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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. […]
December 8, 2020

Update from Walleye Dan’s Guide Service

December 5: I’m sitting in my vehicle on the boat ramp at the Quarterdeck Resort watching waterfowl get pushed around by eagles in some of the last of the open water in the area. The main lake of Gull is one of the last to freeze up, and I’d say […]
December 8, 2020

2021 Brainerd Jaycees $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza

Brainerd Jaycess Ice Fishing Extravaganza goes virtual in 2021 The 2021 Brainerd Ice Fishing Extravaganza will be virtual this year because of the ongoing pandemic. Anglers can fish on any lake in Minnesota during the normal contest date and time (January 30, 2021, from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.). All […]
November 4, 2020

Brainerd Waterparks offer indoor liquid fun as temps drop

Waterparks! With the Thanksgiving holiday fast-approaching, you may be thinking of changing up your family traditions. Spend the holiday at one of our lodging properties. We have three hotels with indoor waterparks. You’ll find waterslides that zig and zag, looping lazy rivers, relaxing hot tubs, and exciting water jungle gyms […]
September 29, 2020

12 Reasons to Love Fall in the Brainerd Lakes

Historic Pequot Lakes Fire Tower If you’re looking for breathtaking view of the fall foliage, check out the historic fire tower in Pequot Lakes. Recently renovated, the fire tower is now part of a county park. Have a picnic in the pavilion and walk the hiking trails around the tower […]
September 25, 2020

Migration Mysteries

Bird migration has been studied and observed for thousands of years but still remains a mystery to scientists and researchers. How does a bird that weighs less than a 16 ounce glass of water fly nonstop, cover thousands of miles, and survive the ultimate challenge of endurance and expenditure of energy?  […]
September 9, 2020

Fall Fishing Report by Walleyedan

Don’t pack the boat away just yet! While many people get fish fever around the spring walleye opener, great fishing can be found through the fall—with the colorful leaves as your backdrop. We asked fishing expert and local guide Walleyedan for some fall fishing tips on how to find and […]