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      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.

      Park Highlights
      * Camping
      * Trout Fishing
      * Canoeing
      * Mountain Biking
      * Scuba Diving
      * Fat Biking


      Office Hours

      Best time to contact the park:

      Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

      Contact

      307 3rd Street
      Ironton, MN 56455

      tel: 218-546-5926

      fax: 218-546-7369

      email: [email protected]

      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'
      source: MN DNR
      Primary Trail Type: Cross-Country
      eBikes Allowed: Yes
      Land Status: State Park
      Land Manager: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MNDNR)
      Rally Center Parking - South google parking directions
      Access Info:
      DIRECTIONS FROM THE WEST (HWY 210)
      * Easterly on US Highway 10 to Motley, MN
      * Continue easterly along MN Highway 210 to Ironton, MN
      * Turn left onto Irene Avenue N/County Road 30 (Ironton water tower to right)
      * Continue to Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area entrance

      DIRECTIONS FROM THE EAST (HWY 210)
      ​* Westerly along MN Highway 210
      * Turn right onto MN Highway 210/MN Highway 6/Archibald Road at Deerwood, MN (Holiday gas station to the right)
      * Continue westerly along MN Highway 210/MN Highway 6/Archibald Road to Crosby, MN
      * Turn left onto 3rd Avenue SW/MN Highway 210/MN Highway 6 (Crosby Serpent sign directly ahead)
      * Turn right onto Irene Avenue N/County Road 30 (Ironton water tower to right)
      * Continue to Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area entrance

      DIRECTIONS FROM THE NORTH (HWY 371)
      * Southerly on MN Highway 371
      * Turn left onto MN Highway Highway 210 (Kohls on the left)
      * Turn left onto Irene Avenue N/County Road 30 (Ironton water tower to right)
      * Continue to Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area entrance

      DIRECTIONS FROM THE NORTH (HWY 169)
      *​ South on US Highway 169
      * Merge onto MN Highway 210 at Aitkin, MN
      * Continue westerly along MN Highway 210
      * Turn right onto MN Highway 210/MN Highway 6/Archibald Road at Deerwood, MN (Holiday gas station to the right)
      * Continue westerly along MN Highway 210/MN Highway 6/Archibald Road to Crosby, MN
      * Turn left onto 3rd Avenue SW/MN Highway 210/MN Highway 6 (Crosby Serpent sign directly ahead)
      * Turn right onto Irene Avenue N/County Road 30 (Ironton water tower to right)
      * Continue to Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area entrance

      DIRECTIONS FROM THE SOUTH (I-94)
      * Westerly on US Interstate 94 to Clearwater, MN
      * Take Exit. 178 (MN-24)
      * Turn right on MN Highway 24 to Clear Lake, MN
      * Turn left onto US Highway 10
      * Continue northwesterly to Little Falls, MN
      * Take a slight right to merge onto MN Highway 371
      * Continue northerly to Baxter, MN
      * Turn right at MN Highway 210 (Costco on the far left; at railroad tracks)
      * Continue Easterly along MN Highway 210 to Ironton, MN
      * Turn left onto Irene Avenue N/County Road 30 (Ironton water to right)
      * Continue to Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area entrance

      DIRECTIONS FROM THE SOUTH (HWY 169)
      * Northerly on US Highway 169 to Garrison, MN
      * Turn left onto MN Highway 18 (Mille Lacs Lake Concourse to the right; Y Store to the left)
      * Turn right onto MN Highway 6 to Deerwood, MN
      * Left onto MN Highway 210 (Deerstand restaurant on the right)
      * Turn right onto MN Highway 210/MN Highway 6/Archibald Road at Deerwood, MN (Holiday gas station to the right)
      * Continue westerly along MN Highway 210/MN Highway 6/Archibald Road to Crosby, MN
      * Turn left onto 3rd Avenue SW/MN Highway 210/MN Highway 6 (Crosby Serpent sign directly ahead)
      * Turn right onto Irene Avenue N/County Road 30 (Ironton water tower to right)
      * Continue to Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area entrance
      Disclaimer:
      To park in the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area, MN State Park Permits are required.

      Permits are $7 for one day or $35 for one year. Permits can be purchased here: https://reservemn.usedirect.com/MinnesotaWeb/Memberships/CustomerPermitEntry.aspx , the kiosks on site (day only) or at the MN DNR office in Ironton, MN.
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      Region Details
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      Region Status
      Open as of May 13, 2024
      Local Trail Association

      Stats

      Avg Trail Rating
      Trails (view details)
      102
      Trails Mountain Bike
      106
      Trails E-Bike
      92
      Trails Horse
      11
      Trails Hike
      83
      Trails Trail Running
      82
      Trails Dirtbike/Moto
      11
      Trails ATV/ORV/OHV
      11
      Trails Snowmobile
      6
      Trails Snowshoe
      22
      Trails Nordic Ski
      8
      Total Distance
      129 miles
      Total Descent
      8,751 ft
      Total Vertical
      233 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      1,401 ft
      Reports
      6,941
      Photos
      843
      Ridden Counter
      76,783

