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Making the most of a summer getaway starts with setting your sights on scenic Gull Lake, Minnesota. While this destination is filled with fun activities to try out, it’s also a place that’s packed with savory stops to enjoy. The following are just a few of the many Gull Lake restaurants for the best summer outdoor dining experience to make the most of your delicious adventure.

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Dock 77

When you’re fortunate enough to find yourself in the Gull Lake area of Minnesota this summer and you’re craving a fantastic meal with a fresh-air view, heading over to Dock 77 is sure to inspire! Situated at 9820 Birch Bay Drive SW in Nisswa, Dock 77 is a weekend hangout that’s open Fridays from noon until 9:00 pm, Saturdays from 11:00 am until 9:00 pm and Sundays from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm. Whether you drop by with family or friends, those who enjoy Dock 77 for a summer meal under the sun will be in for a treat. Guests are free to settle into a seat at a patio table or at one of the many bright red picnic tables that adorn the lawn. Each table is topped with a sprawling umbrella to make your outdoor meal as comfortable as possible and service at Dock 77 is notoriously friendly. Much as the name indicates, this outdoor eatery is popular amongst those who arrive by land as well as those who are looking to dock and dine. Begin your outdoor dining journey at Dock 77 by perusing the starter options which include everything from spicy ahi-tuna tartare and Walleyedan’s walleye cakes to chowder, salad, and house-made herb and mozzarella sticks just to name a few. While burgers and sandwich options are always a delight at Dock 77 when it comes to main course selections, it’s hard to go wrong with a mushroom and beef linguini, or a pan-seared halibut while you’re here. If you happen to be dropping by for an alfresco brunch, be sure to try the smoked salmon eggs benedict or go for a sweet treat when you opt for the cinnamon rolls and fresh fruit combo.


A summer getaway to Gull Lake often revolves around having a plethora of options when it comes to fun and entertainment. The same could be said for the outdoor dining scene, especially when you set your culinary sights on Zorbaz! Located at 8105 Lost Lake Road in Lake Shore, Zorbaz is open to the dining public daily between 11:00 am and 2:00 am. Zorbaz offers up a unique take on options that range from homestyle pizza to Mexican traditional dishes. This means that whether you’re in the mood for pepperoni or savory tacos, you can find exactly what you’re looking for and more here! This lakeside restaurant is a family-friendly stop that’s also known and loved for its tap beer selection and house margaritas that are best enjoyed out on the spacious patio. Service is friendly and outdoor seating options are cozy and comfortable, making it easy to linger here longer than you ever planned. At Zorbaz, it’s easy to pair your lake view with menu options like veggie-stuffed quesadillas and queso as well as a large taco salad bowl. While the spaghetti options at Zorbaz are sure to inspire, it’s hard to go wrong when you order a Thai pizza for the table. No matter what you select at Zorbaz, you’ll have a view to match and your tastebuds will thank you for the experience.

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Ernie’s on Gull

Perhaps one of the most iconic outdoor dining stops in all of the Gull Lake region is Ernie’s on Gull! When you’re the type of traveler that’s looking to add as many alfresco meal experiences as possible to your vacation, make sure this locale makes the list. Found at 10424 Squaw Point Road in Brainerd, Ernie’s on Gull offers guests stunning views to enjoy in a space that’s welcoming and comfortable. The restaurant is open daily from 11:00 am until 11:00 pm and serves up everything from cast iron baked brie and cheese curds to soft pretzels and mussels to get things started on a savory note. Main course options to enjoy from the outdoor patio at Ernie’s on Gull include burgers and salad selections as well as tacos and pasta. While you’re here, be sure to pair your plate with a beer on tap or one of the restaurant’s many delicious, handcrafted cocktails. Ernie’s on Gull has been a landmark in the area since 1917 and today, continues to be a top outdoor dining destination that travelers will want to make sure to enjoy while they’re in town!

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Gull Lake, Minnesota is a gorgeous and welcoming place to enjoy year-round, but there’s something particularly appealing about a summer getaway this direction. Whether you’re one for outdoor adventure or you’re craving a relaxing and restorative vacation, Gull Lake has something wonderful waiting for you. From the lush terrain mazed with hiking trails to the clear waters that beckon boats, swimmers, and anglers alike, there’s something for everyone to enjoy under the summer sun. When you’re ready to pack a suitcase and make your way to Gull Lake, the following is your summer guide to making the most of the fun that awaits! Consider this a starting point to a one-of-a-kind summer in Gull Lake adventure that will certainly have you planning a return trip before you’ve even finished this first adventure.

