Central Minnesota: So Many Fish, So Easy to Get to
There are hundreds of lakes in the Wadena area for fishing in both the warm months and winter. Take in the history and legends of the nearby Crow Wing River, and be sure to check out Old Wadena just a few miles from town.
The Brainerd Lakes area is famous for its lakes. Cragun’s Resort, on the shore of Gull Lake, is a family favorite. Full-service guides are available for full- and half-day trips, and boats and pontoons can be rented from the full-service marina. Golfers shouldn’t miss the fantastic Cragun’s Legacy Course.
Brainerd and Baxter, twin towns in the Brainerd Lakes area, have many lodging and attraction options. Use your hotel as headquarters to navigate the more than 460 lakes and rivers in the area. No matter what species of fish you’re after, you should be able to find it in these lakes.
The historic Grand View Lodge is on the northern shore of Gull Lake. It offers a full-service experience with a wide variety of restaurant choices, a beautiful beach area and access to bike trails. You’ll also find three championship golf courses. Pamper yourself after a hard day of fishing at the on-site spa.
Nearby is the charming town of Nisswa, home to famous guide services as well as bait shops and a marina nearby. The town has a variety of specialty and gift shops and dining options. Don’t miss the legendary turtle races during the summer months.
Lake Mille Lacs is a famous fishing destination in Minnesota. You’ll find walleye, bass, northern pike and muskies lurking in these waters. Launch services that can hold large groups are available, and great family resorts and hotels can be found along the shore. The area is home to two state parks, Mille Lacs Kathio and Father Hennepin, a state bike trail, golf courses and other fun activities.