Things to Do in the Brainerd Lakes Area

You will never be at a loss for fun and exciting recreation in the Brainerd Lakes Area. Enjoy four season of recreation with countless activities from boating and fishing to skiing and snowmobiling the Brainerd MN trails.


The Brainerd Lakes area also offers several summertime ATV/Recreational trails to enjoy with the whole family!

Visitors come from all around to enjoy recreation on the famous Paul Bunyan Trail which starts in Brainerd MN and runs through over a dozen communities on the way to Bemidji MN. In the warmer months, the trail is perfect for spending a day in nature. With over 120 miles of paved trails, the Paul Bunyan Trail is the great for biking, hiking and rollerblading. Visit during the winter months and fulfill your need for speed with 1,200 miles of networked, groomed, and some lighted snowmobile trails.

Bring a tent or your RV and spend a few days at one of the many camping resorts and RV parks in the Brainerd Lakes Area for a weekend of fishing. Summer or winter, the Brainerd Lakes area offers famous lake fishing, boat and equipment rentals, and in those cold winter months, rent a fully stocked ice fishing house and catch the "Big One."

Mount Ski Gull is a great place to visit for winter recreation in Brainerd, MN with beginner and advanced skiing and snowboarding hills, tube hills, and outdoor activity rentals from snowboards to snowsuits. Mount Ski Gull is also home to warmer weather activities thanks to the addition of Brainerd Zip Line Tour, a Minnesota Zip Lines & Adventure service offering 7 zip lines, 50 ft. suspension bridge, 50 ft. tandem jump and more. Visit Mount Ski Gull today to check out MN Ziplines.

Whether you're hunting, fishing, horseback riding, or just taking in the beauty of the Northwoods, you're sure to find recreation options for the whole family.