Activities to Enjoy During Your Summer Getaway

Making the most of a summer adventure to Gull Lake, Minnesota often means focusing some fun on the water! Gull lake is a sprawling place to explore and discover something new and a great way to do just that at your very own pace is with a rental boat. Fortunately, those looking forward to time on the waves will find there plenty of options whether you’re up for renting a pontoon, kayak, canoe, fishing boat or something in between. Both Lake Fun Rentals in Nisswa and Your Boat Club Gull Lake in Lake Shore are great places to start your search when you’re ready to leave the land in distance and enjoy every second of your watery adventure. For the ultimate convenience, simply rent one of our vessels and it will be docked near your cabin. The Gull Lake Beach Resorts fleet features a variety of pontoon and fishing boats to meet any party’s needs.

Of course, if you’re a traveler who prefers a guided on-the-water experience with some flavor and fun to match, booking a cruise while you’re visiting in the summer is definitely the way to go! Gull Lake Cruises is a premier provider of sightseeing and dinner cruises in this area and is wonderful place to book an experience you won’t soon forget. Headquartered at 11000 Craguns Drive in Brainerd, Gull Lake Cruises is open daily from 9:00 am until 9:00 pm. Travelers who book a cruise through this company will enjoy options that make for a customized experience on the waves. Your Gull Lake escape will start with boarding a luxury yacht where you’ll find two levels and two separate onboard bars to enjoy while you sail. Day and evening dining and sightseeing cruises can be booked through Gull Lake Cruises whether you’re looking to make it a group event or prefer a private experience. The yacht’s spacious observation deck provides a place to take in unobstructed and undeniably scenic views of the surrounding landscape from a vantage point on the water. With Gull Lake Cruises, your sightseeing is taken to a new level of excellence with every trip.

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Add Some Adrenaline into the Mix

For those who prefer adrenaline-pumping fun built into their summer Gull Lake getaway, spending time at Brainerd Zip Line Tour is a must. Located at 9898 County Road 77 SW in Nisswa near the Mount Ski Gull Area, Brainerd Zip Line Tour is a tantalizing place to defy gravity and take your adventure to new heights. Touted as the very best way to see the Brainerd Lakes region, a zip line tour here promises to be an unforgettable adventure from start to finish. This 2.5-hour guided experience takes visitors across not one, but seven zip lines as well as a 50-foot free fall jump and a suspended sky bridge to top it all off. The views are impeccable, and the challenge is well-worth the effort just to get that bird’s eye view of the terrain. In fact, the zip line park boasts 15 miles worth of views from its elevated Mount Ski Gull vantage point. Those who visit Brainerd Zip Line Tour need to be at least 10 years old, weight 70-250 pounds and be wearing closed-toe shoes to enjoy the fun. A reservation is required in advance, and you’ll need to sign a wavier before you head off on your adventure!

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Hike or Bike Your Way to Adventure

If you’re the type of traveler that prefers time on the ground rather than an elevated view, hiking or biking your way through a summer Gull Lake stay is sure to inspire. There are a variety of trails that wind through this region that are just right for trekking or cycling alike. The Paul Bunyan Access Trail is a great place to start your adventure if you want to customize your day on the route according to skill level and pace. Fritz Loven Park in nearby Lake Shore is a particularly appealing hiking destination while the Gull Lake Recreation Area hosts a multitude of trail access points in tandem with playgrounds, flower beds and lush scenery to enjoy.

Find Your Fishing Stride on Gull Lake

For avid anglers excited to get out on the water and cast a line, Gull Lake is a gorgeous and lucrative place to wait for a bite. Many anglers come here with plans to make it a solo adventure on the water, but chartered fishing experiences are just as easy to access when you’re in town over the summer. Boggs Fishing Adventures in Lake Shore, Walleydan’s Guide Service in Nisswa and Todd Andrist in Brainerd are all great places to start when you’re looking for a guided fishing experience where gear is included in the booking cost. No matter which company you select, anglers will find that the waters of Gull Lake are stocked with a variety of exciting species including pan fish, walleye, and northern pike just to name a few.

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Focus on the Family Fun

When your summer getaway to Gull Lake happens to be in the company of the entire family, having some family-friendly stops to add to the itinerary is essential. Luckily, Gull Lake and the surrounding communities are packed with places to enjoy when you’re traveling with adventurers of all ages and interests. Consider heading over to Northland Kart Kountry Family Fun Park when go-karting sounds like just your family’s style. This stop is a great place to let everyone get behind the wheel and engage in a little friendly competition on the track. Northland Kart Kountry even has lower-powered junior karts to help younger kids get in on the fun safely. When you’ve had your fill of excitement on the track, this stop also hosts a 23-foot climbing wall with five different routes to choose as you make your way towards the top. Between the basketball trampoline area and the 18-hole mini golf course, you’ll find it easy to linger at Northland Kart Kountry and possibly return a time or two during your stay!

