Long Lake is the flagship of the Aitkin County Park System
Long Lake is Aitkin County owned and managed by the Aitkin County Land Department. As an enterprise within the Aitkin County Land Department, we are surrounded with resources and provide resources back to our community. Long Lake Conservation Center is open to the public with miles of hiking trails, groomed cross country ski trails, bog board walks, and multiple ecosystems to explore. Plus, we host monthly workshops for our community to connect with nature and discover new skills and knowledge. Located in the heart of Aitkin County between McGregor and Aitkin, McGrath and Jacobsen; Long Lake is truly a place to recreate, explore, continuously learn, and appreciate nature.
Explore & Recreate at Long Lake CC
Our hiking and ski trails remain open and accessible as part of the Aitkin County Parks System.
For trail conditions, contact the Aitkin County Land Department at (218) 927-7364
Hiking and Skiing/Parks
Spend your day at Long Lake by exploring on our hiking trails! Long Lake maintains 3 different hiking trails, audio tours for these trails are also available! These trails are easy to moderate in difficulty, ranging from 1.5 miles to 3 miles.
Leave No Trace: While you are at Long Lake Conservation Center, we ask that everything
that you bring with you does not get left in Nature. Take memories and leave nothing but footprints.
Long Lake Conservation Center is a huge natural resource for everyone and is a part of the Aitkin County Parks and Trails System with a total of 760 acres to explore. Families and individuals are welcome to come explore, whether you have a weekend cabin nearby or live in the area it is a perfect area to explore whether you are a novice or an expert.
Park/Trail Hours: Dawn to Dusk
Vehicle permits are NOT required
Pets are welcome but must be leashed
MN DNR Ski pass IS REQUIRED for XC Skiing
Learn more about the park via the Aitkin County Land Department
Bring your own skis or rent a pair from Long Lake and then hit the Aitkin County Ski Trail which is a nice easy 5K trail. This ski trail at Long Lake does require a MN DNR ski pass, these can be purchased through
NEW fall of 2020!
Long Lake naturalists created Audio Tours of the popular hiking trails. Visitors can easily download an audio tour onto their phone and listen to their naturalist guide while they hike!