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Madden’s Activities

Experiences at the Resort

Tennis & Croquet Club

Madden’s Tennis & Croquet Club is home to tennis courts, pickleball, bentgrass croquet and lawnbowling lawns, shuffleboard, horseshoes, volleyball, basketball and mountain bikes.

Inflatable Water Park

Located at the beach at Steamboat Bay, Madden’s Gull Lake inflatable outdoor waterpark features fun inflatable toys to keep kids of all ages entertained for hours.

Available seasonally

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Wake Surf & Water Ski School

The memory of a lifetime awaits you in Madden’s Wake Surf & Water Ski School! Our expert staff will instruct you through all your water sport activities. We GUARANTEE your success in getting up on the skis if you reserve a one-hour lesson- or the first ½ hour is on us!

Available Memorial Day-Labor Day

Call 218-855-5913 to reserve

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Unique to Madden’s, this fun and exhilarating sport will put your reflexes and aim to the test! Our professionals will provide instruction to all skill levels (we love teaching first-timers!).

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Axe Throwing

If you’re looking to try something a little different, this activity is right on target! Groups of 2-8 can participate in a little friendly competition as you try your hand at Axe Throwing.

Fitness centre

Fitness Room

Elliptical trainers, multiple resistance and weight training machines, and treadmills. You can keep up your regular exercise regimen with ease.


Madden’s is home to several shops that offer unique art, eclectic gifts, home decor, and trendy fashions and accessories.

Stable Gallery

In addition to an eclectic selection of products to shop from, you’ll also find art project classes at The Stable Gallery. Check daily activity schedules or visit the Stable Gallery for classes and times.

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Marina Rentals

Madden’s has a full service marina for all your watersports needs: pontoon boats, fishing boats, runabouts, tubes, waterskis, kayaks, canoes, water bikes, stand up paddle boards, and rowboats.

Hiking & Biking

Hike and bike your way through East Gull Lake area trail system, on the Paul Bunyan Trail, or take a thrilling spin on world-class mountain biking trails at Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area.


Madden’s offers three sand beaches at Steamboat Bay, Wilson Bay, and Madden Lodge.

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Swimming Pools

Make a splash! Soak up the sun in the great outdoors at the Madden Inn Pool Deck or Strawberry Ridge Outdoor Pool, or enjoy the comforts of the indoors at Madden Inn and Wilson Bay.

Private Group Yoga Sessions

Private group yoga at Madden’s on Gull Lake offers a unique and personalized experience for individuals looking to deepen their yoga practice in a peaceful and picturesque setting. An experienced instructor will guide you through a customized session based on your groups experience and comfort level. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced practitioner, private group yoga at Madden’s on Gull Lake provides an opportunity to connect with yourself, others, and nature, while enhancing your physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.

Your pass to fun! Lodging-only guests can purchase a Recreation Pass to enjoy many of Madden’s resort amenities. With the purchase of a Recreation Pass, you get access to activities and lawn games at The Tennis & Croquet Club, golf on the Social 9 (carts and clubs additional), non-motorized watercraft at the Marina, plus many scheduled activities during the summer.

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Guided Fishing


There are many fishing guides and fishing guide services throughout the world, but there is only one Walleyedan’s Guide Service and we pride ourselves on being professional, knowledgeable and of course experienced. If you are looking to escape for the day or maybe even a week, we will set you up with a professional guide or guides that will put you on the fish.

Contact Walleye Dan

Jac's E-Bikes

Explore with ease on a battery-assisted bike. E-bikes available for hourly rental at Madden’s Tennis & Croquet Club. (Not included in Madden’s Recreation Pass)

Brainerd Lakes Rowing Club

Madden’s and Brainerd Lakes Rowing Club is pleased to offer Madden’s guests the opportunity to take part in an introduction to rowing session on Wilson Bay.

This 90-minute session is designed to introduce a group of five to nine people to the idea of rowing boats as a team. You’ll learn the basics of the rowing stroke and get an introduction to “sweep” rowing, where each rower handles just one oar.

Valerie Lu's Luxury Picnics & Photography

This exclusive luxury picnic photoshoot at Madden’s on Gull Lake is an exquisite blend of nature, comfort, and sophistication, creating timeless memories to be treasured forever. Valerie Lu’s customizes a beautifully set picnic experience, then captures each moment on camera. Perfect for anniversaries, proposals, girls getaways, family getaways, and more!

When inquiring with Valerie, note that you are staying at Madden’s to receive a custom Madden’s package option with access to select Madden’s locations.

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