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Winter Experiences

Experience Winter at Minnesota’s Classic Resort

Exclusive experiences available for groups November-December

Madden’s welcomes guests from late April through late October each year for classic Spring, Summer, and Fall experiences you’ll only find in Minnesota. But what makes Minnesota truly unique is the transformation into a winter oasis with sparkling snow-covered ground and acres of frozen lakes, perfect for winter activities.

On-Property Activities

Outdoor Games

Adventure into the outdoors to enjoy the natural beauty of winter on the shores of Gull Lake! If you’re looking to get outside and embrace Minnesota winters, try activities like broomball, axe throwing, trap Shooting, corn hole, hammerschlagen, and bonfires.

Madden’s and the surrounding Gull Lake area is also the perfect location for snowshoeing, cross country skiiing, and ice fishing. Bring your own equipment or inquire about available area rentals.

Indoor Pool

Madden’s Wilson Bay Lodge features an indoor pool and sauna with scenic winter views.

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Indoor Activities

When the weather outside is less than welcoming, cozy up indoors–there’s still plenty to do! These activities can be facilitated in Madden’s Wilson Bay Lodge:

  • Game room stocked with board games
  • Indoor corn hole, Hammerschlagen
  • Trivia, Bingo, Minute to Win It Games

Off-Site & Area Activities

Mount Ski Gull

A short 10 minute drive from the resort, Mount Ski Gull is the skiing, snowboarding, and tubing destination in the Brainerd Lakes area. There’s no experience required to tube down five 700-foot long tubing lanes, or find your fun on the slopes with ski and snowboard rentals.


A nationally-recognized Minnesota gem, the Cuyuna and Crosby area offers world-class mountain biking trails and outdoor adventure in the summer and winter. Venture 30 miles east of Madden’s to find fat tire biking, snowshoeing, and nordic skiing trails in a unique iron range destination.

Snowmobile Rental

Explore Gull Lake’s winter wonderland! Visit Nisswa Marine for more information.

Ice Karts

Don’t miss this truly unique, fast-paced experience on ice, offered by Train Bell Resort.

Call (218) 829-4941 for more Ice Kart Information

Guided Ice Fishing

Nothing says “Minnesota” more than ice fishing! Whether you’re an experienced fisher looking for expert tips or a beginner who just want to try it out, Walleyedan’s guided fishing service is the place to go in the Brainerd Lakes area.


The Brainerd area is bursting with breweries, go ahead and give them a try!

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