Brainerd MN

Brainerd Minnesota Lakes area is a regional shopping, industrial, and tourism center. There are many nearby resorts that take advantage of the many nearby lakes including Gull Lake. The Mississippi River flows right through Brainerd with five road/highway bridges and one railroad bridge crossing it. There is also the Paul Bunyan Trail, a bowling alley in Brainerd, Movie theater in Baxter, mini golf courses north of Brainerd and golf courses, Paul Bunyan/This old farm east of Brainerd towards Garrison. Brainerd is also home to one of the Central Lakes College campuses. More in General Info and Business Directory.

Free admission to state parks on Friday after thanksgiving

The normal vehicle permits will not be needed on the Friday after thanksgiving, November 27 2015, also known as Black Friday. It was announced by lieutenant Governor Tina Smith and there was a written proclamation by Governor Mark Dayton.
This is to encourage enjoying the outdoors as an alternative to the busy shopping day.

Fire Tower at Mille Lacs Kathio State Park in fall
Crow Wing Island at Crow Wing State Park fall time

Brainerd Walk and Wheel event


3rd annual Brainerd Walk and Wheel Event to celebrate making Brainerd more walkable and bikeable. Brainerd City Council Member Sheeler also wished that Crow Wing County (board) would be more involved in making their roads more bikeable and walkable.

Caution for bicyclists / pedestrians on Paul Bunyan trail in Baxter

Update Oct 2 2015: This year's Excelsior road project is complete and Isle Dr has reopened. There is still some construction happening in Baxter.
August 25 2015 Update trail is also closed near Walmart and other parts of town due to road construction.
previously there was no safe passable way to go all the way through Baxter using just the trail.
Less than a year after the trail was completed it was closed in the city of Baxter.
earlier 2015-06-27

trail closed and road construction
trail closed and road construction


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