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Glamping at Cuyuna Cove – Crosby, MN 

Glamping at Cuyuna Cove – Crosby, MN 

Cuyuna Cove Canvas Tenting

Your Cuyuna glamping getaway is waiting for you at Cuyuna Cove! They offer a unique canvas tent experience that allows you to enjoy fresh air, forest views, and many of the comforts of home. And best of all—the glamping tents at Cuyuna Cove are ride in/ride out to the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area, making for quick access to the mountain bike trails and Yawkey Mine Lake. (Bonus! Your reservation includes the use of Cuyuna Cove’s inflatable paddleboards).

The spacious canvas tents (YawkeyMilford, and Mahnomen) at Cuyuna Cove sleep two adults. Each includes one memory foam queen mattress and sheets (bring your own blanket). The Portage and Rabbit canvas glamping tents can sleep two adults and two kids (over age 2) and include one queen bed and two foldable cots. While pets aren’t allowed in the cabin tents, you may bring your well-behaved 50lb dog to stay with you in Cuyuna Cove’s trailside cabins (for an additional fee).

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Dream House Outdoor Waterproof Cotton Canvas Family Camping Bell Tent

Just outside your canvas tent accommodation is a private fire pit that includes an over-the-fire grate for cooking and camp chairs for relaxing around the fire. During your stay, make sure to check out Cuyuna Cove’s outdoor Redwood sauna—the perfect way to relax and find relief from sore muscles after your red dirt or deep blue lake adventures.

Bathrooms—there are no vault toilets here! Cuyuna Cove’s glamping experience includes a spa-like indoor/outdoor shower house complete with all the essentials: shampoo, conditioner, and soft towels. And don’t worry about the mosquitos being too bad, either—Cuyuna Cove sprays for them a few times during the summer.

Additional glamping amenities include:

  • A large fan
  • A heated blanket and small space heater for chilly nights
  • A French press and organic coffee
  • USB outlets
  • A wine opener
  • A noise machine to lull you off to sleep
  • Board games
  • WiFi

Bike storage is available in your tent—the property has a bike wash station you can use, too.

Canvas glamping tents are available now through October. If you prefer a more climate-controlled environment with four walls, Cuyuna Cove’s cabins might be the Cuyuna camping experience for you. (Cabins are available year-round.)

Cuyuna Cove

22642 N, MN-6,

Crosby, MN 


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True North Basecamp: Cuyuna Lakes & Trails Connected Lodging – Crosby, MN

True North Basecamp: Cuyuna Lakes & Trails Connected Lodging – Crosby, MN

Cuyuna Lakes & Trails

True North Basecamp property is directly connected to the world-class Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Trails. True North Basecamp is the hub for all your Cuyuna trail and lake activities. Each campsite, cabin tent, and the cabin is equipped with a fire pit, a cooking grate, and a picnic table. Located close to Main Street Crosby and its dining options and gear outfitting options. Mountain bikes, paddleboards, and snowshoes can be rented locally and make it easy to participate in your favorite adventure.


Aerial shot of True North Basecamp! Our lakefront cabins offer the features to make you feel at home in Cuyuna.

Photo: DJM

If you like outdoor adventure surrounded by natural beauty, Cuyuna is your kind of place.



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Camping In Cuyuna

Necessity Is The Mother Of Invention

True North Basecamp is rooted in family. We had our Eureka moment in September 2013, when friends Jeff Bajek and Dan Jurek were camping, biking, and adventuring in Cuyuna with their sons Jack and Aiden. Their first night was dank, rainy, and frighteningly cold. It took a little of the wind out of their sails.

Jeff Bajek Riding Bike

Jeff Bajek

Mom Always Knows Best

We’re not sure who said it first (we’ll leave it to Jeff and Dan to fight it out), but one of them said: “there must be a better way.” Not long after that cold and muddy trip, Jeff and Dan began their hunt. They were looking for the perfect space to build bespoke lodging in the Cuyuna region. A few months later, they found forty acres of wild, picturesque land connected to the trail system and the sparkling mine lakes. Thus, True North Basecamp was born.

