Explore the Brainerd Lakes for Recreational Fun

Explore the Brainerd Lakes for Recreational Fun

Nestled in the center of Minnesota, the Brainerd Lakes is easy to get to but hard to leave. From abundant nature to rustic and world-class amenities, we have something for everyone. And while most people know us as a summer and lake destination, we’re so much more. Winter brings a stillness that makes it easy to escape the noise. Here, you can unwind. Whatever activities you choose, you’ll find its perfect for families and social distancing.

Cross country ski, snowmobile, or snowshoe miles of trails around the region. Tube or downhill ski at Mount Ski Gull. Reel in a record walleye ice fishing one of our many lakes. Cozy up to a fire at your cabin. Zip down a waterslide at one of our indoor waterparks. Relax at a day spa. Shop local downtown small businesses for one-of-a-kind finds.

Embrace the winter season and enjoy all its beauty in the Brainerd Lakes!

Arts, Culture & Music

Experience Big City Vibes with Small Town Culture

Biking

Visit Minnesota’s Top Biking Destination

Family Attractions

Creating Family Memories for over 90 years

Fishing & Hunting

Big Stories Are the Catch of the Day

Food & Drinks

Make Your Tastebuds Sing

Golfing

A Golf Destination You Won’t FORE Get

Lakes & Water

Discover Why We’re the Land of 10,000 Lakes

Lodging & Camping

We’ll Have You Sleeping Like a Baby

Racing

Calling all Race Fans: Get Revved Up

Shopping

Find the Unexpected

Spas & Relaxation

A Little R&R Has Never Been Easier to Reach…

The Outdoors

Get Lost So Your To-Do Lists Can’t Find You

Arts, Culture & Music

Experience Big City Vibes with Small Town Culture

Biking

Visit Minnesota’s Top Biking Destination

Family Attractions

Creating Family Memories for over 90 years

Fishing & Hunting

Big Stories Are the Catch of the Day

Food & Drinks

Make Your Tastebuds Sing

Golfing

A Golf Destination You Won’t FORE Get

Lakes & Water

Discover Why We’re the Land of 10,000 Lakes

Lodging & Camping

We’ll Have You Sleeping Like a Baby

Racing

Calling all Race Fans: Get Revved Up

Shopping

Find the Unexpected

Spas & Relaxation

A Little R&R Has Never Been Easier to Reach…

The Outdoors

Get Lost So Your To-Do Lists Can’t Find You

Arts, Culture & Music

Experience Big City Vibes with Small Town Culture

Biking

Visit Minnesota’s Top Biking Destination

Family Attractions

Creating Family Memories for over 90 years

Fishing & Hunting

Big Stories Are the Catch of the Day

Food & Drinks

Make Your Tastebuds Sing

Golfing

A Golf Destination You Won’t FORE Get

Lakes & Water

Discover Why We’re the Land of 10,000 Lakes

Lodging & Camping

We’ll Have You Sleeping Like a Baby

Racing

Calling all Race Fans: Get Revved Up

Shopping

Find the Unexpected

Spas & Relaxation

A Little R&R Has Never Been Easier to Reach…

The Outdoors

Get Lost So Your To-Do Lists Can’t Find You

Your Guide to the Brainerd Lakes

Explore Brainerd Lakes like a local and find all the area hot spots. Discover our resorts, dining, recreation, and things to do. This guide will help you make the most of your vacation.

Your Guide to the Brainerd Lakes

Explore Brainerd Lakes like a local and find all the area hot spots. Discover our resorts, dining, recreation, and things to do. This guide will help you make the most of your vacation.

Your Guide to the Brainerd Lakes

Explore Brainerd Lakes like a local and find all the area hot spots. Discover our resorts, dining, recreation, and things to do. This guide will help you make the most of your vacation.

From the Explore Brainerd Lakes Blog
February 17, 2021

February Birding Update by Judd Brink, Owner and Guide of MN Backyard Birds

February | Brainerd Lakes Area, Minnesota It’s been mostly a mild winter around the Brainerd Lakes area compared to previous winters. This might be the warmest winter on record! I live near the Mississippi River, and it has not froze over as in previous years. The amount of open water has kept a few birds around […]
January 12, 2021

January Ice Update and Fishing Report from Walleyedan

January | Brainerd Lakes Area, Minnesota This mild January weather has made for some comfortable ice fishing. Things will change eventually, but the ice has not been growing very fast! Some lakes have 12 inches and others just 7 inches. Be careful and don’t assume one lake has as much […]
January 6, 2021

Top 5 Ways to Get Outdoors this Winter

The weather has been beautiful for enjoying the great outdoors and embracing the season. The Brainerd Lakes Area offers so much to do in the winter season. Fat Tire Biking in Cuyuna Lakes Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area is a bucket list destination for mountain bikers and for good reason. […]
February 17, 2021

February Birding Update by Judd Brink, Owner and Guide of MN Backyard Birds

February | Brainerd Lakes Area, Minnesota It’s been mostly a mild winter around the Brainerd Lakes area compared to previous winters. This might be the warmest winter on record! I live near the Mississippi River, and it has not froze over as in previous years. The amount of open water has kept a few birds around […]
Events in the Brainerd Lakes

No matter when you decide to visit, you’ll likely find an event happening in the area. Make these popular events a family tradition.

Events in the Brainerd Lakes

No matter when you decide to visit, you’ll likely find an event happening in the area. Make these popular events a family tradition.

Events in the Brainerd Lakes

No matter when you decide to visit, you’ll likely find an event happening in the area. Make these popular events a family tradition.

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