Get on the water at these Brainerd and Baxter, MN, Public Beaches

On a sunny day, the beaches in Brainerd and Baxter are full of life. Families having picnics, dogs running,  and children playing in the sand and water. 

Baxter, MN – Along with a popular beach access, Whipple Beach Recreational Area offers many outdoor features. During your beach day enjoy a fishing pier, picnic pavilion and tables, a playground, outside showers, public restrooms, sidewalks, and trails. Whipple Beach is located on Oakwood Drive N. in Baxter.  

Brainerd, MN – Lum Park RV and Recreational Park is the other public beach in town and includes bicycle and walking trails, picnic shelters, a disc golf course, fishing pier, and large park with plenty of green space and excellent amenities. Kayak rentals are also available at the beach. Lum Park is located on Rice Lake off 210 East.

Other beaches not far from Brainerd/Baxter include:

Pelican Lake Public Beach is located on County Road 118 off Highway 25 North of Brainerd, in Merrifield. This beach  has a public restroom, changing rooms, and picnic tables and is about a 20-30 minute drive from Brainerd.

Crosby Memorial Park Beach and Playground is located just off Main Street in Crosby.  This beach has public restrooms, beachfront, skateboard park, baseball field, basketball court, pavilion, band shell and Serpent Lake boat access. The park is also home to Kanabec, a giant, colorful, serpent statue that was installed in 1977, a unique addition to the park. This beach is about a 15-20 minute drive from Brainerd.

Pillager Lake Park is located on Highway 1 going North of State Highway 210. The park features a swimming area, fishing pier, picnic tables, benches, and playground equipment. Pillager Lake Park is a wonderful place for families to gather for a picnic, swim, or to fish. This beach is about 15-20 minute drive from Baxter.

In central Minnesota’s popular lakes area, the Crosslake Recreation Area is best known for its picturesque sunsets and beautiful beaches. Two onsite beaches are convenient for swimming and sunbathing. The recreation area provides plenty of water-based entertainments like boating, canoeing, kayaking, water skiing and fishing. Located adjacent to the city of Crosslake and just a short walk from shopping and a paved bike trail.  

Located on County Road 3 in Crosslake is the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Dam and Recreational Park. This park offers a shaded picnic area, grills, shelter, and public restrooms. Swimming areas, a playground, canoe launch and boat launch also make this park a fun place to visit. 

The beach is the place to be during Summer in the Brainerd Lakes Area! For more information on other watersports and things to do in the area visit our Boating and Water sports guide.