Stay at our hotels and indoor water parks and explore Minnesota’s premier winter destination.

Do Winter Differently.

Brainerd, Baxter, and the Brainerd Lakes Area truly are Minnesota’s winter playground. This year-round Minnesota family destination offers a wide variety of winter activities for everyone. Visitors enjoy activities like snowmobiling, skiing, tubing, winter mountain biking, and arts and cultural activities just to name a few. The Brainerd Lakes Area is also home to events like the largest Ice fishing contest in the world, The Winter Jubilee, Winter Fest, Frozen Fore Winter Weekend, Cuyuna Whiteout, and more. These events and activities are the reason that the Brainerd Lakes Area is a world class Minnesota vacation destination even during the cold of winter.

Even when the weather turns, the area has much to offer your family or group including three of Minnesota’s best indoor water parks. The Paul Bunyan Water Park, Three Bear Water Park, and the Rapid River Lodge serve up great memories every year to thousands of visitors. Enjoy a variety of tube and body slides, lazy rivers, splash pools, indoor/outdoor hot tubs, arcades, and even snack bars that offer choices for both kids and adults. Want to warm-up somewhere other than a water park? Several hotel properties have indoor pools and hot tubs to help you melt away the cold.

Stay with our Brainerd/Baxter Hotels & Waterparks for centralized access to all that the Brainerd Lakes area has to offer, all of the comforts and conveniences that your family or group deserve, and special and discounts at local businesses.




Brainerd Minnesota has long been a fishing destination and the winter months are no exception. With over four hundred lakes and rivers within twenty five miles you are sure to find the species and ice fishing experience you are looking for. We have lakes that offer Trout, Walleye, Northern Pike, Panfish, Bass, and more.  Explore one of our small quiet lakes for big pike and Panfish or chase Mr. Walleye on Round Lake, North Long Lake, or Gull Lake just to name a few.

Want a story to tell friends for a lifetime then you need to join over 10,000 people on the ice at the at the $150,000 Ice fishing Extravaganza, the world’s largest ice fishing contest held on Gull Lake. This is one experience that you and your group will never forget.

Even if you do not have your own equipment, fish house rentals are available with all of the gear and bait you need for a great winter Minnesota Fishing getaway. Or if you prefer, there are many great local fishing guides available to take you and your group out to the ice and put you on fish. You can even take a break from the fishing action and enjoy lakeside dining on Gull Lake.

Be sure to keep an eye on our Brainerd fishing reports. That way you will know when the fish are biting so you can head our way to experience a great Minnesota fishing getaway, Brainerd Style!

When you visit Brainerd be sure to stay at one of our Brainerd hotels, Baxter hotels, or Brainerd/Baxter water parks which give you centralized access to everything that the Brainerd Lakes area has to offer, all the comforts and conveniences that you deserve, and a special discount on half day or full day guided fishing trips from our partners Leisure Outdoor Adventures and S & W Guide Service.