When it comes to vacation and recreation destinations that are designed to inspire, Gull Lake, Minnesota is a top traveler locale. The Gull Lake region is made up of eight lakes in total, but the watery oasis that spans Cass County and Crow Wing County enjoys the title as the largest of them all. The entire collection of waterways includes Gull Lake, Upper Gull Lake, Margaret Lake, Roy Lake, Spring Lake, Round Lake, Love Lake, and Bass Lake. In addition to these lakes, the area includes two other bodies of water including Wilson’s Bay and Steamboat Bay.
No matter where you spend your time, Gull Lake offers up a sensational stretch of shoreline for visitors to enjoy and just as many commercial destinations to check out as well. Whether you come for a weekend or plan on staying through an entire season, there is no shortage of options for fun when you set your travel sights on Gull Lake.
Gull Lake Calls to Outdoor Adventurers
Many who travel to Gull Lake do so answering the call of their deep-seated interest in outdoor adventure. Gull Lake doesn’t disappoint when it comes to alluring terrain and physical features that offer up an abundance of opportunities for getting out and exploring.
In total, Gull Lake spans an impressive 9,947 acres, making it the largest lake that happens to sit within the East Gull Lake city limits. At 15.3 miles long and just under 3.5 miles wide, those planning on getting out on the water during their stay will find the lake’s depth to run near 80 feet and less than half of the lake hosting water levels of 15 feet or less. While there are some places where rubble and boulders lie, boaters appreciate that the waters consist mostly of gravel and sand combinations.
For visitors who have angling on the top of their to-do list when visiting Gull Lake, this is an area that’s known for its collection of brown trout. Anglers will find that while the center of the lake offers up options for a bite, the mouth of the Stony Brook Stream which feeds into Gull Lake is also an ideal destination for reeling in something exciting! Experienced anglers who happen to be in the area during the winter months might be interested in participating in the annual Brainerd Ice Fishing Extravaganza. This charitable contest invites participants to try their luck at one of the 20,000 ice fishing holes that are drilled into the surface during this frigid time of year. The event is hosted by the Brainerd Jaycees and is a fun-for-all experience that maximizes time in the great outdoors even when temperatures drop!
In addition to brown trout, the waters of Gull Lake are home to a variety of other aquatic species as well. It’s estimated that over 35 species thrive in this area, including bass and panfish. Northern pike is frequently fished in Gull Lake, and in an attempt to boost ecosystems, walleye are regularly stocked in the waters as well. Gull Lake hosts the bulrush plant which is believed to work as a productive habitat for many of the fish species that live in these waters.
When you’re looking for interesting on-the-water places to explore in addition to angling adventures, there are plenty to choose from. Steamboat Bay and Gull Point are popular boating destinations that sit near scenic sand bars while Rocky Point, Grassy Point, Dutchman’s Bluff, and Government Point are all worth discovering while you’re here too!
Nearby Places to Explore
While many Gull Lake travelers take time to enjoy and explore the lake itself, Gull Lake’s location puts it in a great place to easily reach surrounding areas of interest and neighboring communities. Gull Lake is well within reach of East Gull Lake, Brainerd, and Nisswa, all of which host a variety of shops, dining stops, and entertainment options for travelers to enjoy. Lake Shore, Minnesota, and Baxter are also easily accessible during your Gull Lake stay.
Something for History Buffs
Visitors with a heart for history will find the area is rich in stories and places to explore. The Gull Lake area was a popular logging destination in the late 19th century and during that time, loggers would build temporary dams to aid their efforts. In 1912, Colonel Francis R. Shunk and George Freeman designed the official Gull Lake Dam, and with its construction, successfully raised the water level by 5 feet.
Seeing the dam itself is a testament to the passage of time and the influence of architecture, but what lies below the dam site proves even more intriguing. More than 12 burial mounds have been found at the site of the Gull Lake Dam which are believed to stem back to the Woodland American tribe which lived in the area between 800 B.C. and 200 A.D. Today, they are recognized by the National Register of Historic Places.
