Local Area Guide
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Local Area Guide

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Lakes (fishing, boating, swimming + more!)

You’ll find your fair share of water here in the Lakes Area. Find two of the most spectacular and expansive lake chains in the country and all the fun that comes along with it; renowned resorts, sandbars, beaches or lakeside dining - fishing or watersports; there’s no shortage of activities or rentals for the water too.

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Golf courses

One of the most sought after golf destinations in the Midwest, the BLA is home to several courses consistently ranked as the top destinations in the country. Grandview Lodge Courses, Deacon's Lodge, Craguns and Maddens all fight for the top spots. Each has their merits and offers a different play. That all said, don’t forget about Pirates Cove, WIldwedge or any of the local mini-golf offerings. Regardless of the level of play you’re looking for, the BLA has a course for you.

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Breweries/distilleries

The BLA is a craft beer drinker’s paradise. 8 breweries can be found from Brainerd to Walker, Jackpine, Portage, Roundhouse and Snarky Loon to name a few favorites. Great homegrown beers and fun social hangouts! Beer not your jam? New to the area is a local distillery and tasting room, 5Rocks Distillery. Many of our restaurants love supporting local beers on tap as well so it’s easy to get a taste of the North.

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Dining (including lakeside)

The vast array of dining options in the Brainerd Lakes Area is difficult to beat. Whether you’re searching for small town dive bars, fine dining restaurants, or lakeside casual fare, we’ve got it all! Don’t forget about your coffee at one of our personal favorites, MN Traders Co in Pequot Lakes.

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Biking & hiking trails

The Brainerd Lakes Area is home to hundreds of wooded territory ready to be explored - amongst hiking/walking paths are some of the most scenic bike trails, most of which exist in the Cuyuna Range. Looking for a smoother ride? A favorite year round, the Paul Bunyan Trail runs 119 miles between Brainerd and Bemidj and is frequented by bikers, runners, rollerbladers and snowmobilers and draws people from near and far.

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Brainerd International Raceway (BIR)

A drag strip, a road course, and a whole lot in between, BIR hosts “National’s” a local stop in the national drag racing circuit, as well as many road course races throughout the year. A local favorite is the annual Lakes Jam, which takes place over the course of 3 days; filled with world renowned musicians, camping, and a whole lot of fun.

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