Cuyuna Country State Park is located in the Heartland region of central Minnesota near the towns of Crosby and Ironton. This dormant iron mine was, at one time, a major contributor to Minnesota's economy. The mine closed in 1984 and seemed to be abandoned for good until creative people reimagined the former mine as a unique state park site featuring mountain biking trails and fishing holes.
Biking enthusiast Natalia Mendez says "they made lemonade with the lemons they were dealt after mining left the town." (Quoted in the winter 2018 - 2019 edition of Minnesota Explorer.)
How to Get to Cuyuna Country State Park: Drive north from Ironton on County Road 30 for 0.7 of a mile. Turn right into the park.
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Cuyuna Country's Natural Attractions: The area features six natural lakes as well as the 15 deep lakes that were created in the former mine pits. Surrounding the lakes is a vast area of forest and marsh. This habitat provides a home for many species of wildlife and birds.
The excess rock piles left from mining operations are now covered with trees and vegetation. Some of these are as much as 200 feet high. From a distance they appear as natural features of the landscape.Private Minnesota Vacation Rentals in every region of Minnesota
Things to Do in Cuyuna Country State Park: World-class mountain biking (with more than 25 miles of single-track trail), and hiking are both available. The Cuyuna Lakes State Trail winds through the park and provides more than six miles of paved biking and hiking trail. Scuba divers have discovered that the clear lakes make exciting places to explore. Canoe enthusiasts will enjoy the short portages between lakes that allow for a variety of canoeing experiences.
A picnic area, fishing pier and boat ramp are available in the park.
Snowmobiling is popular in the park in winter.
Camping in Cuyuna Country State Park: The park has 25 drive-in campsites on the shore of Portsmouth Mine Lake. 18 sites have electrical hookups and 7 do not. One group site accommodates up to 25 people and is near the swimming beach. Picnic tables, fire rings, and vault toilets are provided. All campsites are available on a first come, first serve basis with self-registration at the campground.
More Attractions in This Region: Visit the Croft Mine Historical Park in Crosby to learn about the history of mining in this area and see some of the old mining equipment. More mining history and artifacts can be seen at the Cuyuna Range Historical Museum.
If you visit the second week of June, go to the village of Cuyuna to take in the Wood Tick Races.Camping Equipment?
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