On a mild weather day, mini golf options can be expanded at places like Pirates Cove near Gull Lake. Pirates Cove Adventure Golf is located at 17992 MN-371 in Brainerd and provides guests with two 18-hole courses of fun in a pirate-themed space that’s sure to delight. The course comes complete with waterfalls and caves dotting the terrain and is a great place to bring golf enthusiasts of all ages. This stop is a budget-friendly choice as well if you’re traveling with little ones because all kids three and under play for free!

If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind way to enjoy the weather and Minnesota views with the family, head over to Pine River Stables at least once during your visit and enjoy some time on the trails. Located at 2301 40th Avenue SW in Pine River, these stables are open daily from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm. Here, visitors will have access to over 240 acres of lush terrain where they can learn to ride or simply enjoy the adventure if they’re experienced. The stables are home to over 130 trained horses and on-site staff are equipped to give lessons, introduce riding equipment, and guide you and your crew on a one-of-a-kind excursion via horseback. Trail rides here offer up a chance to enjoy wildlife spotting along the way. Commonly spotted creatures include everything from deer and otters to porcupines and more.

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Attractions to Check Out

For those summer travelers who are looking to cool off beyond the waters of Gull Lake, making time for a trip to the Nisswa Family Fun Waterpark is always a good choice. Situated at 4871 Co Road 77, this stop is open daily between 11:00 am and 6:00 pm in the summer. From the many rides and attractions to the waterslides and splash pools, time here is a chill experience that’s always well-spent. This is a popular summer stop for many visitors so be sure to show up early to get the best poolside spots and to make the most of the fun.

If you’re a summer adventurer who’s looking for moments during your getaway to really connect with nature, making time for a visit to Pillsbury State Forest will be a highlight of your stay. The terrain here is truly inspiring, and the protected landscape is home to a wide variety of thriving creatures and habitats too. The forest was first designated protected land in 1900 and continues to capture the minds and imaginations of visitors year after year. Settled into the heart of Cass County, Pillsbury State Forest is a great place to hike, bird watch, or bring a camera and capture the view if photography is your passion.

When you’re a Gull Lake summer visitor with a passion for the past, history comes to life with a visit to the Crow Wing County Historical Society. Located at 320 Laurel Street in Brainerd, this museum is a must for anyone looking to learn more about the Gull Lakes region’s rich past. The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm and hosts a wide variety of exhibits and displays that tell the story of this area in a unique way. Historical pamphlets, books, records, photographs, and videos are available to browse when you’re looking to bring the past to life in vivid style.

Restaurants to Savor During Your Stay

Taking time to unwind, relax, and plan for moments of fun in Gull Lake during the summer is easy to do. However, it’s bound to lead to an appetite that needs attending at one point or another. Fortunately, those who can’t wait to savor a stay will find that Gull Lake is packed with flavorful stops to check out when cravings come calling. When your adventures have you longing for a relaxed place where you can order up everything from pizza and Mexican dishes to traditional Minnesota favorites, a stop at Zorbaz is sure to please. Found at 8105 Lost Lake Road in Lake Shore, this restaurant is open daily from 11:00 am until 2:00 am. It’s a versatile eatery with plenty of options to enjoy as well as friendly service and a colorful setting to settle into. Whether you go with a burrito and a beer or a slice of pepperoni and a Coca-Cola, your tastebuds will certainly thank you for the experience.

When lakeside steakhouse dining is more your style, Ernie’s on Gull is a great choice. Located at 10424 Squaw Point Road in Brainerd, Ernie’s on Gull provides dining service to guests daily in the summer months between 11:00 am and 11:00 pm. This casual steakhouse is a great place to enjoy a sensational sirloin when hunger strikes but is just as suited for the guest who is longing for a handcrafted cocktail they can sip on the patio. Live musical performances are hosted here throughout the summer, giving visitors a chance to pair their plate with some exciting entertainment.

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There’s never been a better time to book your Gull Lake getaway and when you’re ready to turn travel plans into a reality, the property professionals at Gull Lake Beach Resorts are here to help. Reach out today to learn more about our many luxurious rental options across the Gull Lake region and how we can help you start planning your trip. We’ll make sure you’re settled into a home away from home that meets your getaway plans perfectly. We can’t wait to see you in Minnesota soon!

