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Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area


Open daily 8a–10p

Once the site of a bustling mining operation, the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area (CCSRA) is one of Minnesota’s best mountain bike trail systems. CCSRA’s 55 miles of singletrack, 16 pristine mine lakes, and 25 miles of natural shoreline make it a favorite destination for outdoor recreation enthusiasts, including cyclists, paddlers, and anglers.

While visiting, please adhere to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MN DNR) Minnesota state park rules and regulations found here.

Know before you go:

• Review the Visitor Alert on the MN DNR website for the most updated trail openings and closings.

• Search your trip dates on the Events Calendar to ensure there isn’t a scheduled race that would occupy a large portion of the trails.

• Cuyuna trails—including those in the CCSRA and Cruser’s Kettle—are closed during the Minnesota Deer Hunting Rifle Season (11/06/21 – 11/21/21).

• Before rifle season, the MN DNR encourages all trail users to wear blaze orange starting on September 18 as different hunting seasons open (e.g., archery, small game, etc.). While it is not common to see hunters on the trails, they are allowed to be there.

• To see all the fall hunting seasons within the CCSRA, please click here.


 

Parking


There is no cost to bicycle or hike the Cuyuna trails, but a Minnesota State Park permit is required to park within the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area.

  • $35 Year-round vehicle permit
  • $26 Additional year-round vehicle permit
  • $30 Year-round motorcycle permit
  • $7 One-day vehicle permit

Buy your vehicle permit online or at one of the following locations below.

Free parking is available in town, and you may ride into the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area. For your safety and out of respect for the residents of Ironton, we strongly advise against parking on HWY 30 outside of the CCSRA.

We suggest parking at one of the following locations in Ironton:

  • 3rd street between Irene Avenue and Winona Avenue (one block north of HWY 210)
  • Curtis Avenue between HWY 210 and 2nd street

Please do not park in front of our residents’ homes.



Events

The MN DNR requires a permit to host an event within the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area. Events may include a large group ride, a competitive race, a bike demo day, a customer appreciation event, or grand opening for a trail-related business. To request a permit, contact the MN DNR at 218-772-3690 or cuyuna.statepark@state.mn.us.

Birding

Cuyuna is for the birds! Nearly 170 species of birds have been recorded in the CCSRA. Use this free Minnesota State Parks and Trails Bird Checklist for the Cuyuna State Recreation Area to record the birds you spot.


Prohibited Uses

The MN DNR prohibits the following in the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area.

• Off-highway vehicles
• Camping in non-designated areas
• Riding on so, wet, or closed trails
• Consuming or displaying intoxicating liquors
• Building a fire (except in a fire ring at the campground or yurts)
• Target and trap shooting
• Horse riding on the mountain bike trails
• Pets off-leash—pets must be on a leash no longer than six feet in length and must be personally attended
• Any activity that damages the trails by foot or bike
• No rock collecting

For trail-specific questions, contact the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area.

307 3rd Street, Ironton, MN 56455
218-772-3690 | mndnr.gov/cuyuna

Drone Use

The MN DNR requires a permit to operate a drone within the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area. To request a permit, contact the MN DNR at 218-772-3690 or cuyuna.statepark@state.mn.us.

COVID-19

The MN DNR requests that you please be sure to follow the MN DNR and the Minnesota Department of Health’s Guidance for Outdoor Recreation and Facilities.