George H Crosby - Manitou State Park

Finland, Minnesota 55603

George H Crosby - Manitou State Park

George H. Crosby - Manitou State Park Professional Review and Guide

"A rugged state park, leading hikers and backpackers to remote trails alongside Manitou River. Crosby-Manitou is one of the most remote and rugged state parks along the North Shore. The park first came into existence when George Crosby, a mining entrepreneur, donated the land with the stipulation that it remain a truly wild place, offering only backpack camping within its boundaries.

Following his wishes, today there are twenty-one campsites, most of which are along the rugged river, though several are on the more accessible shores of Benson Lake. The trails leading to the river sites are the most traveled, the most rugged, and the most scenic. The easiest trail is the short loop around Benson Lake where you can also find a picnic table. Special attractions: The cascades of Manitou River, northern hardwood old-growth forest."

George H. Crosby - Manitou State Park Reviews

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Beautiful area and remote-feel. River is mostly of interest to trout anglers in summer. Campsites on river take some effort to hike to - this is backpack-style, not car camping. Campsites are spaced far enough apart and remote enough that you won't likely hear those near you.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
150 feet
Elevation Gain
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Skill Level
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, 800-652-9747
Local Contacts
State park trail map; USGS quad: Little Marais.
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Jul 2018