U.S. Army Corps of Engineers campgrounds
Cross Lake Dam and Recreation Area
The Crosslake Lake Dam and Recreation Area, also known as the Ronald Louis Cloutier Recreation Area, which is managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, can be found where Crow Wing County Road 3 and Highway 66 meet in downtown Crosslake. It is located on the Whitefish Chain of Lakes at the dam, which separates Cross Lake from the Pine River — an area of the park popular among tourists and anglers alike.
Crosslake’s recreation area features 119 campsites. Regardless of whether you are staying the night, however, it offers a number of things, including two swimming beaches, a playground, small trails around the site and two boat ramps for easy access to the Whitefish Chain of Lakes.
Gull Lake Dam and Recreation Area
Gull Lake Dam and Recreation Area, another U.S. Army Corps of Engineers site, is located at 10867 E. Gull Lake Drive north of Brainerd on the east side of Gull Lake.
Highlights of this property include its dam, picnic spots, hiking trails to scenic overlooks and a swimming beach and boat ramp. Its campground has 39 sites. This site also is known for its historic and archealogical value. Its Native American burial mounds are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
To make campground reservations at either of these sites, visit Recreation.gov or call (877) 444-6777.