There’s something endlessly exciting about the idea of a road trip. When your spring plans have you packing your bags and hitting the road in pursuit of warmer weather fun, there’s no place better to find yourself than Gull Lake, Minnesota. Whether you’re one for the great outdoors or prefer exploring in style, there’s something endlessly appealing waiting here for you! The following are just a few of the many activities worth adding to your itinerary when you’re ready to plan your Minnesota road trip for your spring adventure in Gull Lake.

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With temperatures on the rise in the Gull Lake area during the spring season, it’s a great time to book a scenic sightseeing cruise with Gull Lake Cruises. Step aboard the welcoming North Star vessel and enjoy every minute of your informative and undeniably beautiful tour on the water that can be booked to match your preferred schedule. Cruising season kicks off in early May, putting spring road trippers in the perfect timeline to make the most of the fun. These sightseeing vessels are equipped with two levels, two bows, and provide a setting for an unforgettable experience on the water. Gull Lake Cruises offers day and evening dining cruises as well as sightseeing excursions. Private charters are available for those who are looking for an even more tranquil and customized experience. Whether you spend your time on the outdoor deck or make the most of a handcrafted cocktail inside, you’ll find luxury, comfort and an incredible time are yours for the taking.

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Get Out and Go Biking

As the snow across the Gull Lake area melts away with the welcome arrival of spring, those who head this way in the name of fun will find it’s an ideal time to explore the many area trails on two wheels. Biking is a popular activity to enjoy in this area year-round but in spring, the trails come with an extra splash of color and excitement as flowers begin to bloom and wildlife emerges. There’s no need to worry about bringing your own gear if you’re hoping to pack light for your spring road trip. There are plenty of bike rental companies across the Gull Lake area as well as the surrounding communities that can offer up rental options by the hour, day or even week upon request. When you’re excited to start putting your biking plans together, make sure you’ve added the Paul Bunyan Trail to the itinerary. While the entirety of this iconic trail spans 75-miles, it’s easily broken into sections that fit your plans or skill level. The trail is smoothly paved, and is a popular option for bikes, hikers, and skaters alike!

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Try Fishing This Spring

When spring rolls around, the fish in Gull Lake start biting. This makes it a particularly exciting time of year for those who are enthusiastic anglers to plan a road trip this direction. In total, Gull Lake offers up over 9,900 acres to explore with a fishing line in hand. Many anglers are excited to find that it’s in fact only one part of the greater Gull Lake Reservoir chain of lakes! About 30 percent of the lake is shallower than 15 feet and boasts wonderful water clarity. The maximum depth across Gull Lake is measured at 80-feet. Those who cast a line here can expect to reel in everything from Northern Pike, Rock Bass and Yellow Perch to Walleye, Yellow Bullhead, Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Green Sunfish, Black Bullhead and more! While experienced anglers will find it inviting to get out on the water solo and enjoy the adventure, Gull Lake has plenty of options to book fishing charters or private guides when you could use a refresher or are trying for the first time.

Enjoy the Best of Golfing

For those who have a passion for time on the greens, spring tends to be the very best season for golf. If you’re planning a Gull Lake road trip in the spring, booking a few tee times is a must with the weather and lesser crowds very much on your side. The Pines in nearby Nisswa is a wonderful option for those looking to pair scenery with a great challenge while The Birch Bay Golf Course is always a delight for those looking forward to a round or two. The Legacy courses designed by Tom Lehman are a must for those who are looking to elevate their game during a visit.

Give Brainerd Zipline Tours a Try

The Gull Lake terrain comes to life in color in the spring and there’s no better way to see it all than from a bird’s eye view. Head over to Brainerd Zipline Tours while you’re in town and make the most of the thrill while also capturing some unsurpassed views along the way. Guests can easily book a 2.5-hour guided zip line tour that includes time on a suspended sky bridge, exploring 7 ziplines and even participating in a 50-foot free fall jump while you’re here!  If heart-pounding fun is what you’re looking for, this is the place to be.

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When it’s time to unwind and let go of stress that builds in the hustle and bustle of the daily routine, planning a pristine getaway to scenic Minnesota is the key to turning it all around—especially if your final destination happens to be the Gull Lake region of the state! This inviting and endlessly appealing locale is loved by travelers from near and far for just as many reasons as there are travel interests. Gull Lake is a great place for outdoor adventurers looking for dynamic terrain to explore, but it’s also built for those who can envision themselves shopping and dining their way through a restorative stay as well.

It’s fair to say that Gull Lake and the surrounding communities are year-round destinations that have something in store for everyone no matter what time of year you happen to have time off from the daily grind. With thousands of feet of lakeshore available to explore, outdoor recreation opportunities in abundance and a plethora of in-town entertainment, there’s no shortage of options for fun. Whether you’re traveling solo, as a couple, or in the company of family and friends, a Gull Lake getaway is simple to customize according to travel preference and style. This is thanks to the area’s diverse terrain and activity lineup that’s built for a personalized adventure every step of the way. When you’re fortunate enough to have time to travel to Gull Lake in winter or spring, consider this your ultimate guide to a trip that’s fun from start to finish!

