What once were massive iron ore mining pits in the early 1900s shut when mining came to a halt. With time, large trees and plants grew in these old red dirt pits. Now, spring fed and incredibly deep, the pits are shockingly beautiful lakes. The lakes are endless, sprawling miles through the entire Cuyuna State Recreation area. They are often void of people and you can find yourself in secluded paradise, gliding along the crystal clear, turquoise shoreline. Whether you bring your own paddle board or kayak or rent from us or one of the shops in town (kayak rentals coming Spring 2021) it’s incredibly easy to access the lakes and enjoy hours of paddling bliss.