Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. Winter recreational options abound in the Brainerd Lakes Area. A great central Minnesota attraction, Ski Gull near Gull Lake north of Brainerd offers great, affordable downhill skiing in a family-friendly environment. And snow tubing can be enjoyed in Breezy Point and Mount Ski Gull. Cross-country skiing trails, such as the well-maintained trails at the Northland Arboretum in Brainerd, can be found throughout the region from Pine River to Crosslake, and Breezy Point to Baxter.
The Brainerd Lakes Area offers more than 1,200 miles of well-groomed, well-mapped, interconnected snowmobile trails. Discover why the Brainerd Lakes Area is a premiere Minnesota destination all year long – winter, spring, summer, fall.
December 8, 2013
French Rapids: 12 inches of snow so far with a 3-4 inch base. All skating lanes and classic track were set today.
Northland Arboretum: Conditions are great for early season skiing! Skate deck was nice and firm, classic tracks were full depth in most places. Some tree debris on the trails, oak leaves, pine needles etc. A few thin spots under the big pines, nothing that couldn’t be avoided.
Wolf Lake Ski Trails: 6 inch snowfall packed only on Tuesday. 5 inch snowfall packed, groomed and tracks set Thursday.
Larson Lake (Deerwood): 6 inch snowfall packed only on Tuesday. 5 inch snowfall packed, groomed and tracks set Thursday.
Charles Lindberg State Park: We received 4-5″ of heavy, wet snow Dec. 2-3 and an addition 5″ of powder Dec. 4. Snow is hanging on the trees and it’s currently a beautiful time to be out in the park. Trails at Charles Lindbergh State Park are not groomed in the winter and are open to break-trail cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and hiking. A log cabin picnic shelter building is available to those wishing to get out of the wind. A wood stove and firewood is available for use in the building. Ski trails are in fair condition.
BLAST: The Brainerd area received 8″ of new snow. The trails are open but use extreme caution until we can get our groomers out on the trails. We need colder weather to freeze the swamps and lakes. Have fun but be careful.
Mille Lacs-Kathio State Park: Most of the snowmobile trails were groomed Tuesday. We hope to get out and pack and groom the ski trails yet this week. The trail is partially groomed and in fair condition. There is a trail base of 2”.
Crow Wing State Park: We have about 11 inches of snow on the ground. The trails have not been groomed yet this season. Skiing and snowmobiling trails are currently closed. The park will be closed to the public on December 13, 14 and 15 for a park deer hunt.
Paul Bunyan State Trail – Pequot Lakes: The PBT has been groomed, other trails in the Brainerd area are being groomed, and both snowmobile and ski trails should be in good to very good condition by the weekend. USE EXTREME CAUTION ON LAKES AND STREAMS: Ice was very thin in many places prior to the heavy snowfall!