The Cuyuna Lakes Area

The Cuyuna Lakes region of North Central Minnesota is largely comprised by the communities of Crosby, Ironton, Deerwood, Cuyuna, Riverton and Trommald. We draw pickleball players from the surrounding communities of Brainerd, Crosslake, Aitkin, Staples, Motley, Garrison, and beyond.

What was once an iron mining region of Minnesota has now evolved into a beautiful forested area with both natural and crystal clear mine lakes. It is now the home of the world famous Cuyuna Mountain Biking Trails within the 5200 acre Recreation Area bordering Crosby and Ironton.

In conjunction with the City of Ironton, Minnesota, the Cuyuna Lakes Pickleball Association (CLPA) built a new six court dedicated pickleball center constructed in 2022.

Our group of enthusiastic pickleballers played at the Crosby-Ironton High School tennis court since 2018. The growth of the sport necessitated we develop our own center to accommodate the increasing interest and participation in our region.

The new pickleball center is located just north of the Ironton Post Office and the FireShack Restaurant at the corner of 3rd St and Winona Ave in Ironton.

Winter Pickleball in Deerwood MN

Winter Pickleball at the Deerwood Auditorium: Jon Williams, Lisa Miller vs Nate Schultz & Bill Bunio. Seated: Tom Schneider, Brad Hanes, & Jeff Bordwell.

To participate in organized league play, you must be a member of the CLPA – JOIN NOW.

Use Playtime Scheduler to book yourself into a session at Deerwood or Hallett Center.

How to Use Playtime Scheduler

Currently we play:

  • Spring, Summer, Fall | Outdoors:

    • Ironton – CLPA Pickleball Center – League Play: Monday – Friday 8a – 12p

    • C-I High School Tennis Courts – Striped, bring your own nets.

  • Spring, Summer Fall | Indoors: Hallett Center, Crosby

    • March 1 – October 15 – All Day

    • Hallett Members play free – CLPA Members $5/session – All Other Walk-Ins $10 (Can use all other facilities, as well)

  • Winter | Deerwood Auditorium Scheduling Information Must be a CLPA member: Deerwood Auditorium

  • Winter | Get Pickled-Ball – next to the Trailside Restaurant in Crosby. This is open to the public, sign up on Playtime Scheduler.


Crosby MN Area Pickleball Project