Category: Winter Fun

Top 8 Cuyuna Winter Actitives

Cuyuna Is Snow Fun

Winter is here and the Cuyuna State Recreation Area is ideal for couples, families and adventure seekers who want to make the most of it.  There are few destinations that have all the best winter vacation activities like Cuyuna.  It’s made possible by the 5,000 acres of pristine protected wilderness and it’s only two hours from Minneapolis and St. Paul.

# 1 Fatbiking
What better way to explore the most beautiful trails around the Cuyuna Lakes during winter time than fatbiking? We tell you, if you’re a bike fan and want to have a peaceful and fun ride in the nature while spending a weekend away from the busy town, then winter fat biking is for you. And don’t worry if you don’t have a fatbike, there are great rentals at Cycle Path & Paddle.

# 2 Snow Shoeing
Undoubtedly a family winter adventure, show shoeing dates back from the times when indigenous North American people used to inhabit these parts of the world. Being more of a necessity to make it through great snow back then, today, snow shoeing is but a fun way to explore nature and enjoy the winter snow.  Rentals are available at Cycle Path & Paddle.

# 3 Hiking
Hiking during winter time is one of the most amazing things to do around with family and friends over the weekend. And given the fact we are located in the heart of the wilderness, get ready to connect to the incredible wildlife and scenery of the Cuyuna Range.  The Minnesota Department Of Resources provides hiking information here.

#4 Ice Fishing
Fishing does not have to stop just because it’s winter.  Winter fishing is a fun activity and you can easily defy the cold and outsmart the fish by working with a guide.  Local Guides can get you set up with the hot spots and latest ice fishing amenities.  Anglers Guide Service will provide everything you need for a memorable experience on the ice.

#5 Cross Country Skiing
Cross country skiing is ultimate cardio exercise and there are many opportunities near Cuyuna.  Larson Lake Ski Trail is the closest and there are several nearby.  Here’s a link to all your skiing options.

#6 Dining
Winter time asks for great meals somewhere cozy and comfortable. There is such a great variety of restaurants, bars, taverns and wine houses around to choose from! Coffee and Espresso at Mixed Company will kick start your day and North Country Café and Ya Betcha’s are great choices for lunch and dinner.  The Cuyuna Chamber of Commerce provides a complete list of dining options here.

#7 Snow Tubing
Primetime Restaurant,
Breezy Point, MN was originally a ski chalet in the 1960’s. Now it’s a great place for a day and evening of family fun.  Kids and adults will have an awesome  snow tubing adventure.  It offers pull ropes that helps you optimize the number of times down the hill.  It usually opens mid-December and best of all it’s only 22 miles from True North Basecamp.

#8 Relaxation
This being said, a day of winter adventure requires a comfortable place to sleep. We’re sure the cabin rentals at True North Basecamp will fit your needs perfectly.  All cabins include three twin and one full size bed. The winter season is near so you are most welcome to join us and have the time of your lives!  Let it snow, let it snow!  Book a cabin today!

Cool Cuyuna Day Trips

The Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area is the epicenter of year-round outdoor adventures. Its 5,000 acres of pristine landscape offers breath taking views of mine lakes, wildlife, hiking trails and the world famous Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike trails. It’s so amazing this gem is only two hours from the Minneapolis and St. Paul metro area.

The CTMZ offers many day-trips from your cabin rental at True North Basecamp, Crosby, MN.  Here’s a couple of our favorites:

The Selfie Trifecta

It’s 100% certain there is nowhere in the world where you can take selfies with a larger than life white tail deer, a serpent and walleye besides Cuyuna.  The big walleye is 18 miles from True North Basecamp in Garrison, MN on Mille Lacs Lake.  It’s said it took three days for Paul Bunyan to catch this fish.

Kahnah’ bek, the 20 foot high and 25 foot long serpent, is in the Crosby Memorial Park on Serpent Lake, Crosby, MN.  The big whitetail deer is a short 4 mile drive to Deerwood, MN.  Besides seeing these wondrous statues, the area near by offer interesting museums and local cafes and restaurants and shops.  Please post your photos and tag them #truenorthbasecamp.

Snow Tubing

Snow tubing 22 miles from

Primetime Restaurant, Breezy Point, MN was originally a ski chalet in the 1960’s. Now it’s a great place for a day and evening of family fun.  Kids and adults will have an awesome  snow tubing adventure.  It offers pull ropes that helps you optimize the number of times down the hill.  It usually opens mid-December and best of all it’s only 22 miles from True North Basecamp.

Stay tuned, more ideas posted soon!  Be sure to check out our winter cabin rental specials here.