Winter Seasonal Highlights

When the snow falls in the Gull Lake region of Minnesota, the wintry world opens up with possibilities for fun for travelers, visitors, and locals alike. In fact, many travelers who have a passion for outdoor adventure prefer to venture this way in the winter when temperatures drop and they’re invited to bundle up and hit the slopes, trails, and crystalized terrain. Yes, the temperatures fall drastically in Minnesota in the winter, but if you’re brave enough to bundle up and face it, then you’ll find adventure around nearly every corner.

Winter in Gull Lake

If skiing your way through winter is just your style, then time spent at Mount Ski Gull is bound to thrill. This beloved ski park is the perfect place to put your slope-side skills to the test or learn to ski for the very first time! Equipped with great lifts and runs for all skill levels, visitors will find there’s every reason to spend more than one day exploring and enjoying the surroundings. On-site rentals mean you don’t have to worry about packing all that winter gear if you’re hoping to travel light. Mount Ski Gull is a great place to experience the best of winter in this region with ease. Other winter fun activities are readily available to be enjoyed at Mount Ski Gull as well. Visitors can make the most of snowboarding options while they’re here or hit the tubing slides if you happen to be visiting with little ones in tow.

Ice fishing is another popular wintertime activity for visitors to enjoy in the Gull Lake area of Minnesota. The drastic drop in temperatures helps the area waterways quickly freeze to a point where it’s safe to head out with a line and pole and put your luck to the test. In fact, Gull Lake hosts the annual Ice Fishing Extravaganza because the biting is so good this time of year. This fun and charitable event is a great time to try ice fishing for the first time or watch the experts at work for a good cause.

Ice Fishing during Winter in Gull Lake

The many trails that come to life for hiking in the summer throughout the Gull Lake area are not off-limits to travelers in the winter. These trails actually transform into ideal snowshoeing routes for those looking to take to the great outdoors in a unique style at their very own pace. Rent a pair of snowshoes and hit the trails with the entire family in tow and don’t forget to bring your camera with you. This leisurely activity can be great when paired with opportunities for photo sessions that highlight the beauty of your wintery surroundings.

For those that are looking for more traditional Minnesota wintertime fun, both ice skating and ice hockey are popular options this time of year. Gull Lake hosts both indoor and outdoor arenas where you can join in on a hockey game that’s underway or try out some new moves on figure skates.

Cozy up in a Warm and Savory Stop

When there’s a winter chill in the air and you’re visiting Gull Lake, there’s nothing better than finding those cozy coffee shops and restaurants to warm up in. Fortunately, there are many options to choose from when you head this way! Adirondack Coffee in Nisswa is a fan favorite when you’re looking for a warm and refreshing caffeine kick served up in charming surroundings. StoneHouse Coffee & Roastery in Nisswa also promises to elevate the latte and espresso experience to a new level of excellence after an afternoon of outdoor winter fun. For those looking to pair their cup of Joe with an all-day breakfast option, heading over to The Iron Waffle Coffee Company in Nisswa is always a great option. Zorbaz in Lakeshore or The Lobby Café in East Gull Lake have much to offer in the way of warm beverages and breakfast goodies as well!

Indoor Fun for Everyone

While outdoor fun is easy to find in the winter in Gull Lake, those who prefer an indoor approach to a blustery adventure will find what they’re looking for too. If you happen to be a history buff, you’ll find that this region is packed with stops that dive deep into the area’s past and stories. From time at the Crow Wing County Historical Society and Museum to the Paul Bunyan Land and Old Farm Museum, visitor can spend time stepping into the past while learning what has grown the Gull Lakes region into the modern marvel it is today.

Enjoy a Winter Show

When the snow falls, there’s something fun about knowing you have tickets in hand for a fun show or two during a stay in the Gull Lakes area. That’s exactly what winter travelers will find when they make the most of seasonal performances at the Central Lakes Community Performing Arts Center in Brainerd. Located conveniently at 501 W. College Drive, this performing arts center hosts great local talent year-round, and winter is no exception to the rule. Whether you’re looking for comedy, musicals, or dance, this the place you’ll find it.

