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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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.
Summer Rules for All Trails:
Winter doesn't stop us! We've got 20 miles of groomed trails for premier fat biking.
Get your heart pumping with the tight turns and scenic vistas of over 25 miles of singletrack trail spread across 800 acres!
Three yurts along the west side of Yawkey Mine Lake are open year-round.
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. 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.
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'