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Area Adventures

Discover The Brained Lakes Area

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Zip Lining

The Brainerd Lakes Area’s newest attraction—Zip Lining at Mount Ski Gull! An exhilarating 2 hour tour offers beautiful views from the high elevations in the area. Trips are scheduled through the summer.

Horseback riding at Madden's

Horseback Riding

What better way to see Minnesota’s beautiful northwoods than on horseback! At nearby Outback Stables, you’ll enjoy a guided trail ride through the scenic Pillsbury State Forest.

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Cuyuna Mountain Biking

World-class mountain biking can be found just outside our backdoor at Cuyuna Mountain Bike Trails. Featuring 22 miles of new purpose-built, single track mountain bike trails for riders of all levels. Click here for a trail map.

Red Raven offers bike rentals, sales, and services, area trail information, coffee, and lunch.

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Paul Bunyan Trail

Hike and bike the beautiful Paul Bunyan Trail, the longest MN bike trail, which runs right through the Brainerd lakes area.

Hunts Point Gun Club

Hunts Point Gun Club offers a sixteen-station sporting clays course, five-stand sporting, and two trap fields.

Brainerd International Raceway

Brainerd International Raceway is the largest racetrack in the upper midwest, offering the most diverse motorsports anywhere.

Northland Kart Kountry Family Fun Park

Go-karts, batting cages, rock climbing wall, mini golf, bumper boats–fun for the whole family!

Aerial view of Nisswa city

Area Shopping

Downtown Nisswa is home to over 50 retail shops & restaurants and is the perfect place to spend an afternoon shopping. Find unique boutiques and dining areas all within a walkable, quaint downtown area, about 25 minutes from Madden’s Resort.


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

Common Loon on nest

MN Backyard Birds

Join Judd Brink a local guide and naturalist for a birding adventure of the Brainerd Lakes area and central Minnesota!  Explore and Enjoy the woods and waters looking for birds with half or full day tours available. The bird watching tours include bird watching kits for both kids and adults (binoculars, checklist, bird book and field bag)!  This is a fun family activity to look and learn about birds and nature in the Brainerd lakes area.  Happy Birding!

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East Gull Lake Pickleball Club

Location: 10790 Squaw Point Rd                   East Gull LakeTimes:  Wednesdays 4:00 – 8:00 pm                Friday  9:00 am -12:00                Sundays 4:00 – 8:00 pmAll levels welcome
Demo paddles will be available

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