Spring Seasonal Highlights

While winter in Gull Lake is a great time for ski enthusiasts to bundle up and hit the slopes, spring sees that same snow melting away to reveal a wonderland of outdoor recreation for those who prefer a bit more of a warm weather approach to travel. As temperatures rise and flowers bloom across Gull Lake, visitors this time of year are treated to a true kaleidoscope of color, wildlife, and options for fun! Many families head this way in the spring to enjoy time outdoors without having to contend with summer travel crowds. It’s a great season to balance out indoor and outdoor activities that can be customized to ages of all kinds.

Spring in Gull Lake

Gull Lake itself opens up in the spring, offering a great and pristine place to enjoy everything from swimming and boating to cruising alongside a guide. While the water is bound to still be a bit chilly, those who are built for the thrill can make the most of a dip in the waters this time of year. Many spring travelers prefer to rent their own boat and get out on the waves to explore at their own pace. Lake Fun Rentals in Nisswa is a convenient place to reserve your vessel to make the most of a day on the water this spring. Of course, if you’re more in the mood for a guided tour, the team at Loon Cruise in East Gull Lake is more than happy to answer the call. Gull Lake Cruises also provides customized on-the-water adventures that are designed to inspire, educate, and provide some sensational views too. Many guests are thrilled to find that Gull Lake is over 15 miles long, and starting in May, it becomes a haven for anglers from near and far. Whether you’re an expert at casting a line or you can’t wait to put your skills to work, these waters promise an abundance of opportunity when spring rolls around.

Hiking and biking are other popular activities to enjoy in the spring in and around the Gull Lake area. Those looking for a more leisurely approach to spring trekking will be interested in the relatively flat terrain found in the Northland Arboretum in Brainerd. When you’re on the hunt for the most scenic of routes that are fun for everyone, hit up the iconic Paul Bunyan Trail which covers more than 120 miles of land in total, but can easily be split up to match your preferences for a single day of adventure. Those with a passion for mountain-biking exploration will find a thrill waiting for them at the Cuyuna County State Recreation Area. Complete with lakes, old mine pits and challenging trails, it’s a great biking destination for those looking to elevate their cycling skills to the next level.

For those who are up for a bit of a unique adventure, there are options in this area to enjoy a horseback trail ride when spring in Gull Lake rolls around as well. If you’re in the mood to saddle up and savor the scenery on horseback, places like Pine River Riding Stable, Outback Trail Rides, and Spirit Horse Center Inc offer guided trail experiences for riders of all skill levels.

Family Fun Spring Experiences

The wonderful weather and seemingly endless lineup of activities makes Gull Lake and the surrounding communities perfect for a family adventure packed with fun in the springtime. When you’re here this time of year and looking to pair entertainment with education, head over to the Safari North Wildlife Park at least once. This wild stop offers up a chance to engage with animals on a new level and visitors can enjoy everything from riding camels and communing with parakeets to feeding giraffes during a visit. A stop here gives visitors a chance to encounter some incredible animals while simultaneously learning more about conservation efforts and animal behavior and habitats. There’s even a kids play area that’s open starting in May.

Another fun family stop in this area is Kart Kountry. If your family is the type that loves adrenaline-pumping fun and a bit of friendly competition too, this is the place to be. Here, visitors can make the most of time on a thrilling go-kart track complete with addition batting cages, onsite bungee bounces, and a virtual reality attraction to check out too.

For the family that can’t get enough of mini golf no matter where they roam, a spring trip to Gull Lake promises not to disappoint. Take time to enjoy a round or two at Whistling Wolf & Dark Moon Mini Golf or try Pirates’ Cove Adventure Golf in Brainerd for some swashbuckling-themed family fun.

When you’re ready to take things up a notch, time at the Brainerd International Raceway this spring is a must. There are events here hosted throughout the spring and summer ranging from superbike races and drag racing to BIR Performance Driving school options. Whether you’re excited to see the action or can’t wait to try your luck behind the wheel of a race car, a visit is most definitely worth your while.

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No matter what season it is that brings you to Gull Lake, the property professionals at Gull Lake Beach Resorts are here to help you find accommodations to top off the fun experience. Let us handle your details so you can focus on the adventure! Reach out today to learn more about our many rental property options around Gull Lake and how we can help you start planning your next trip. We can’t wait to see you in Minnesota soon!

The summer season is the bright spot at the end of a long Minnesota winter. This past summer season, Gull Lake was full of locals and travelers alike enjoying everything the beautiful lake has to offer. With the warm weather of summer just a few months away, optimistic vacationers look past wintertime and look forward to the next opportunity to take to the lake, explore Brainerd and Nisswa, and enjoy the great outdoors.

