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Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area lies in central Minnesota, close to the towns and cities of Ironton, Aitkin, and Brainerd. The area was once one of the most prolific mining areas in all of Minnesota, and as a result, the land is peppered with pits and waste rock. These pits have slowly filled with water over the past decades and created a picturesque landscape of lakes and mine ponds. This unique landscape makes Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area an ideal place for lake fishing, nature watching, and hiking through some of Minnesota’s best countryside.
This long list of recreational opportunities makes Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area the ideal place to take an RV rental. Making your way to Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area with a rental RV is super simple as both Highway 6 and Highway 210 border the area. Rent a camper near Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area and delight in how this extraordinary landscape has gone from industrial heartland to nature’s paradise. Search for an RV in Crow Wing County to begin your Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area experience.
As the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area is made up of several former mine lakes, fishing is by far the biggest draw for its visitors. The lakes here are home to a wide variety of freshwater game fish, and with numerous fishing spots to choose from, fishermen and women are spoilt for choice. Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area campers can try their hands at catching fish such as rainbow trout, brown trout, brook trout, and northern pike. Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area is arguably one of the best places to catch trophy-sized trout fish in all of central Minnesota.
Alongside the excellent trout fishing, Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area is also a great place to get out onto the water and explore. Portsmouth Mine Pit Lake is one of the largest bodies of water in the recreation area and is ideal for kayaking and canoeing. Portsmouth Mine Pit Lake has a public boat launching ramp on its northwestern shore; this makes accessing the water a simple undertaking. Those motorhome camping without a boat of their own can find rentals within a short distance from the park.
As well as the numerous lakeside recreational activities, Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area is most well known for its mountain bike tracks. With over 25 miles worth of paved and singletrack trails covering 800 acres, Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area is a mountain biker’s dream come true. Routes vary in both length and difficulty, meaning they can be enjoyed by all mountain biking skill levels. The mountain bike trails are also ranked at silver level by the International Mountain Biking Association, which just shows how good they are.
Those RV camping at Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area should head to the Portsmouth Campground. Partial hookups are provided here including 20, 30 amp electrical and water hookups. On-site facilities include flushing toilets, a shower block, a dump station, and picnic tables. Pets are also welcome on site but must be kept on a leash at all times.
An alternative to camping at the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area is to venture a little further east to the Sherwood Forest Campground. Full 20, 30, 50 amp electrical, water, and sewage hookups are provided here. Facilities on this campsite include flushing toilets, shower blocks, laundry services, and a swimming pool.
There are many day trips and sight-seeing opportunities in Crow Wing County, and many are within very short drives of Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area. Paul Bunyan Land makes for a perfect day out for the entire family, especially those with young children. This theme park is home to over twenty-seven rides for all ages and will keep the little ones entertained for hours. The park’s centerpiece is a 26-foot-tall animated talking statue of the famous folklore lumberjack.
Another perfect place the entire family can go and enjoy is the Three Bear Waterpark in Baxter. This waterpark boasts a myriad of waterslides, lazy rivers, water jets, and much more water-themed fun. The waterpark is also home to a children’s pool, perfect for the little ones to enjoy in the safety of their surroundings. Parents will also be pleased to know that all pools are overseen by a team of lifeguards, ensuring everyone enjoys the pools responsibly.
Campers with love for nature and animals may wish to visit the Safari North Wildlife Park in Brainer; only a few miles drive from Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area. Here families can catch glimpses of a whole plethora of wild animals from each corner of the globe. This wildlife park also prides itself on the fact it allows its visitors to get up close and personal with some of its animals. Spend an afternoon feed the herd of giraffes in the park or mingle a hundred parakeets in the parakeet landing exhibit.