Welcome to Ironton, MN

Ironton, Minnesota is a small town full of mining history and fun-filled attractions for families or the outdoor enthusiast. Walking, biking/mountain biking, hiking, fishing, kayaking, canoeing, snow shoeing, and fat-tire biking are a of few of the ways to explore the historic iron-ore mining community.

The City of Ironton, Minnesota is in the midst of the Cuyuna Iron Range and was established in 1911. The rich history of mining manganese-rich iron ore is what the town was built on when immigrants from northern and southern Europe settled in the area looking for jobs in the mines. With the closing of mining operations in the area around the 1980’s, the community has since enjoyed the beautiful scenery that now is part of the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area.

In a land full of lakes, the community has something extra special, being surrounded by mine lakes (former mine pits) that now make some of the most beautiful bodies of water around. They are a great attraction for swimmers and divers with crystal blue water and depths that are untouched since the old mining days. These lakes are also great for kayakers to paddle along the shores where you can catch glimpses of abandoned mining equipment, rail tracks, old buildings, and more. There are also some interesting finds that are visible in 10’-30’ of water while kayaking, canoeing, or boating so keep your eyes peeled! These mine lakes also are home to northerns, walleyes, bass, crappies, and sunfish, so be sure to grab your fishing pole. Many of the mines are stocked with trout each year, so don’t forget your trout stamp! The rugged country side also has created a perfect landscape for the Cuyuna Mountain Bike Trails which consists of more than 28 miles of single track red dirt trails with plans to expand over the next few years. These trails range from beginner to pro, so there is something for all stages of riders. If pavement is more your style, then the Cuyuna Lakes State Trail is wonderful for walking, running, or biking in one of the most peaceful settings around. Ironton is a great place to gain access to these attractions with the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area right on the back doorstep.

Population of Ironton

  • 572 people (according to 2010 Census)

School District

  • Crosby-Ironton School District (#182)