It’s the time of year where the best meals are served right off the grill and desserts always include chocolate, marshmallows, and graham crackers. It’s when people travel from everywhere to see what a Minnesota summer is all about. It’s when the day lasts long enough to enjoy the sunset after dinner, and there’s still enough time to get one last dip in at Gull Lake. Best of all, it’s the time that families can get away from life long enough to enjoy everything the beautiful outdoors has to offer.

As you daydream of warmer days, keep these special dates in mind. Here at Gull Lake Beach Resorts, we are already booking for these 2022 vacation dates!


Memorial Day weekend is the official kickoff to the summer season in Minnesota. Gull Lake Beach Resorts’ guests are firing up the grills, starting up the pontoons, and enjoying the first of many trips that will be spent on the lake. We offer pontoon and fishing boat rentals, which are perfect for anyone looking for a little time off-grid. We invite all our guests to bring along their own boat as we offer boat lifts, great for breaking your boat out after a long winter!


Is there a better way to celebrate the conclusion of another school year than with a trip to Gull Lake? As a kid, there are few things better than knowing you are on your way to the lake and starting summer off right! Gull Lake Beach Resorts is a family resort, where we have playgrounds onsite and board games provided in each unit, ready for kids to get their play on. Not to mention the lily pad and water tubes ready to reserve on a first-come, first-served basis!


The best way to celebrate America’s favorite holiday in Minnesota is on the lake, with a week of family fun and memories that are sure to last a lifetime. In the Nisswa area, you can choose from dozens of summer activities including golfing, fishing, or boating. Then, end the fun-filled day by heading back to Gull Lake Beach Resorts and putting some food on the grill or grabbing a bite to eat at Ernie’s On Gull.

As you may have guessed, this time is extremely popular at Gull Lake Beach Resorts and availability is limited. There is still plenty of sun and fun to go around on the dates surrounding the Fourth of July but be sure to make these plans sooner rather than later!


Labor Day weekend is the perfect chance to head to Gull Lake for a late-season family vacation to soak up the last warm days of the season. Whether you gather the girls for a girls’ trip on Gull Lake or round up the family to enjoy one last lakeside getaway, there’s no better way to spend a weekend of no work and all play.

Here at Gull Lake Beach Resorts, we’re excited about what the 2022 Summer season has to offer! It is truly one of our favorite times of the year, as we get to see recurring guests and welcome new guests. If you are looking to visit during any of these times next year, contact us at 218-656-6965 and we will get your vacation planning started with Gull Lake Beach Resorts and the “best beach on Gull Lake!”

We’ve all been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic for more than a year now, and the itch to get back to “normal” is stronger than ever. But what does our new normal look like? How can we continue to protect our family’s health while enjoying life to the fullest?

Gull Lake is a destination that checks all the boxes during these “Covid times.” As travelers are forced to reconsider where to go, how to get there, and the safety precautions they need to take, this peaceful spot in Central Minnesota beckons those who need a getaway without all the risks.


Though Gull Lake is only a 2.5-hour drive from the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, many travelers are still hesitant to hop on a commercial airplane just yet. Gull Lake is simple to navigate by car, easily accessible from U.S. Interstates 94 and 35, and Minnesota State Highway 371.

Health experts advise driving to your destination during off-peak times when public rest stops are typically less crowded. Pack the car with your own drinks and snacks to avoid standing in lines inside convenience stores along the way. And of course, keep sanitizers in the car and keep your distance from others when you do need to make a pitstop.


It’s hard to overstate the beauty and tranquility of Gull Lake, especially during the summer months when the area is lush and alive with activity. Health experts agree that risk of Covid transmission is low in the great outdoors. And you won’t find any crowds on Gull Lake – just acres and acres of forests and water that create an unspoiled playground for kids and adults alike.

Guests to Gull Lake Beach Resorts will enjoy THE best beaches on the lake – hands down. A leisurely stroll on the sand or sitting by a firepit at the water’s edge poses little risk for catching Covid, but a guaranteed dose of fresh air and relaxation. For a bit more adventure, Gull Lake offers an abundance of outdoor activities such as fishing, boating, skiing, swimming, grilling, hiking, biking, golf and more. You’ll be amazed by how nature can recharge your batteries when you allow yourself to slow down and take it all in.


Possibly the best part about Gull Lake is that our resorts have no indoor common areas – just your own private cabin and lots of outside fun! You don’t have to worry about donning your mask at a check-in desk inside a stuffy lobby, and there are no elevators or enclosed stairwells to navigate. Simply proceed to your rental unit and let the vacationing begin.

The idea of a summer beach vacation can conjure up images of crowded ocean beaches with high temperatures and even higher humidity. But, in our opinion, the freshwater beaches of Gull Lake are far better. Clean and uncrowded, Gull Lake beaches are the perfect destination to enjoy the glorious Minnesota summer.

