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 winter mountain biking, snowmobiling, skiing, tubing, 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.

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ICE FISHING

OVER 460 LAKES AND RIVERS TO EXPLORE

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 yu 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.

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ICE SKATING

5 Parks to enjoy

A trip to the rink with your family is a great way to get outside and exercise while also having fun. These five local city parks offer outdoor ice skating to anyone willing to try. At this time, ice skate are not available to rent on site. However, Easy Riders does offer ice skate rental for your convenience. Condition of ice is weather dependent.
  • Mill Avenue – located at 1401 Mill Avenue, Brainerd, MN 56401
  • Gregory Park – located at 511 N 5th St, Brainerd, MN 56401
  • Bane Park – located at 1701-1799 S 7th St, Brainerd, MN 56401
  • Oscar Kristofferson Park – located at 5672 Baxter Lions Rd N, Baxter, MN 56425
  • Loren Thompson Park – located at 13015 Kingwood Dr S, Baxter, MN 56425

Brainerd Ice Rink Hours:

  • Monday-Friday 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday 12 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Baxter Ice Rink Hours:

  • Monday-Friday 3:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Starting hours will vary on the weekends.

SKIING & TUBING

Excellent Minnesota Downhill Skiing and Tubing

The Brainerd Minnesota lakes area has long been a summer destination for all ages due to it’s senic lakes and rivers and wide variety of activities. Once the temperature dips Brainerd also offers excellent Minnesota Downhill skiing, snow boarding, and some of Minnesota’s best tubing with one of the largest tubing hills in Minnesota at Mount Ski Gull located just a short drive north of Brainerd and Baxter.

This is in addition to the many other Minnesota winter activities available to visitors including Ice fishing, mountain biking, cross country skiing, indoor water parks, winter events, and winter festivals just to name a few. This combines to make the Brainerd Lakes Area an excellent choice for your family or groups Minnesota Skiing getaway.

Mount Ski Gull – Downhill Skiing, Tubing, & Snowboarding
Mount Ski Gull offers excellent downhill skiing, tubing, and snowboard in the heart of the scenic brainerd lakes area. This great facility is just north of Brainerd and only a few minutes from our lodging partners. The tubing hill is considered Minnesota’s largest at over 1,200 feet and offers a high speed tow. Snow boarders enjoy an 800 foot dedicated terrain park with and ever changing array of jumps, lifts, rails, and more. Enjoy downhill skiing on several runs for skiers of all experience levels and beginners can start out on the newly enhanced bunny hill.

MinnesotaTubing at Primetime in Breezy Point
For great dining and excellent family fun just a short drive north of Brainerd Minnesota Primetime in Breezy Point is a great bet.

Be sure to stay at one of our Brainerd hotels, Baxter hotels, or Brainerd/Baxter indoor water parks to get centralized access to everything that the Brainerd Lakes area has to offer with all of the comforts and conveniences that you and your family or group deserves.

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SNOWMOBILE

1,200 MILES OF MINNESOTA SNOWMOBILING TRAILS

Brainerd Minnesota offers scenic Minnesota snowmobile trails through forest and over our many scenic lakes. With excellent Brainerd area hotels and lodging and Brainerd area dining options the Brainerd Lakes area is your best bet for a memorable Minnesota Snowmobiling getaway.

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Minnesota snowmobiling is at its finest in the Brainerd lakes area! With 1,200 miles of groomed trails to explore, this will be your favorite MN snowmobiling spot for sure! There’s plenty of snow-glistening trails that meander through some of the Brainerd lakes area’s most beautiful forests, across gentle slopes and around lakes. There’s even a lighted snowmobile trail that runs the length of Gull Lake—for a spectacular nighttime ride!

Your Minnesota snowmobiling adventure is sure to be filled with fun and convenience! There are plenty of service stations for gas, food, hot coffee and cocoa, food and supplies. Stop in one of our many towns for a hot meal or some fabulous shopping! Then head on to your Brainerd Lakes area lodging destination where you’ll find comfort, a soft bed and relaxing hot tub! Minnesota snowmobiling draws hundreds of sport enthusiasts every season—and since the groomed trails are all connected, you can create a Minnesota snowmobiling vacation that continues for days! The trails are color-coded, there are maps available at almost every convenience store and you can check out trail conditions online before you venture out!

Keep in mind for your Minnesota snowmobiling vacation, that a permit is required for everyone operating a snowmobile on state or grant-in-aid trails. You can obtain a Minnesota snowmobiling permit from the Department of Natural Resources by calling 1-888-665-4236 or if you have questions about Minnesota snowmobiling license requirements call the DNR at 1-888-646-6367. They are available 24/7. You can also order your license online.

Need a snowmobile, no problem, our friends at Boats & Beyond Rental will get you up and running call them today at 218-963-7700 or visit our snowmobile rental page.

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Snowmobile trail map north

Snowmobile trail map south

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