Finding time to enjoy a spring getaway to Gull Lake, Minnesota is always something to look forward to! While this destination is loved for its outdoor recreation and access to on-the-water fun, it’s also an amazing place to kick back and simply make the most of a spring picnic or two while you’re in town. The following are a few of the many best places to enjoy a springtime Minnesota picnic in the Gull Lake area the next time travel plans bring you this way.
The Gull Lake Recreation Area
For Gull Lake adventurers looking for a springtime picnic spot where they can pair a savory moment with access to outdoor fun, the Gull Lake Recreation Area is it! Located at 10867 E Gull Lake, the Gull Lake Recreation Area is the ideal place to settle in for a fresh-air snack before making the most of activities like wading, fishing, hiking, and boating in abundance. This recreation area puts you right in the heart of the scenery Gull Lake is known and loved for. It’s also home to a variety of watchable wildlife this time of year ranging from deer and bald eagles to songbirds, river otter, and loon. This recreation area truly has something for everyone including playgrounds for kids needing to run off some extra energy and trail access for those who can’t wait to explore when their picnic comes to an end.
Fritz Loven Park in Lake Shore
If your Gull Lake spring adventures take you closer to Lake Shore, plan on enjoying a picnic at least one day of your stay at Fritz Loven Park. Located at 7877 Ridge Road, this park is a nature-lover’s dream come true. From the towering trees and ample wildlife to the babbling brook that runs through the grounds, Fritz Loven Park is a scenic place to settle in and enjoy a picnic lunch alongside those you love most. In total, the park sprawls across 80 -acres of land providing plenty of space to explore and for little ones to run. The park is dotted with picnic tables, but the primary picnic pavilion is a great spot to enjoy an outdoor meal as well. From the playgrounds to the hiking trails, you’ll find there’s no shortage of options for outdoor fun when you head this way for a picnic in the spring.
Kiwanis Park in Brainerd
When on-the-water fun is what you’re hoping to pair with your spring picnic experience, planning for an outdoor meal at Kiwanis Park in Brainerd is a must. Located at 1101 E River Road, the Kiwanis Park provides guests with 37 -acres of pristine land to explore when a picnic is a priority. The park sits between Boom Lake and the Mississippi River and is dotted with hiking trails, playgrounds, and picnic pavilions to enjoy as well. Some of the highlights of a picnic at this park in the spring include access to a great canoe launch when you want to get out on the water. This park is also a popular place to enjoy fishing or simply settling into the gazebo and taking in the view in style. If you’re going to be planning a picnic for a large group of travelers here, the pavilions can be rented in advance by calling the park’s office at 218-828-2320.
The Paul Bunyan State Trail
Pair a day of legendary area hiking with a perfect spring picnic by setting your sights on the Paul Bunyan State Trail. At 115 miles long, this route is nothing short of a challenge in its entirety, but it runs through the Gull Lake area and is easy to split into day-worthy sections to explore. The trail extends from Crow Wing State Park to Lake Bemidji State Park and is a true gem of Minnesota’s maze of state trails. It’s a popular path for those who prefer to hike or bike their way to fun and there are plenty of outlooks to stop at along the way that provide a scenic space to enjoy a picnic lunch.
Nisswa Lake Park
Spring picnickers looking for a picturesque place to enjoy an afternoon meal under the sky will find it with ease at Nisswa Lake Park. Located at 25415 Nisswa Lake Lane, this park is a 2.1 acre stop not far from downtown that features the best of recreation opportunities as well as water views. Many visitors come this way to make the most of the pristine walking trails that run through the park or to settle in on a bench and enjoy the view. There are boat docking facilities at this park as well as an outdoor classroom! The picnic pavilions are the perfect place to savor the flavors you’ve packed. Guests will also enjoy the fact that Nisswa Lake Park hosts BBQ pits and tables to utilize when you’re hoping to serve up something extra savory alongside family and friends.
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