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Located on beautiful Bay Lake, a 2,435 acre lake of bays, points and islands, and one of the top bass fishing lakes in Minnesota. A short two hour drive from the Twin Cities, brings you to the heart of the lakes area. We are located 10 minutes from Mille Lacs Lake , Bay Lake, Minnesota's premier walleye factory, 20 minutes from Grand Casino Mille Lacs, and 20 minutes from Brainerd.
A variety of golf courses, tennis courts, restaurants, movies, amusement parks, museums and shopping are all a short drive away. Deerwood and Crosby are very near by and offer small town friendliness, shopping and everything else to make your stay enjoyable.
When folks think of Bay Lake they think of beauty and serenity so close the cities. The many bays offer places to get away from the crowds of the city and relax.
Famous Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge available for your all season bookings. Whether a family get-away, honeymoon, or a large conference, Bay Lake has it all! Enjoy fun and dining at The Lonesome Pine Restaurant on the southwest shore of the lake.
Hansen's Sports on the Hwy 6 near the south end of the lake offers complete boating and snowmobiling services with a small general store, right on your way up north!
The best kept secret in Minnesota?
Welcome to Crosby where small town friendliness and service are a tradition. Built around Serpent lake Serpent Lake - Crosby, MN in the heart of Cuyuna Country, the Crosby area offers dozens of beautiful natural lakes and Serpent Lake - Crosby, MN Minnesota's newest lakes filled with natural crystal clear water. These unique lakes were created when the old Cuyuna Iron Range open mine pits stopped operation. The pumping stopped and the excavated mine sites turned from scarred earth to a new wonderland reclaimed by nature. Crosby is also home to one of the finest medical facilities in the entire region.
The lake is well known for some of the finest walleye, northern pike, trout and panfish in Minnesota.
There is a lot more than great fishing. Travel back in time with a visit to the Croft Mine Historical Park , the Cuyuna Range Historical Museum , or browse Crosby's many antique shops. Diving clubs from across the midwest are drawn to the pristine waters of our mine lakes to explore remnants of the old mining days under the surface.
When the day is done, sit back, relax and savor the freshest, cleanest air around. All this with loons, bald eagles, ospreys and hundreds of natures treasures.
Summer is a special time to visit Crosby, but fall and winter offer their own rewards. As the temperature cools, the northern pike get extremely aggressive. Grouse, ducks, small game and whitetail deer are avalailable to the hunter.
If you want to work out or just go swimming indoors, check out the Hallett Community Center. Croft Mine - Crosby
If you require medical facilities, The Cuyuna Regional Medical Center is considered the finest in the entire area!
Snowmobiling in the area is outstanding with miles of trails connecting to all parts of Minnesota outdoors!
Don't forget your camera. A multitude of photo opportunities await the shutter bug and naturalist with some of the finest bird watching in the midwest.
Cuyuna was officially platted November 14, 1908 one of the first three after Deerwood and Emily. Shortly after the official plat was filed, the brick bank building was constructed along with a school...a one-room, 30 by 40-foot structure between Rabbit lake and the Kennedy mine. The bank building is now city hall. The Kennedy mine eventually was allowed to flood and filled what is now the East Rabbit Lake.
At one time, Cuyuna was had a population of nearly 1,000. Immigrants mostly from Europe, came in the early 1900's to fulfill their dream for a better life.
Today Cuyuna has a population of about 100.
The area around Cuyuna is now known for the beautiful mine lakes and hilly terrain.
The world famous Woodtick Inn hosts summer wood tick races drawing fun seekers from all over the U.S.
Deerwood's famous leaping deer, located in Elmer Park, greets visitors to the hometown of Cuyler Adams. Adams and his faithful dog "Una" were the founders of the Cuyuna Iron Range. The deer also marks the former site of the Deerwood railroad depot. To commemorate Deerwood's historic role as a rail transportation hub on the Cuyuna Range, future plans are for the construction of a half-size replica of the depot for use as a picnic shelter for visitors and residents alike.
Deerwood is the oldest community on the Cuyuna Range. Located between Lakes Reno and Serpent, it is located on the main line of the Northern Pacific Railroad. Stock and berry raising were some of the most important industries. Deerwood was designated a Minnesota Star City in 1990.
