Woods to Water Blog

4th of July in the Lakes Area: what's happening

Catch the latest and greatest happenings (and many of the old annual traditions) right here! 

JULY 1st

Breezy Point | Johnny Cash + Neil Diamond Tribute on the deck at Dockside, Breezy Point Resort - 8:30PM


Crosslake | 10:00pm Fireworks display can be enjoyed on the water or from the shores of Cross Lake. Display is launched from Sand Island.

Breezy Point | Elvis on the deck at Dockside, Breezy Point Resort - 8:30PM


Breezy Point | LIVE MUSIC with Wyld Ryce on the deck at Dockside, Breezy Point Resort - 6:00PM

Crosslake | 10:00am - 4:00pm SUNDAY FUNDAY at Manhattan’s. Live music $3 drink + tap of the day. 

Nisswa |  Nisswa Freedom Days Celebration 

1321 Views, 0 Comments

Late Spring Outdoor Update: Open water season is here!

The sun is shining and the fish are starting to bite! Water temps are still cool, so anglers are having to work a little more for the fish.

Slip bobbers and a leach have been producing nice walleye and crappies! The smallmouth are aggressive and biting, too. Take a kid fishing is coming up June 10-12. Enjoy of a weekend of fishing with a kiddo and create memories of a lifetime. Licenses are not needed for this weekend of fishing!

Walleye Fun fact: Did you know that studies have shown that walleyes live as long as 29 years in some waters?

Behind the dirt with Jordan Yira: Food plot on a budget? Try a no-till plot! No-till plots are excellent plots for those that don’t have the heavy…

113 Views, 0 Comments

Memorial Day Weekend is here and we’re excited to celebrate the kick off to Summer here in the BLA! 



Check out our list of local happenings in the Brainerd Lakes Area this Memorial Day Weekend below!


Outpost Launch

Friday May 27th

A branch of MN Traders Co., The Outpost is a seasonal mercantile offering gourmet soft serve creations, traditional scoop ice cream, nostalgic bulk candy, grab-and-go picnic food, and a small selection of summer-essential retail goods – a one-stop shop for tourists and locals alike.



MN Traders Co Bend + Brew Yoga

Saturday May 28th 10:30am - 11:30am

Live Music 5:30-7:30pm Ted Feyder



Paws On The Patio

Saturday May 28th from 12pm - 4pm

A family and pet…

222 Views, 0 Comments

The kick off to Summer has begun and we're excited to get out there and enjoy it to it's fullest in the Brainerd Lakes Area!

Check out our list of 30+ things to get the fun started from local attractions, new businesses, community events and everyday activities below.


Attractions + to dos

  1. Get On The Water | Boat, paddle, and enjoy your recreation of choice on one of the many Great Lakes in the area! Ask us about recommendations for many types of boat or water toy rental resources!

  2. Paul Bunyan Land | Paul Bunyan Land is an amusement park located in Brainerd, Minnesota, on This Old Farm. Its trademark is the 26-foot-tall animated and talking statue of Paul Bunyan.

  3. Safari North Wildlife Park | Safari North is a family…

293 Views, 0 Comments

Spring where you at?! April Outdoor report: Many anglers are itching for ice to come off so they can get into a good spring crappie bite. The question that’s being asked all around: Will the ice be off for fishing opener?!

My guess is… Yes, we have seen very similar conditions to this in 2013. Mother Nature will come through. Some of the bigger lakes may take longer but there will be water to fish!



Season A kicked off in the woods for Turkey hunting. Some tough hunting conditions with rain, snow, sleet, and high winds made for some difficult hunting. Very little success occurred in the BLA. Hunters can expect to see better bird activity as temps rise and the sun shines. However, one can still have some luck if hunting fields or near…

170 Views, 0 Comments

We're heading into Easter weekend in the Brainerd Lakes! Check out our list of family-friendly Hoppenings:



Community Egg Hunt


Trailside Center, Pequot Lakes


Annual Children's Easter Egg Hunt


Nisswa American Legion


Jack Pine Center Community Easter Egg Hunt


Jack Pine Center, Pequot Lakes


Annual Easter Egg Hunt


Fritz Loven Park


Easter in the Garden!


Landsburg Nursery, Baxter


Easter Brunch at your favorite local restaurant!

MN Traders Co, The Wharf, Ganley's, A-Pine, Pine Peaks to name some local favorites.


Have a hoppy weekend!


123 Views, 0 Comments

Spring is here! Ice anglers are getting some good fishing in with these nice warm temps. The bite report is still hot in many areas for panfish and tip ups for big pike.




Turkey season is right around the corner! Season A kicks off April 13 and goes until the 19th. Then following are seasons B-F, giving hunters 6 days for their chosen time period. Hunters have until May 31st to bag a turkey. Early season turkey hunting is one of my favorite things to do. Hearing those birds gobbling in the morning will get any hunter fired up! Behind the Dirt- Land management tips from Jordan Yira: Early spring is a great opportunity to get food plots started and established. Frost seeding is one of the easiest methods to do. This method works great for…

229 Views, 0 Comments

After a 2-year hiatus, The Crosslake St. Paddy's Day PARADE IS BACK!

Voted Best St. Patrick's Day Celebration in the State of Minnesota - come join in on the fun for the 48th annual St. Patrick's Day party in Cross this Saturday! Dust off the lawn chairs, get your green on and load up the whole family for fun for all ages this weekend!




Gather your family and friends and Chase the Lucky Leprechaun to find the Pot O' Gold. Register for the 7th Annual Clover Dash 5K and/or kids race which takes place Saturday morning, March 19. The race begins and ends in Crosslake's Town Square, so after the race you're in the perfect spot for pre-parade entertainment and more!  




Check out the schedule of events listed below. ALL…

207 Views, 0 Comments

February came and went in the blink of an eye-and brought all kinds of weather with it.

One of my favorite things about winter in the BLA is the amount of winter outdoor opportunities! 



There is still a lot of great ice fishing to be done. Anglers make sure to get your new license on March 1st for the new upcoming fishing season! Some of my favorite fishing occurs in the late ice season. The pan fishing opportunities are abundant and you should have a little warmer weather to enjoy! As we start to shift toward spring, it’s a great time to walk your hunting property and do some scouting. Hunters can find a lot of great signs and maybe even some antlers. It’s never too early to think about land management tactics for the fall. I enjoy…

443 Views, 0 Comments

There's plenty of fun to be had in the Brainerd Lakes Area during the Winter. Check out our list of fun activities below to get outside and enjoy the TRUE NORTH.



Sledding, Tubing, Snowboarding and Downhill Skiing

The Brainerd Lakes Area offers excellent downhill skiing, snow boarding, and some of Minnesota’s best tubing with one of the largest tubing hills in Minnesota at Mount Ski Gull located just a short drive north of Brainerd and Baxter.

Big Sev Sledding | Brainerd

Sledding hill located at Hitch-Wayne Park off South Seventh Street. Sleds available for public use. 

Fritz Loven Park | Lake Shore

Bring your own sled and take a visit to Fritz Loven park for it's awesome free to the public sledding hill located near the…

426 Views, 0 Comments