This rugged, hilly and forested land dotted with numerous lakes offer a stunning landscape of biking, kayaking and swimming. The deep lakes were created by miners between 1900-1950s as they dug deep down looking for iron ore.
By the 1980s this area was abandoned by the miners, but nature began to reclaim it. Mountain bikers and other recreationists saw the potential for turning it into a park. Today Cuyuna Country is a mountain biking mecca, drawing people from across the state and nation with 25 miles of singletrack trails. The 9-mile, paved Cuyuna Lakes State Trail traverses the area as well. And it has some of the best scuba diving in the state with its deep, clear lakes.