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Camping & Mountain Bike Trip Check List

Benjamin Franklin must of been an avid camper and mountain biker based on his famous quote "By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail." Being prepared for your trip to the Cuyuna Lakes Recreation Area will give you more time to enjoy its beautiful crystal clear mine lakes and world class mountain bike trails. We've compiled a check list to get your prepared for your trip.

If you forget some mountain bike gear, Cuyuna has two well equipped bike and gear shops. Both Red Raven and Cycle Path & Paddle are located about 1/2 mile from True North Basecamp. Here's a link to their contact information.


  • Tent, poles, stakes

  • Tent footprint (ground cover for under your tent)

  • Extra tarp or canopy

  • Sleeping bag for each camper

  • Sleeping pad for each camper

  • Repair kit for pads, mattress, tent, tarp

  • Pillows

  • Extra blankets

  • Chairs

  • Headlamps or flashlights (extra batteries)

  • Lantern

  • Lantern fuel or batteries


  • Stove

  • Fuel for stove

  • Matches or lighter

  • Firewood

  • Frying pan

  • Pot

  • French press or portable coffee maker

  • Corkscrew

  • Tablecloth

  • Roasting sticks for marshmallows, hot dogs

  • Food-storage containers, bags

  • Trash bags

  • Cooler

  • Ice

  • Water bottles

  • Plates, bowls, forks, spoons, knives

  • Cups, mugs

  • Paring knife, spatula, cooking spoon

  • Cutting board

  • Foil

  • Biodegradable soap

  • Sponge, dishcloth, dishtowel

  • Paper towels

  • Extra bin for washing dishes


  • Clothes for daytime

  • Sleepwear

  • Swimsuits

  • Rainwear

  • Shoes: hiking/walking shoes, easy-on shoes, water shoes

  • Extra layers for warmth

  • Gloves

  • Hats


  • Sunscreen

  • Insect repellent

  • First-aid kit

  • Prescription medications

  • Toothbrush, toiletries

  • Soap

  • Lip balm


  • Bike

  • Helmet

  • Spare tubes (Two)

  • Patch kit

  • Tire pump

  • Multi-tool

Tire lever

  • Shock pump

  • Chain lube

  • Derailleur hanger Master link

  • Spare spoke with nipple

  • Tool roll or pouch


  • Camera

  • Campsite reservation confirmation, phone number 218-833-2267

  • Maps, area information

  • Toys

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