a bike by the lake

Cuyuna a Country State Recreation Area boasts 25 miles of forested shoreline providing peaceful relaxation for those who desire a rustic experience. Embrace the sun dancing on quiet, crystal blue waters, the crackling warmth of a campfire and the haunting call of loons. Start the day by mountain biking over 30 miles of groomed trails. Spend a lazy afternoon paddling in a canoe or kayak. Slip over the side in scuba gear and explore the remnants of an iron mine hundreds of feet below the still surface. Plan a day or a week to camp, bike, hike, and fish. Motorized off-road vehicles are not allowed in the park. Get a great overview of the area atop Miner’s Mountain, from Pennington Lake near Ironton, bike, hike or drive up the outlook trails’ winding switchbacks to the highest point in the area. There you will a beautiful vista of numerous lakes and forests. Thirty-three primitive campsites are available at the Portsmouth Campground off County Road 30 north of Ironton. Reservations are required. For the latest information and trail maps, call 218-773-3690 or visit 307 3rd St. Ironton, MN 56455, or www.dnr.mn.us.