Imagine gliding over crystal clear mine lake waters with 40-foot visibility.

Kayak and canoe in our “Mini-Boundary Waters” like surroundings. There is no better place to frolic in the gin clear water. Don’t forget the visibility in the mine lakes is nearly 40 feet! This makes Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area a unique piece of Minnesota – hosting some of the top scuba and snorkeling available anywhere in the midwest! Imagine paddling around these “swimmng pool” lakes. Camp along the shorelines and spend the weekend. Fish for trout and fry some up for dinner. Fish for other trophy fish as well – all in this unspoiled unique environment created by man and beautified by Mother Nature.

Enjoy River Floats by Yourself!
Mississippi River

The Mississippi is also awaiting your canoe or kayak. Check with local bait shops for river conditions and flow rates. The Mississippi River takes on a brown color once it reaches the Aitkin flats near Palisade, MN. The scenery is splendid and there are a number of campsites and accesses along the way. You can investigate the public areas on the maps listed below.

Big Pine River
When you are ready for a river, start with the Big Pine River north of Crosby. This is a gently shallow and very clear gem and the flow is subject to the discharge from the Crosslake Dam. There are a few riffles along this stretch which is ideal for beginners to intermediates and also perfect for inner tubes and other similar flotation. The clear water does harbor good fish populations but they are spooky, so approach holes and other holding water with care!Canoe Cuyuna Country

The Harvey Drake landing is located on County Road 11 west of State Hwy 6 about four miles. This is typically the take-out. From this access, there is about a mile of river down to the confluence with the Mississippi. This is a great area to wade and cast for smallmouth, walleyes, northerns, sunfish, and rock bass.

Kayak and Canoe rentals and instructions are available Check out area cycling, canoe and kayak information HERE.

Mississippi River Maps
Pine River Map


Cycle, Path & Paddle – a local Crosby outdoor
sports shop providing area information, rentals
and sales of outdoor gear. CPP also provides
shuttles to the mine lakes and more.
Information can be obtained for other state
outfitters by clicking here.

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