Dan Jurek Cabin side True North Basecamps Minnesota

​Dan Jurek

Jeff Rode A Schwinn & A Huffy

It’s a wonder they get along.  Dan was an early adopter of the soft tail, and in his younger years, you could (try) to catch him riding a Huffy Mono-Shock around the streets of Coon Rapids, MN.

Jeff, on the other hand, spent his younger years cruising around Hayward, Wisconsin on a Schwinn Predator back in the day.  It’s safe to say we cast no judgments on your bike choices – but if you do bump into the two friends during your visit, pick your bike battles wisely.

825 1st Street SW
Crosby, MN

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Cuyuna Cove: Custom Designed Boutique Lodging – Crosby, MN

Cuyuna Cove: Custom Designed Boutique Lodging – Crosby, MN


Cuyuna Cove’s story is all about love, big dreams and perseverance. Founders Christopher and Kelsey grew up in central MN where they attended High School together. They graduated and went their separate ways, both moving across the nation to different states. After returning to Minneapolis at similar times, they reconnected and shared a strong passion for travel, hospitality, design and outdoor adventure.

Cuyuna Cove was born from a desire to combine custom design, travel inspiration and outdoor experiences. Utilizing their professional experience and over 7 years of renovating, designing and running Airbnb rentals, they made the leap, bought the land and got to work building Cuyuna Cove. “We both strongly believe in the importance of being outside in nature and what it can do for both your mind and your spirit and overall health. We built Cuyuna Cove so we could share the beauty, endless outdoor adventures and the unique history Cuyuna has to offer with others. This place is incredibly special and unique.”



The Cuyuna iron range was discovered by Cuyler Adams, a surveyor who discovered traces of magnetic ore in 1895 while doing land surveys. The word “Cuyuna” was coined by Adams’ wife, who combined the first three letters of Cuyler’s name with “Una”, the name of their dog. In 1903 Adams formed the Orelands Mining Co.

Christopher and Kelsey live in Crosby, MN with their two dogs and when they’re not at Cuyuna Cove you’ll most likely find them outside paddle boarding the mine lakes, biking the trails, hiking with the dogs and enjoying all that Historic Main Street in Crosby has to offer.



What once was a bustling iron ore mining area in Cuyuna, MN shut down in 1984. With endless red dirt land, sprawling forests and empty mine pits, Cuyuna was ready for change. That change came when mountain bikers, volunteers and locals worked together to push for trails to be carved into the abandoned landscape. Over the past 10 years Cuyuna has become one of the top outdoor adventure destinations with people visiting from across the globe. The land now boasts 30 miles (and counting) of renowned single track Mountain Bike trails, over 40 miles of paved trails and over 15 crystal clear, turquoise mine lakes perfect for paddle boarding and kayaking.


Christopher and Kelsey envisioned @cuyunacove as a boutique “glamping” hotel in northern Minnesota with 30 miles of red dirt, single track, Mountain Bike trails, 15 pristine mine lakes to paddle/canoe/kayak and a bustling Historic Main Street to explore. At Dogwood, we’re delighted to partner with their vision and deliver fresh coffee beans to get your northern Minnesota mornings kicked off on the very best glamping note!

Sooo this happened…guys, we’re in the Star Tribune!!
We definitely have some tears welling up in our eyes this morning drinking our coffee and finding out the article was posted a couple days ago.

Kelly Smith called me a couple weeks ago and asked if she could interview us (she had recently stayed in one of our cabins). Of course we said YES!

Oh, what a crazy couple years it has been. We’re grateful for every single one of our incredible guests, thank you for your words of encouragement during the build and covid this Spring…we needed it to keep going. Thin, stressed and worried we’d go under before we even opened our doors…it turned out to be quite the opposite.

Hope and the Minnesota community really came through for this small business. We love you all and thank you!! Have a beautiful Sunday.

Built for the Modern Outdoor Enthusiast. Custom Designed Boutique Cabins and Glamping tents located on 3 wooded acres in the city of Crosby MN with direct access to Cuyuna State Recreation Area and Historic Downtown Crosby, MN.

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