There’s More to ExploreSM in the Brainerd Lakes Area, Minnesota’s premier vacation destination. From festivals and celebrations, to arts and entertainment, you will find thousands of amazing activities every year in the Brainerd Lakes Area. Many of the premier annual events, such as the Brainerd Jaycees $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza and the Crosslake St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Celebration put the Brainerd Lakes area on the map and people keep coming back as they learn more about the activities and amenities in the Brainerd region.
Abandoned by mining companies more than 30 years ago, this area of former mining pits and rock-deposit stockpiles now boasts 5,000 acres of regenerated vegetation. The area offers a variety of recreation opportunities including biking (both paved and mountain bike trails), snowmobiling, scuba diving, camping and more. The Cuyuna Country mountain bike trails are a 25-mile long mountain bike trail system, covering nearly 800 acres from Yawkey Mine Lake, on the east, to Huntington Mine Lake on the west. From the campground, bike east to the Croft Mine Historic Site and Yawkey Mine Lake, or go west over the channel between Mahnomen and Pennington mine lakes up to the Miner’s Mountain Overlook and Huntington Mine Lake. When rain results in wet or soft trail conditions, the trails will be immediately closed to all users until conditions improve. information. In addition to 25 miles of natural shoreline, six mine lakes connect to create 267 acres of continuous water surface; perfect for exploring by boat or canoe. Anglers can cast a line for trout (with a trout stamp), northern,bass, crappie or sunfish. Due to the clarity and depth of the lakes, they are frequented by scuba divers for recreation and training.