At Gull Lake Beach Resorts, we’re committed to the highest level of guest health and safety. All our units are thoroughly cleaned and sanitized to ensure they meet the elevated expectations of today’s traveler. Our attention to professional care and maintenance of each unit will add to the comfort and enjoyment of your lakeside getaway.

If you’re looking for a safe and fun place to escape from quarantine and make unforgettable memories, look no farther than Gull Lake Beach Resorts. This secluded area of Gull Lake is like its own little world, far from reality – the perfect backdrop for your next vacation.

Contact us today to book your private retreat!

Just a few years ago, the ability to pack our bags and hit the roads and skies in pursuit of beautiful destinations was an exciting idea that we assumed would simply always be available to us. Then 2020 happened. More quickly than anyone could have imagined, traveling wasn’t only inaccessible, it was nearly impossible. Those places we had planned on visiting without worry felt suddenly out of reach without a clear indication of when they would be accessible again.

When travel isn’t possible, it has a way of manifesting its importance. Getting out and exploring is more than just something we want to do, it’s something that speaks to us on a fundamental level and in 2021, there’s a tangible sense of relief in the idea that the world is opening up once again!

With Memorial Day around the corner, it’s the prime moment to begin planning a refreshing adventure and in so many ways, Gull Lake, Minnesota is calling your name! A Gull Lake vacation is an ideal Memorial Day destination in 2021 thanks to the fact that it offers up an abundance of fun activities travelers will love and pairs it with just as many open-air spaces to enjoy the scenery. This provides that much-needed balance between entertainment and space to feel secure for those still leaning on the side of caution when it comes to social distancing.

Whether you’re a traveler with a passion for the great outdoors or someone who is just excited to be able to wake up somewhere new this Memorial Day, Gull Lake promises to be a place that brings you back time and again. When you’re in the process of putting the finishing touches on your Memorial Day itinerary, don’t forget to keep the following highlights in mind. Above all, happy traveling!

Book a Stay That Provides Comfort and Style

Knowing you can travel to Gull Lake this Memorial Day is thrilling on its own, but that doesn’t mean you should sacrifice anything in the way of luxury, comfort, or style. During your Memorial Day adventure, be sure to book a vacation rental with the help of property professionals at Gull Lake Beach Resorts that keeps you close to the fun, surrounded by ideal scenery, and immersed in a space that’s spacious, beautiful, and inviting.

Many of these properties sit lakeside, offering up a chance to wake up to the waves every day of your stay. When you’re not enjoying the view from indoors through floor-to-ceiling windows that dot an open concept design, you can just as easily be getting a closer look from the privacy of a deck, patio, or balcony. Wake up with the sunrise and enjoy a hot cup of coffee or make the most of starry evenings with a glass of wine. Either way, these property features promise to bring a lot to your Memorial Day escape!

Fully equipped kitchens in these rentals make it simple to alternate between dining in and dining out during your Memorial Day travels in Gull Lake. Furnishings are sure to please and pair home-inspired comforts with Gull Lake style, often incorporating decorative touches that highlight the beauty of the indoors right inside. Booking a stay with access to Wi-Fi means visitors can easily stream the shows and movies they love during a getaway while settling into a property with large bedrooms means all of your fun is rewarded with a great sleep too.

Of course, the extras are always worth asking about! Gull Lake Beach Resorts provides Memorial Day travelers with access to properties that include cozy fireplaces for those evenings when the best thing is simply settling around the fire with those you love most.

Explore the Gull Lake Recreation Area

When you’re ready for some outdoor fun, the Gull Lake Recreation Area is the place to enjoy exactly that. This East Gull Lake hot spot is an ideal destination when you’re ready to lace up your boots and hit the trails this Memorial Day. The scenic landscape is dotted with convenient picnic tables too so if you’re in the mood for a midday snack, you don’t have to look far to settle in alongside Mother Nature.

Check Out the Water Via Kayak

Gull Lake is one of many waterways that grace the landscape of this area of Minnesota, and as such, it’s not surprising that it’s become a kayaking hot spot on the map! Travelers from near and far will find Memorial Day to be a great moment to rent a kayak and begin exploring now that the snow and ice have retreated. Both Adventure to Go and Lake Fun Rentals in nearby Nisswa are great options when you’re looking to rent the gear you need for an amazing time on the water.

Enjoy Your Gull Lake Vacation

Your Memorial Day Gull Lake vacation has been a long time in the making. Get started turning plans into travel realities by contacting our team and letting Gull Lake Beach Resorts handle your accommodations so you can focus on the fun. Get to packing and we’ll see you in Gull Lake, Minnesota soon!