Brainerd/Baxter The communities of Brainerd and Baxter serve as the gateway communities to the Brainerd Lakes Area. You will find strong business neighborhoods in both cities. Brainerd holds historic significance in the region with a revitalized downtown and the regional beacon, the historic water tower. Baxter is a fast-growing community along the western border of read more

Nisswa/East Gull Lake/Lake Shore

Nisswa/East Gull Lake/Lake Shore The Gull Lake Chain of Lakes is in the heart of the Brainerd Lakes Area, just north of Brainerd and Baxter. Gull Lake is bordered by three communities – East Gull Lake, Nisswa and Lake Shore. In this Minnesota neighborhood, you will find first-class resorts, including three of the largest in read more

Pequot Lakes/Breezy Point/Jenkins

Pequot Lakes/Breezy Point/Jenkins Pequot Lakes and Breezy Point are at the heart of this neighborhood, which is well-known for its many festivals that attract more visitors to the region than year-round residents! This neighborhood hosts Stars & Stripes Days and Bean Hole Days, and Market in the Park. Paul Bunyan made his mark in this region. He rested read more

Crosslake/Manhattan Beach/Fifty Lakes/Emily

Crosslake/Manhattan Beach/Fifty Lakes/Emily This Crosslake neighborhood features dozens of lakes, including the 14 interconnected lakes of the Whitefish Chain of Lakes. In all, the Whitefish Chain includes more than 13,500 acres of water, 119 miles of shoreline, and dozens of bays and islands. The Chain offers great opportunities for boating, fishing, skiing, swimming, and so read more

Crosby/ Ironton/Deerwood/Mille Lacs Lake/Aitkin

Crosby/ Ironton/Deerwood/Mille Lacs Lake/Aitkin This Cuyuna Range neighborhood, on the eastern edge of the Brainerd Lakes Area, has stepped out of the shadows of the mining companies and recreated itself as a mountain biking destination – the best in the Midwest!  The Cuyuna Range is home to the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area, which hosts read more

Little Falls/Motley/Pillager/Staples

Little Falls/Motley/Pillager/Staples This southeastern region of the Brainerd Lakes Area marks the transition from prairies to the forests and lakes. Many outdoor recreation areas highlight this neighborhood, including the Pillsbury State Forest near Pillager. The forest, known for its magnificent trees, is enjoyed by nature-lovers searching out wildflowers, horseback riders enjoying the abundant trails, and read more