aid snowmobile trail alongside the state trail. Learn more about snowmobiling in Minnesota and don't miss the interactive snowmobile trails map.
Do not leave valuables in your vehicle!
Parking is available at the following trail accesses:
- Croft Mine Historical Park and trail head parking is located in Crosby. Follow Hwy 210/6 north into Crosby and follow the signs to the Croft Mine Historical Park or take 2nd Ave NE north to the "T" and then left to the park. Map
- Pennington Mine Lake Public Water Access is northeast of Ironton off of Portsmouth Mine Road.
- Portsmouth parking area is located at the west side of State Hwy 6 just north of Crosby.
- Riverton trail head: From Highway 210 and the intersection of County Road 59, go north 1 to the intersection of County Road 128, take a right and go to the intersection of Rowe Road, take a left and the trail parking lot entrance is on the right of Rowe Road.
Restroom facilities are available along the trail at these points:
- Portsmounth Campground is a facility for campers near the facility, seasonally open.
- Most communities provide public restrooms nearby.
- Public Water Access locations often have seasonal toilets available.
- In the area
Nearby DNR recreational areas include:
- Crow Wing State Park
- Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area
- Crow Wing State Forest
- Pillsbury State Forest
- Waukenabo State Forest
- Wealthwood State Forest
- Mississippi River State Water Trail
- Loerch WMA
- Mission Lake WMA
- Black Hoof Lake Water Access Site
- Little Black Hoof Lake Water Access Site
- Pennington Mine Lake Water Access Site
- Portsmounth Mine Lake Water Access Site
- Sagamore Mine Lake Water Access Site
Attractions and points of interest
Croft Mine Historic Park Crosby (Open Memorial Day through Labor Day, Sat-Sun 10 AM to 6 PM. Self-guided tours only.)
Share the trail with others.
- Stay on designated trail.
- Keep to the right so others can pass.
- Keep all pets on leash, and dispose of pet waste.
- Obey traffic signs and rules.
- Pack out all garbage and litter.
- Respect adjoining landowners' rights and privacy.
- Warn other trail users when passing by giving an audible signal.
- Overnight camping and campfires are permitted only in designated campsites. Never leave campfires unattended.
- Enjoy the beauty of wild plants and animals, but leave them undisturbed for all to enjoy.
- Trail users are legally responsible for obeying the rules and regulations provided in Minnesota Rules, 6100.3000.