Crosby, Minnesota, is a city rich in history, abundant in resources and blessed with natural beauty. From 1910 to the early 1980s, the lifeblood of the Cuyuna Range flowed red with iron ore. And the heart of the Cuyuna Range was, and is, Crosby. Today, the mines have closed and are filled with crystal-clear water, and the hills of overburden are covered in poplar and spruce.
With so much beauty and all the things to do in Crosby, remodeling is a much better option to stay in a place you adore and love.
On the eastern edge of the Brainerd Lakes Area, the Cuyuna Range neighborhood which contains Crosby has stepped out of the shadows of the mining companies and recreated itself as a mountain biking destination. This is home to the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area, which hosts 25 miles of the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Biking Trails and the 6-mile paved Cuyuna Lakes State Trail. The mountain biking trails, which wind around mine pit lakes and rock deposits, proved immensely popular during the 2011 inaugural season. Trails are available for riders of all ages and skill levels.
The beauty of the Crosby area is no longer a well-kept secret. With the establishment of biking systems and the popularity of scuba diving in the clear waters of the mine pit lakes, the region is attracting visitors from throughout the Midwest. Because of the incredible clarity in the water-filled mine pits, scuba divers enjoy exploring these lakes – more than 20 in all with depths up to 500 feet.
These lakes also offer great trout fishing. This area also boasts the second-largest lake in all of Minnesota – Lake Mille Lacs, a great walleye, smallmouth bass and muskie fishery. Fishing opportunities abound year-round on Mille Lacs Lake – check out the many fishing launches during the summer months and ice house rentals during the winter months.
Don’t overlook shopping nearby communities, especially antique shopping in Crosby, considered the Antique Capital of the Lakes Area, which attract repeat business by residents throughout the entire year!