THE TOP TEN REASONS TO VISIT BRAINERD, MINNESOTA
We like to think that Brainerd, Minnesota and the Brainerd
Lakes Area are as close to heaven as there is on planet
earth. Whether it be shopping, boating and fishing,
snowmobiling or just relaxing in the beauty of forests,
lakes and clear skies, we have it all. Following are
ten reasons to visit us, kick back and absorb all that
paradise has to offer. This list is in no particular
10. Great shopping: The Brainerd Lakes Area sports
wonderful opportunities from the numerous antique shops
of Crosby to the unique gift shops in Nisswa and Pequot
Lakes, to top notch clothing stores in Crosslake, or
the many opportunities in Brainerd/Baxter. And be sure
to stop at Moreys for some of the best smoked
fish you will ever eat.
9. First class restaurants: We have some of the best
restaurants that Minnesota has to offer. Whether you
enjoy authentic Mexican cuisine, smoked foods, Asian
cooking, progressive and innovative dishes or more traditional
meals, you will find it here. Many of our local chefs
are highly acclaimed and ready to please you.
8. Outdoor recreation: In-line skating, hiking, cross
country skiing all await you in the Brainerd Lakes Area.
The Paul Bunyan Trail begins in Brainerd/Baxter and
runs all the way to Bemidji. At this point over 80 miles
are paved. There is also a gorgeous paved trail which
winds around the Cuyuna Range mine lakes. There are
also many official non-paved trails for ATVs,
mountain bikes and snowmobiles. We also have our yearly
ice fishing contest on Gull Lake which draws well over
10,000 participants. Finally, other than Lake Superior
the mine pit lakes offer the best opportunities for
scuba diving in Minnesota.
7. Fantastic resorts, hotels and motels: There are many
world class luxury resorts and hotels in the Brainerd
Lakes Area, with complete service ranging from meeting
rooms, great food, fishing to beautiful golf courses.
But dont forget the Brainerd areas wonderful
bed and breakfasts. There are also many smaller resorts
with rustic cabins and cottages. And dont forget
those campgrounds. There are private, state and federal
campgrounds that are fabulous. They fill up fast so
book your reservation early.
6. Winter activities: We may have cold winters but it
does not deter the hardy. Once the ice has cured on
the area lakes, small villages of fish houses pop up.
Many people prefer ice fishing and equip their fish
houses with everything from grills, heaters, sofas to
tvs. The only limitation is ones imagination.
Be sure to see the yearly fish house parade in Aitkin
each late November. And how about you snowmobilers?
Crow Wing County and the Brainerd area have well over
100 miles of designated trails. Get your permits and
break out your gear and sleds. Our trails and lakes
are waiting for you. But whichever activity you chose,
practice safety first and use good judgment.
5. Lakes in the Brainerd area: Did you know that there
are over 400 lakes in the Brainerd Lakes Country? This
is simply a fishermans dream waiting for your
visit. Whether you seek panfish, great walleye action,
bass, northerns or muskies this is the place to wet
your line. Lake Mille Lacs is a veritable walleye factory.
Also remember Minnesotas newest lakes, the old
open pit mines on the Cuyuna Range. They are well stocked
with trout and afford wonderful fishing. And dont
forget the Mississippi River winds its way through this
area. You are apt to find most any species foraging
for the next meal. So hang your bare feet off the deck
and in to the water and test your luck.
4. World class racing: Brainerd International Raceway
is located on Highway 371 just north of Brainerd/Baxter.
It is well known nationally for drag racing and is NHRA
sanctioned. But it is multipurpose and has much more
to offer including accommodations, camping, restaurant
and many other types of racing. Give those kids a thrill
and take them out to the race track. One visit and they
will be hooked.
3. History: The Brainerd Lakes Area abounds with history.
Visit Crow Wing State Park at the confluence of the
Crow Wing and Mississippi Rivers. What a view from the
historic Chippewa Lookout, rich in history from our
first inhabitants of this area. You can still find the
famous woods trail which served ox cart traffic for
transporting supplies between St. Paul and settlements
in the Red River of the North area.
Also, check out the historic water tower at 6th and
Washington in downtown Brainerd. Did you know that it
was the first all concrete tank tower in the country?
There are also dozens of other sites listed on the National
Register of Historic Places.
Are you aware that the Cuyuna Iron Range by Crosby/Ironton
produced more than 106 million tons of iron ore between
1904 and 1984? The Cuyuna Range also had Minnesotas
worst mine disaster. On February 5, 1924 while blasting
another underground shaft at the Milford Mine near Foleys
Pond, the walls gave way rapidly flooding the mine.
Forty one miners perished. If you do nothing else while
you visit this area, visit the Croft Mine Historical
Park on the north edge of Crosby. Take a tour of the
underground mine, see the one ton copper nugget in the
interpretive center and learn the history of mining
in Crow Wing County. Also, pay a visit to the Portsmouth
Mine Lake overlook and witness Minnesotas deepest
2. Intrinsic beauty: Crow Wing and neighboring counties
comprise quite simply one of Americas most beautiful
areas. Our fall leaf change burst forth with vibrant
yellows, golds and reds. Enjoy a bonfire on the beach
while watching shooting starts or the northern lights
dancing across clear, dark skies. Hear the call of the
loon or observe a bald eagle swoop down to grab a fish
and then perch in a large pine. Absorb the beauty of
sparkling clear blue waters shimmering in the breeze
or hike one of our many trails while searching for solitude
and possibly our state flower, the showy lady slipper
if you are lucky. Kick along a gravel road and find
a beautiful agate. Just northwest of Ironton is a man
made mountain from Iron Range spoils with a scenic overlook.
By all means add this to your to do list.
You can see a blue-green world for miles in all directions
and it is breathtaking.
1. Wonderful and friendly people: Everybody has heard
and knows about Minnesota nice. I have always thought
that this could be Minnesota nicer for the Brainerd
Lakes Area. The people here will embrace you and make
you feel welcome no matter where you are from. We will
share our experiences and hospitality. The welcome mat
is out so pay us a visit. We love this area and are
sure you will too.