A Season For Exploring


When snow and cold set in, there are plenty of ways to get outdoors rather than hibernate. Whether you’re scouting for future hunts, watching wildlife or out enjoying the outdoors in other ways, you can find new places to explore using DNR maps. One place to start is the DNR recreation compass that includes several types of public land.

In the Brainerd Lakes area there are a bunch of things to do if you want to get outside and enjoy this beautiful area. No matter what you are into, here’s a guide to some fun places to enjoy the outdoors.

Ice Fishing

Brainerd Minnesota has long been a fishing destination and the winter months are no exception. We have over 460 lakes in the area with practically every species of fish from walleye to northern pike, crappies, lake trout, perch and more. If you are looking for updated fishing reports and info on some of the biggest ice fishing events in the area you can find it here.

Skiing and Tubing

Once the temperature dips Brainerd also offers excellent 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. You can also find more info on tubing in Breezy Point and more here.


Minnesota snowmobiling is at its finest in the Brainerd lakes area! We’ve got 1,200 miles of groomed trails to explore, without a doubt this will be your favorite MN snowmobiling spot. The Brainerd area offers scenic snowmobile trails through forest and over our many scenic lakes. Trail maps, conditions, restaurants, and lodging can be found here.

Cross Country Skiing

The Brainerd lakes area offers a great selection of Minnesota Cross Country Ski trails in addition to our scenic lakes, we have trails that wind through beautiful Minnesota hardwood forests filled with scenic landscape and abundant wildlife. A list of trails and maps where passes are required and not required can be found here.

Winter Mountain Biking

This is becoming one of the fastest growing winter activities in the Brainerd Lakes. Fat tire winter mountain biking on Minnesota’s world renown Cuyuna mountain bike trails has become a national destination. Whether you are looking for an adventure, a new sport to try, or a group activity, mountain biking in Minnesota’s pristine Cuyuna Lakes area is a great choice. More info can be found here.