Be sure to look for this year's Summerfest weekend, celebrated the second weekend of August. This is an annual event featuring a craft fair, bake sale, street dance, beer garden, bingo, corn feed and sidewalk exhibits.
Emily was one of the first towns platted in the entire region. It was a logging outpost at the turn of the century. Go to Emily's own town website for more.
Welcome to Emily
The Emily - Fifty Lakes area is located on Minnesota Scenic Hwy. 6 in the heart of north central Minnesota. Beautiful pine and hard wood forests and dozens of beautiful clean, clear, natural lakes surround the cities of Emily and Fifty Lakes. Some of the lakes are over 100 ft. deep and have excellent public landings and great fishing; sunfish, crappies, perch, bass, walleyes, northern pike, and lake trout. Every season walleyes over 10 pounds and northern pike in the 15-20 pound range are caught. With our residents and visitors practicing catch and release techniques, our fishing quality will remain great for years to come.
Our beautiful pine, birch, and hard wood forests are home to many kinds of wildlife. Whitetail deer can be seen on a daily basis, along with bald eagles, and many species of wild birds. Squirrels, chipmunks, beaver, and fox abound in the Emily-Fifty Lakes area. The majestic Loon, with it's beautiful and haunting call, can be seen on all of our many lakes. If you are lucky you may catch a glimpse of a timber wolf as they wander through our abundant forests.
You can enjoy canoeing, boating, water skiing and swimming in the clean, clear waters of the Emily-Fifty Lakes area. You may also want to take in a round of golf at one of three golf courses located within Emily or Fifty Lakes. Shop for souvenirs, gifts and clothing at one of numerous gift shops and antique stores. Treat yourself to a cappuccino, ice cream, and specialty food or candy item during your visit to one of these shops.
Our communities also offer excellent dining options renowned for their quality of food. Fuel & convenience stores, hardware, grocery markets with fresh meats, deli and bakery goods, sporting goods, off-sale and on-sale liquors, furniture and much more.
Whether your stay is one night or several, the Emily-Fifty Lakes area has many resorts and resorts and motels for you to relax, enjoy some water sports and get that rest full night sleep you have been longing for.
Ironton was platted in 1910 by John H. Hill and E. A. Lamb. The town lies adjacent to the Armour No.1 and Armour No. 2 mines. Construction of the town was derailed for a time, when ore was discovered under part of the original platted area. Buildings had to be moved at the expense of the mining company holding the lease. But the town eventually settled into the the layout seen today.
Ironton is a small town with old fashioned friendliness and progressive ideas. The new industrial area on the west side of town is awaiting your company's relocation here! Ironton is the home of Minnesota's newest lakes. Rainbow and brook trout are stocked in some of the areas 14 reclaimed mine pits. The trout are not alone. Sunfish, crappie, bass (large and smallmouth), and big northerns also flourish in the rich, clean environment.
If fishing isn't for you, try snorkeling, SCUBA diving, hiking, kayaking or canoeing your way over and under Cuyuna Country. A new trail is planned for building in the spring of 2005. The winter of 2004 will open the snowmobile trail through the Cuyuna Country Recreation Area.
Riverton, MN Riverton Country in the FallThe area lakes, streams, and reclaimed mine-lake fishing makes Riverton a unique small town on the west end of the principal mining area. Sagamore Mine Lake is stocked with Brook and Rainbow trout and is a favorite diving destination. The Mississippi River runs near Riverton as well and there is an access. Some of the finest fishing available in the state is hidden among the channels and backwaters from here to Brainerd.
Riverton has a population that hovers in the 115-120 range and its residents earn their livelihood in neighboring communities. Riverton is made up largely of people who have been attracted to a small, clean, peaceful nature setting and who want to preserve that small town friendly atmosphere.
The iron mining ceased operation years ago and left Trommald a small community centered around the Miller Lake and Black Bear Lake. There is a great deal of county/public land in this area waiting to be explored. Many parts of the Trommald area are largely wild and reclaimed by nature following the intense mining activity of the early 1900's. When in the area, head north on Cty Rd 30. Look for the sign to Trommald. The back roads can be explored, but watch out, the roads are unkept so you are on your own. Some of this area is within the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area and will eventually be developed providing hiking and camping opportunities.