Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area307 3rd St
Ironton, MN 56455
From TH #210 in Ironton, take CR #30 north for 1.2 miles. Campground is on the right side of road.Get Directions
Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area is part of the Minnesota State Park and Recreation Area system and is located east of Brainerd, near the towns of Crosby and Ironton.
As one of Minnesota's newest State Recreation Areas, Cuyuna's 5,000 acres are mostly undeveloped. With over 25 miles of singletrack trail riding spread across 800 acres and skills challenge areas, Cuyuna is truly world-class mountain biking.
The Miner’s Mountain Rally Center, just north of Ironton, is a good place to start if you’re hitting the 25 miles of world-class mountain bike trails. The singletrack dirt trails have been designed in a variety of difficulty levels. For a smoother ride you can take the paved Cuyuna Lakes State Trail eight miles from Crosby to Riverton. From the Rally Center, you can also hike to Miner’s Mountain Overlook for spectacular views of the red rock landscape.
The site features a campground and 3 four-season yurts for overnight stays.
This area of former mining pits and rock deposit stockpiles now boasts regenerated vegetation and crystal-clear lakes that draw a wide range of recreation enthusiasts including kayakers and scuba divers. Twenty-five miles of natural shoreline can be explored by boat or canoe and anglers with a trout stamp can cast a line for trout, northern, bass, crappie, or sunfish in the park's dedicated trout lakes.
Off-highway vehicles are not permitted within the boundaries of Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area. Motorized off-road vehicles are welcomed at the Iron Range Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area near Gilbert and Virginia.
Camping is available at the Portsmouth Campground. The campground is located on the northwest shore of Portsmouth Mine Lake. The campground has both shaded sites and open, grassy sites. 18 electric and 17 non-electric sites are available for camping during the regular camping season. All campsites require reservations. Campers need to self register at the campground.
5 sites, same as above, but without drive-in access.
1 site - accommodates up to 25 people
Site is located in a wooded area within a short distance of restrooms/showers, swimming beach and mountain bike trails.
Located along Yawkey Mine Lake. Three 7-person yurts are located along Yawkey Mine Lake. Heating firewood is provided at no charge for the indoor woodstoves during the winter months. Electricity is not available, and pets, open flames, and cooking are not allowed inside the yurts. Binghamite and Manganese yurts have partial shade. Silkstone yurt is closest to water and restrooms. More information on yurts.
The campground is located on the Portsmouth Mine Lake. Mine lakes stocked with trout are excellent for fishing, scuba diving and canoeing. Canoes, kayaks, and bikes are rented locally.
Hours & Dates
Open Season (May 8 - September 20)
- Monday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
- Tuesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
- Wednesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
- Thursday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
- Friday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
- Saturday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
- Sunday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
- Daily camping maximum: $23.00
- Daily camping minimum: $15.00
State Park Vehicle Permit Required. Yurts: $50-65. Group campsites: $50-250.
On-Site Facilities & Services
- Located on a lake or river
- Bike trail
- Lake/river access (boat ramp)
- Swimming beach
- Can accommodate groups of 45 or more
Number/Type of Campsites
- Total number of campsites: 36
- Flush toilets in campground
- Group camp facilities
- Hot showers in campground
- Pets allowed in campsite
- State Parks Campgrounds
Length of Stay
- Daily site rental
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
Based on 4 reviews
This campground is perfect for those in the area for the biking trails. The spots are spacious and open, however many are wide open with no shade. The restroom and shower room is very dated, but...
— shalawilsonyoung, June 3, 2019
I’m fortunate to live within riding distance of the paved bike path . Many of the paved bike trails in the area are on railroad grades which is fine, but this is not. It’s a beautiful trail and if...
— dragonfly298, June 13, 2018
Great location, well kept grounds! Very rough bathroom /shower house. Some sites have electricity, but no water or sewer or dump... rough. We love the recreation facilities, love!!! Seems there's...
— JessieJFam, September 12, 2017
I was traveling from U.P. of Michigan to MT and was hoping to find a place to camp and I came across this campground just after dark. I was VERY happy to find a campground that was open in mid...
— bjs119, October 16, 2016