Book Your Gull Lake Stay Today
When you’re ready to enjoy Gull Lake and require accommodations that keep you close to the fun, Gull Lake Beach Resorts is here to help. Reach out today to learn more about our many vacation rental properties in the area and how we can help you start planning your trip!
Gull Lake area is brewing up good times and great memories for your next visit! But did you know the area is also brewing up home-grown spirits to add to your vacation enjoyment?
When vacationing on Gull Lake, you may be looking for the perfect spot to kick back and relax with a beer in hand. A variety of area craft breweries are favorite hot spots for locals and visitors alike. Each with its own vibe and specialty, they share in the art of infusing chemistry and creativity to produce some seriously tasty concoctions. These are just a few of the many options…
Big Axe Brewing Company:Nisswa
Big Axe Brewing located in downtown Nisswa is a local brew pub that turns heads with incredible handcrafted beers and a full kitchen. The perfect place to catch up with friends or unwind at the end of a day on the lake, Big Axe offers a fun, relaxing environment where the food is tasty and the beer is cold.
In addition to the full-flavored, freshly crafted brews, Big Axe boasts house-made root beer and cream soda, too. Special release beers such as the Bourbon Bean Stout and Peanut Butter Stout frequently rotate on the menu. Patrons can even take a growler back to their vacation rental!
Enjoy delicious soups, salads, burgers and sandwiches, plus a kids’ menu for the little ones to choose from. Enjoy your meal indoors or relax on the patio – and pups are welcome, as long as they are on a leash.
Jack Pine Brewery::Baxter
After 12 years of winning beer competitions, earning beer judging certifications, and lots and lots of homebrewing, in 2013 Patrick Sundberg opened a nanobrewery making 100 gallons of beer at a time. But you can’t keep a good brewer down, and in 2017, Jack Pine Brewery opened its new taproom to the Brainerd Lakes area.
Jack Pine’s goal is to craft a quality brew across a wide spectrum of flavors. From light to dark, malty to hoppy, and even an award-winning pepper beer to spice things up, there’s something for everyone. Beer novices and connoisseurs alike might be surprised with a well-made style outside their typical realm of favorites.
The brewery is pet friendly (on the patio), kid friendly (with games and sodas), and food friendly with a regular roundtable of food trucks that frequent the parking lot. Jack Pine also has space to rent for events and hosts lots of regular ones, too, including live music, yoga, painting, trivia and fundraisers.
Roundhouse Brewery: Nisswa
Nisswa’s Roundhouse Brewery crafts amazing beers in a unique setting. Starting with the highest quality ingredients and a passion for the pursuit of an exceptional pint, the pub aims to brew and distribute unsurpassed beer to the Brainerd Lakes area and beyond.
Roundhouse’s large taproom recently added “the Platform,” an elevated seating mezzanine that gives a bird’s eye view of the whole bar. Ample outdoor seating welcomes furry companions and is accented with umbrellas, patio lighting and fire pits. While Roundhouse doesn’t serve food, bring-your-own and deliveries are welcome.
What makes Roundhouse cutting edge? Well, it’s The Wreck Room, of course. This family-friendly axe-throwing space and rec lounge is open weekends and features an axe-throwing coach who doubles as a beertender! No experience is necessary to learn axe-throwing games and have a good time.
Cheers to Gull Lake Area
Worth noting, Brainerd is home to its own distillery, Five Rocks Distilling Co., creating vodka, gin whiskey and cocktail kits that reflect the spirit of Minnesota. Alternatively, Ya Sure Kombucha in Brainerd brews a variety of flavors of this healthy and delicious non-alcoholic drink.
Locally crafted beverages are just one of the many things to enjoy while in the Gull Lake area, in Minnesota. The team at Gull Lake Beach Resorts is here to make sure you have amazing accommodations to match the fun. Contact us today to learn more about our property options and to begin planning your trip!