Brainerd Lakes Area

The Brainerd Lakes Area, centrally located in the heart of Minnesota, is a vibrant region with a diverse economic base, high quality educational systems, and unparalleled natural beauty and recreational opportunities. Brainerd, the county seat of Crow Wing County, can be found along the banks of the Mississippi River, in the heart of Minnesota about two hours north of the Twin Cities, and nestled among more than 500 area lakes. Brainerd and Baxter cities serve as the region’s hub for many governmental, health care, and retail services. The region is home to nearly 100,000 year-round residents and thousands more seasonal residents and visitors. Health care, information technology, construction, and hospitality lead the list of large industry sectors.

Within a 30-minute drive of Brainerd/Baxter, you’ll find nearly two dozen distinctive communities with specialty retail stores, restaurants, recreational trails, attractions, lakes and rivers, and so much more.

Today the Brainerd Lakes Area is a premier vacation destination, in large part due to the abundant lakes and rivers, recreational opportunities, and the overall natural beauty of the region. Come visit Brainerd Lakes: Explore it. Live it.

Brainerd Lakes Chamber of Commerce 

City of Nisswa

The Gull Lake Chain of Lakes is in the heart of the Brainerd Lakes Area, just north of Brainerd and Baxter. Gull Lake is bordered by three communities – East Gull Lake, Nisswa and Lake Shore. In this Minnesota neighborhood, you will find first-class resorts, including three of the largest in the Midwest, as well as world-class golf. Gull Lake offers everything one could ask for – from boating or fishing to lodging or dining.

The city of Nisswa is home to Turtle Races, a community tradition dating back to the early 1960s! Each Wednesday during the summer months, families flock to Nisswa to participate in the fun that has survived the decades. Nisswa could be considered a city of traditions. Other annual events, such as the City of Lights and the Nisswa Jubilee, continue to be mainstays in the community. Hosted the Friday after Thanksgiving, the City of Lights celebration officially kicks off the Christmas holiday season in Nisswa. And of course, another tradition or trademark of Nisswa is the historically “pretty good” – as the sign proclaims – shopping.

Nisswa Chamber of Commerce