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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

2016 Reservations changes

  • All campsites at this park are reservable.
  • Same-day reservations are now available.
  • If you need help making a reservation, call 866-857-2757.
  • For more details, read the FAQ.

Portsmouth Campground is Open:

-Shower house is closed and water will be turned on early May.

Mountain Bike Trails Are Open:

-The mountain bike trails will be closed to all recreational activities when it is raining. The trails will need time to dry out and firm up after the rain has stopped before they reopen. This is to protect the riding surface from unneeded damage.

-Any activity by foot or bike that damages the dirt trail surface is prohibited.

-Wet, Soft or Muddy trails are closed trails.

(Updated April 23rd, 2016)

Park Notes

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

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 17 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.


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 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

email: cuyuna.statepark@state.mn.us

Getting There

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