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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.

Tell me more about this park's wildlife, history, geology and landscape.

Visitor Alert!

Hunting Alert:

The Cuyuna Country SRA is open to both traditional recreational users and hunters.

The following tips will help you to stay safe when visiting an active hunting area.

  • Ride With a Buddy
  • Wear Bright Color Clothing to Make Yourself More Visible
  • Make Noise to Alert the Hunters to Your Presence (especially if you hear shots)
  • Once the Hunter is Aware of Your Presence, Don't Make Unnecessary Noise to Disturb Their Hunt.
  • Be Courteous to the Hunters

If hunting makes you uneasy, choose a location where hunting is not allowed, such as a state park.

Mountain Bike Trails Are Open

Early winter weather can put the trails through a Freeze/Thaw cycle. This usually happens mid to later morning as the temperatures start to rise. Please be mindful when you're out recreating and don't ride or walk on soft trails. Any trail damage done tends to freeze and stay that way till it can be fixed in the spring.

For more information: state parks during fall hunting season.

(Updated Oct. 23, 2015)

Park Notes

Be fascinated. Check out the naturalist programs and other activities scheduled at the park.

Mountain Biking:

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.

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.

Portsmouth Campground:

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.
The campground is located on the northwest shore of the Portsmouth Mine Pit Lake (352 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.


Bird Checklist This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it. at Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area.

Park Highlights

tree Croft Mine

tree Fishing

tree Canoeing

tree Mountain Biking

tree Scuba Diving


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

email: cuyuna.statepark@state.mn.us

Getting There

The recreation area is located near the communities of Crosby and Ironton.