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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 Status
      Caution as of Dec 25, 2022
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      Stats

      Avg Trail Rating
      Trails (view details)
      103
      Trails Mountain Bike
      102
      Trails E-Bike
      87
      Trails Horse
      11
      Trails Hike
      81
      Trails Trail Running
      80
      Trails Dirtbike/Moto
      11
      Trails ATV/ORV/OHV
      11
      Trails Snowmobile
      6
      Trails Snowshoe
      19
      Trails Nordic Ski
      7
      Total Distance
      130 miles
      Total Descent
      8,867 ft
      Total Vertical
      233 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      1,401 ft
      Reports
      5,940
      Photos
      965
      Ridden Counter
      61,809

      Photos of Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area Mountain Bike

      trail: Sneaky Shiz
      48 |
      Nov 13, 2020 @ 7:22am
      Nov 13, 2020
      trail: The Johnson
      435 |
      Jun 7, 2020 @ 7:38am
      Jun 7, 2020
      | 2 comments
      trail: The Johnson
      603 |
      Aug 19, 2018 @ 9:46pm
      Aug 19, 2018
      trail: Bobsled Loop
      492 |
      Oct 17, 2017 @ 7:46pm
      Oct 17, 2017
      320 |
      Mar 15, 2017 @ 11:25am
      Mar 15, 2017
      report
      320 |
      Mar 15, 2017 @ 11:25am
      Mar 15, 2017
      trail: Bobsled Loop
      330 |
      Sep 4, 2016 @ 5:53pm
      Sep 4, 2016
      427 |
      Jun 11, 2015 @ 4:34pm
      Jun 11, 2015
      | 2 comments
      1,539 |
      May 17, 2009 @ 12:27pm
      May 17, 2009
      | 6 comments

      Videos of Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area Mountain Bike

      Suyuna Expert Jump Line Epic Smash
      0:51 | 173 | Jun 14, 2019
      MTB Riding Winze | Cuyuna State Park Trails I...
      trail: Winze
      7:10 | 20 | Jan 9, 2023 , Crosby
      MTB Riding Manuel Drive | Cuyuna State Park...
      10:09 | 14 | Jan 8, 2023 , Crosby
      MTB Riding Bobsled DH | Cuyuna State Park...
      4:02 | 25 | Jan 7, 2023 , Crosby
      Trail Review - Sagamore Unit's Dynamite
      trail: Dynamite
      19:10 | 58 | Oct 24, 2022 , Crosby
      My first ride at Cuyuana mountain bike trails...

      6:22 | 54 | Sep 1, 2022
      MTB Riding the Cuyuna State Park Trails, July...
      25:37 | 54 | Aug 25, 2022 , Crosby
      MTB Riding the Cuyuna State Park Trails, July...
      trail: Screamer
      25:37 | 66 | Aug 25, 2022 , Crosby

      Recent Trail Reports

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      Syracuse
      Feb 5, 2023 @ 9:06am
      2 days
      Snow Groomed CycleKrieg CLMTBC
      Blaster
      Feb 5, 2023 @ 1:06am
      2 days
      Snow Groomed CycleKrieg CLMTBC
      Cuyuna Connector - Southbound
      Feb 4, 2023 @ 3:40am
      3 days
      Snow GroomedAwesome conditions!Jbangen
      Manuel Access
      Feb 1, 2023 @ 1:11am
      Feb 1, 2023
      Snow PackedMTBshreddr
      Trout
      Jan 31, 2023 @ 5:11pm
      Jan 31, 2023
      Snow GroomedMTBshreddr
      Bobsled Loop
      Jan 31, 2023 @ 5:11pm
      Jan 31, 2023
      Snow GroomedMTBshreddr
      Bobsled Intermediate
      Jan 31, 2023 @ 5:11pm
      Jan 31, 2023
      Snow GroomedMTBshreddr
      Yawkey Return
      Jan 31, 2023 @ 5:11pm
      Jan 31, 2023
      Snow GroomedMTBshreddr
      Man Cage
      Jan 31, 2023 @ 5:11pm
      Jan 31, 2023
      Snow GroomedMTBshreddr
      Drag Line - North
      Jan 29, 2023 @ 9:21am
      Jan 29, 2023
      Snow Groomed A few drifting spotsCycleKrieg CLMTBC

      Activity Feed

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      user #984272CycleKriegaddreportSyracuse and 1 more
      Feb 5, 2023 @ 8:17pm
      1 day
      user #2066561JbangenaddreportCuyuna Connector - Southbound
      Feb 4, 2023 @ 4:55pm
      2 days
      user #1321892rcmckillvotetrailAuger and 5 more
      Feb 3, 2023 @ 9:41am
      Feb 3, 2023
      user #1277160MTBshreddraddreportManuel Access and 6 more
      Feb 1, 2023 @ 11:14am
      Feb 1, 2023
      user #984272CycleKriegaddreportDrag Line - North and 3 more
      Jan 29, 2023 @ 8:37pm
      Jan 29, 2023

      Recent Comments

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      user #3151322AndreaROAJd7reportPoieto DHAbbandonato
      Sep 23, 2022 @ 4:00am
      Sep 23, 2022
      user #1717063BobbyGeereportBobsled IntermediateTigyc saw/x.lq cays I just n.(( cccyy cm j...
      Sep 22, 2022 @ 1:38pm
      Sep 22, 2022
      user #3079081msp1mlbtrailBackcountryThe trail is open and is in excellent shape....
      Sep 10, 2022 @ 8:46am
      Sep 10, 2022
      user #2732552Sugareeb22trailCruser's KettleStarting and finishing at the trailhead was...
      Sep 5, 2022 @ 12:58am
      Sep 5, 2022
      user #2732552Sugareeb22trailBackcountryPart of this trail is closed. You'll run into...
      Sep 4, 2022 @ 1:19pm
      Sep 4, 2022

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      Activity Type Stats

      activitytypetrailsdistancedescentdescent distancetotal verticalratingglobal rankstate rankphotosreportsroutesridelogs
      Mountain Bike102129 miles8,773 ft45 miles233 ft
      #52#229565,8791920,520
      E-Bike8785 miles6,742 ft28 miles203 ft
      #29#784,76210108
      Horse117 miles318 ft3 miles138 ft
      1,701
      Hike81122 miles7,552 ft43 miles226 ft
      #60#324,952587
      Trail Running80122 miles7,543 ft43 miles226 ft
      #60#314,9473150
      Dirtbike/Moto117 miles318 ft3 miles138 ft
      1,6972
      ATV/ORV/OHV117 miles318 ft3 miles138 ft
      1,6979
      Snowmobile639 miles1,483 ft15 miles200 ft
      31
      Snowshoe1937 miles2,480 ft11 miles194 ft
      #39#252375106
      Nordic Ski720 miles1,122 ft5 miles118 ft
      #48#392217
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