      Photos of Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area Mountain Bike

      trail: Sneaky Shiz
      84 |
      Nov 13, 2020 @ 7:22am
      Nov 13, 2020
      trail: The Johnson
      581 |
      Jun 7, 2020 @ 7:38am
      Jun 7, 2020
      | 2 comments
      trail: The Johnson
      815 |
      Aug 19, 2018 @ 9:46pm
      Aug 19, 2018
      265 |
      Jul 14, 2018 @ 9:23pm
      Jul 14, 2018
      trail: Bobsled Loop
      604 |
      Oct 17, 2017 @ 7:46pm
      Oct 17, 2017
      trail: Sneaky Shiz
      153 |
      Oct 9, 2017 @ 3:30pm
      Oct 9, 2017
      237 |
      Jul 2, 2017 @ 4:53pm
      Jul 2, 2017
      trail: Bobsled Loop
      375 |
      Sep 4, 2016 @ 5:53pm
      Sep 4, 2016

      Videos of Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area Mountain Bike

      Pedal Strike on Sinter
      trail: Sinter
      31 | Nov 18, 2023
      Suyuna Expert Jump Line Epic Smash
      0:51 | 193 | Jun 14, 2019
      Cuyuna Lakes Opening Weekend - Classic Trails...
      trail: Winze
      19:49 | 24 | Mar 23, 2024 , Crosby
      Winter Wonderland at Cuyuna Country SRA,...
      16:00 | 27 | Jan 18, 2024 , Crosby
      Fun Trails in Winter | Mountain Biking at...
      11:36 | 26 | Jan 12, 2024 , Crosby
      My first ride at Cuyuana mountain bike trails...
      trail: Drawpoint
      6:22 | 133 | Jun 6, 2023 , Crosby
      My first ride at Cuyuana mountain bike trails...
      trail: Winze
      6:22 | 101 | Jun 6, 2023 , Crosby
      My first ride at Cuyuana mountain bike trails...
      6:22 | 99 | Jun 6, 2023 , Crosby

      Current Trail Warnings

      statustraildateconditionuserinfo
      Overburden Road - South
      May 12, 2024 @ 8:32am
      May 12, 2024
      IdealCycleKrieg
      Sinter
      Apr 30, 2024 @ 5:37pm
      Apr 30, 2024
      IdealShredred CLMTBC Closed do to sluffing of berms and features.

      Recent Trail Reports

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      dstarr651wishlisttrailactivity #52841478
      May 19, 2024 @ 3:07pm
      9 hours
      MeganwJqr3Uaddphotoactivity #52825357
      May 19, 2024 @ 7:42am
      16 hours
      DownTown38riddentrailactivity #52824071 and 1 more
      May 19, 2024 @ 7:09am
      17 hours
      JorymW8zgXwishlistregionactivity #52738050
      May 17, 2024 @ 2:12pm
      2 days
      MichaelkRBy4hwishlisttrailactivity #52637195
      May 15, 2024 @ 9:15am
      May 15, 2024

      Recent Comments

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      kevinkE06g0trailCruser's KettleI really did not enjoy this trail. By far the...
      May 14, 2024 @ 6:10am
      May 14, 2024
      R3lCf7reportCruser's KettleThe Sri see dv the rjf. Wi rRkjs rereadc ykrynf
      May 12, 2024 @ 8:46am
      May 12, 2024
      TimsEFgvhreportCruser's KettleThe trees have been cleared on the Kettle.
      May 11, 2024 @ 7:28am
      May 11, 2024
      TimsEFgvhreportCruser's KettleRemoval of this tree will have to wait until...
      May 10, 2024 @ 2:26pm
      May 10, 2024
      TimsEFgvhreportCruser's KettleLarge tree in trail. Best if hiked in from H6
      May 10, 2024 @ 12:05pm
      May 10, 2024

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      Activity Type Stats

      activitytypetrailsdistancedescentdescent distancetotal verticalratingglobal rankstate rankphotosreportsroutesridelogs
      Mountain Bike106128 miles8,658 ft44 miles233 ft
      #48#228336,8821427,060
      E-Bike9285 miles6,742 ft28 miles203 ft
      #26#985,84910215
      Horse117 miles318 ft3 miles138 ft
      1,9304
      Hike83121 miles7,434 ft42 miles226 ft
      #58#325,9475138
      Trail Running82120 miles7,428 ft42 miles226 ft
      #60#3115,9393208
      Dirtbike/Moto117 miles318 ft3 miles138 ft
      1,9262
      ATV/ORV/OHV117 miles318 ft3 miles138 ft
      1,92610
      Snowmobile639 miles1,483 ft15 miles200 ft
      3751
      Snowshoe2237 miles2,480 ft11 miles194 ft
      #38#231,0415113
      Nordic Ski820 miles1,119 ft5 miles118 ft
      #115#811,00212
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