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 Update

  • Portsmouth Campground is open through October 31
  • Water in the campground and Rally Center is on until October 10.
  • 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. All trails are closed to all uses except hunting during firearm deer season.

  • Small Game Season: 9/16/17 - 2/28/18
  • Deer-Archery Season: 9/16/17 - 12/31/17
  • Deer-Firearm Season: 11/4/17 - 11/19/17
  • Deer-Muzzle Loader Season: 11/25/17 - 12/10/17
  • Trapping is not allowed in the recreation area.

Summer Rules for All Trails:

  • Wet, soft or muddy trails are closed. Muddy bikes or footwear are indications of closed trails.
  • Trails are closed during rain. They're typically able to open several hours after the rain as stopped.
  • Check weather forecast for Ironton (zip 56455) before you travel.
  • Any activity that causes trail damage to the single-track trails is prohibited.
  • Sagamore Unit trails do not close under wet weather conditions.

(Updated 9/22/17)

Park Notes

Fat Biking:

Winter doesn't stop us! We've got 20 miles of groomed trails for premier fat biking.

Mountain Biking:

Get your heart pumping with the tight turns and scenic vistas of over 25 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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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.


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Park Highlights

tree Camping

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'