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City Parks

The cities of Baxter and Brainerd have numerous city parks that are free and open to the public. Many of the parks have playground equipment, picnic tables, shelters and restrooms.
Bane Park
Buffalo Hills/Lions Park
Buster Dog Park
Gregory Park
Hitch Wayne Park
Jaycees Park
Kiwanis Park
Lum Park
Memorial Park
Mill Avenue Park
Mississippi Landing
O'Brien Park
Triangle Park
Gustafson Park

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Disc Golf

A nine hole disc golf course was developed at Lum Park in 1997. Course maps and playing rules are available at the park office. There is no cost for use of this course. A fall tournament takes place in late September for all who are interested.

Public Beaches

Area Lake Information

Cater Park:
Barclay Avenue, Pine River
Log pavilion, picnic tables & swimming beach (dam)

Gull Lake Recreational Area, U.S. Army Corp. of Engineers:
Located north on Hwy 371 to Cty Rd 125
(Gull Lake Dam Road) at Gull Lake.
Shaded picnic area, grills, shelter, fishing pier, playground, & sandy beach. Boat launch. Small fee required. Beach closes at 10 pm and no life guard on duty.

Hackensack Public Beach

Lum Park:
On Rice Lake 1 mile East of the East Brainerd Mall, Brainerd.
Swimming beach, shelters, playground, fishing dock. Public launch. No lifeguard on duty. The city reserves the right to close beach in times of inclement or severe weather.

North Long Lake:
On Highway 371 North 7 miles north of Brainerd
Swimming, boat launch, picnic area. No life guard.

Pelican Lake Beach:
North of Brainerd on Highway 25 to County Road 118
Sandy beach, swimming, picnic tables.

Pillager Lake Park:
North of Pillager on Highway 1
Fishing pier and beach with picnic area.

Pillsbury State Forest - Brainerd:
Small fee required (218) 828-2565
8 miles west of Brainerd on Highway 210.
Hiking and horse trails, picnic areas, shelter, boat launch, swimming.Serpent Lake Swimming Beach
Off of Main Street, Deerwood

U.S. Army Corp. Of Engineers - Crosslake:
Located on Cty Rd. 3, Crosslake.
Shaded picnic area, grills, shelter. Canoe launch, boat launches, swimming areas, playground and fishing.

US Army Corps of Engineers – Gull Lake:
10867 East Gull Lake Drive, East Gull Lake
Camping, picnic area and pavilion, playground, fishing piers, swimming beach, boat launch and interpretive sites.Whipple Beach
Located west on Highway 210 to Inglewood. Take a right onto Inglewood and continue North to Clearwater Road. Turn left and continue West on Clearwater Road until you reach the entrance and parking area for

Whipple Beach:
Swimming beach, fishing pier, public landing and boat ramp.

Paul Bunyan State Trail

The Paul Bunyan State Trail is a 110 mile trail that starts in Baxter and Ends in Bemidji.   Access to the trail is free.

Indoor Playlands

McDonalds-Highway 210, Brainerd

Public Libraries

The Brainerd Public Library - 416 South Fifth Street, Brainerd, MN 56401, 829-5574

Kitchigami Regional Library - 403 Barclay Avenue, P.O. Box 84, Pine River, MN 56474


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