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Unique Shopping

Enjoy a variety of atmospheres when shopping year-round in the Lakes area. Quaint Shops and a variety of antique stores can be found in nearby towns of Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, and Walker.

Wolf Moon Kennel Dog Sledding

Ever wonder what a dog sled ride would be like? Call 218-833-2585 to schedule rides.  

Pine River Riding Stable

Sunset ride with a break for a hot dog roast. Open year-round. 218-587-5807

Beaver Dam Ballooning

Hot air balloon flights originating throughout the Brainerd Lakes Area. View the lakes area with the most memorable experience available. 218-838-6191

Northland Arboretum

500 acres of plants and wildlife, 12 miles of hiking and lighted x-country ski trails, environmental education, outdoor events, and garden areas. 218-829-8770

Paul Bunyan Trail

The 110 mile long multiple use trail winds around the shores of 21 lakes and over 9 rivers and streams. Most of the route snakes through gentle rolling landscape covered in stately forest. 218-829-5278

Pillsbury State Forest

The 14,780 acres of the state forest consist of small ponds and lakes, wooded and open spaces, and 27 miles of trails. Activities include swimming, fishing, nature trails, picnic sites, canoe access sites, horse trails, hiking, cross country skiing, and snowmobiling. Located south of Nisswa 9 miles on CR 77 to Beauty Lake Road.

Brainerd International Raceway

Minnesota’s premiere motor sports facility, featuring world-class drag racing and other motor sports, including the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals. For more information visit or call 866-444-4455 or 218-824-7220.

Ski Gull

One triple chair lift, rope tow, and 14 runs for all levels of adventurers. Snowmaking equipment and lighted slopes for your nighttime enjoyment. Ski and sled rental completes the package with special events scheduled throughout the season. 218-963-4353


With about 450 lakes within a thirty mile radius, this is the heart of angling opportunities. Year-round fishing, ice fishing in the winter, guided tours on the lakes and many different fishing tournaments.

Recreational Rentals

Trailblazer Bikes Nisswa

Full service bicycle shop. Located on the Paul Bunyan Trail. Sales, rentals, repairs, accessories and clothing. 218-963-0699

Lake Fun Rentals

Want to enjoy new equipment without trailering or payments? Rent on Gull Lake. Jet Skis, Pontoons, Pleasure or Fishing Boats. 218-961-0000

Area Events