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Experience the #1 Resort in the Midwest

Located on a 1,000 acre peninsula in the heart of the Brainerd Lakes Area, Madden’s on Gull Lake has been providing award-winning golf and accommodations to guests for over 90 years. Guests enjoy water activities on over 2 miles of lakeshore, 4 golf courses, tennis, croquet, and pickleball courts, bicycle rentals, a kids’ activity program, and renowned “Madden’s” hospitality. Come see why Madden’s was ranked #53 Best Resort in the World (2013) and #1 Resort in the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest (2021) by Condé Nast Traveler. 


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Aim to Try Something New

Madden’s Activities

Embrace your adventurous side and put your aiming skills to the test with these unique activities at Madden’s. Show off your throwing arm in a friendly (or competitive) round of Axe Throwing, or venture to Madden’s Trap Shooting Range for an even bigger challenge! Our professionals will provide instruction to all skill levels.

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Get out On Gull

The Marina

Take some time to explore the area’s most scenic attraction–Gull Lake! Madden’s full-service Marina offers pontoons, fishing boats, tubes, paddle boards, kayaks, and more. Go for an afternoon paddle or an evening pontoon cruise around the lake–or both!

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Pedal Your Way to Adventure

Hiking & Biking

The Brainerd Lakes Area offers some of Minnesota’s most scenic trails to explore. Find world-class mountain biking at Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike trails (35 minutes from Madden’s), explore the East Gull Lake Trail, or bike part of the 120-mile Paul Bunyan Trail to find quaint downtown shopping and dining in Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, and more.

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Go to Ski School

Wake Surf & Water Ski School

Our expert staff is ready to instruct you through all your watersport activities! New to the sport? No problem! We love teaching first timers.

Can You Canoe?

Gull River Canoe Trip

This guided canoe trip will take you one a 3-4 hour paddling journey down Gull River. A Madden’s guide will be there to instruct you through it all.

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Change Up Your Fitness Routine


Don’t want to skip a workout? Join in a morning session of beach bootcamp presented by Takedown Gym, or find yourself on the Peloton at Madden’s Fitness Center overlooking Steamboat Bay.

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