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Nisswa Fall Festival (47th annual) & Smokin Hot BBQ Challenge '22: Saturday 17th! 7:30am - 8pm

Woods to Water will be competing in the annual Smokin' Hot BBQ Challenge once again!

⭐️ TIP: Get there early to snag tickets, available outside - the party is between Woods to Water and the Pickle! Enjoy a day of fun participating in events, live music, and shopping small in downtown Nisswa, all while taking in the sweet smell of smoked bbq. VIP tickets are still available through the Nisswa Chamber - get them before they run out for the full bbq experience.

7:00am-10:00am Nisswa Fire Department Pancake Breakfast - Nisswa Fire Department

10:00am First Medallion Hunt clue posted - The Dock Panther

12:00pm Second Medallion Hunt clue posted -…

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10 Tips for Hunting Season This Fall! 

Fall is right around the corner. Check your equipment and practice, practice, practice!


Bear hunting - 9/1/22
Archery Deer - 9/17/22
Take a kid hunting - 9/24/-9/25/22 Youth younger than 16 can hunt small game without a license but must be accompanied by an adult
Waterfowl - 9/24/22
Youth deer - 10/20-10/23/22
Pheasants - 10/15/22
Grouse - 9/17/22

10 Tips for Hunting Season This Fall!

1. Sight in your gun or bow - Shoot with the same bullets or broadheads you are going to hunt with.

2. Get your license ahead of time - Don’t be that guy the day before opener standing at the license counter 15 minutes before closing time.

3. Buy a safety harness if you hunt out…

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Check out these weekend events closing out August in the BLA!


  • Thursday 4pm - 8pm Northern Pacific Center | Farmer's Market
  • Thursday 5:30pm - 6:30pm The Woods | Meat Raffle Thursday
  • Thursday at 8:30pm The Woods | Top Gun at the Retro Drive-i


  • Friday 11:30 - 11:50 Pine Grove Zoo | Red Kangaroo Encounter at Pine Grove Zoo
  • Friday 6:30pm Brainerd Aldi Parking Lot | Awakening Tent Revival Worship Concert
  • Friday  9am - 4pm Pequot Lakes | Northern Lakes Rescue 3rd Annual Garage Sale
  • Friday at 6pm She's on 6th | 2022 Elbow Convention
  • Friday at 6pm The Woods | Summer Chili Dinner Concert with The Jazz Authority
  • Friday 8:30pm Commander | POP Syndrome Band
  • Friday 6pm - 6pm Crosslake | DIY Night @…

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Labor Day IN THE BLA: 

Plenty of fun happening in our neck of the woods over labor day weekend in the lakes area! Check out the schedule of fun.
AUGUST 25, 2022 - Sept 5th 2022

Thursday, August 25: 4-8pm Farmers Market at the Northern Pacific Center


Saturday August 27th: Bar Harbor Boat Show

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Fall is near! Tips on a successful season from our land specialist.

expert advice on Preparing your hunting land or planning ahead for fall fishing with tips on food plots, trail cams and more. 

"Summer in the BLA has been nothing short of a great time. As the summer months start to wind down, I can’t help to think what is next…. FALL."

The local BLA fishing report says the fishing is still great. Anglers will have to search in a little deeper water for walleyes at this time of the year. 15-23 feet have been an active range. Leeches and redtail shiners have been the ticket for live bait. Another method late in the summer months that works well is trolling small crankbaits. I have had great luck with both walleye and perch doing this, along with…

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Summer is floating away in the BLA!

Check out our top 10 MUST DOS before the end of the month below:

1. Go Sit on a Patio

2. Jump in the lake

3. Do a Watersport

4. Bike The Trails

5. Pick Berries

6. Visit The Zoo

7. Go To The Waterpark

8. Go Camping

9. Visit The Crow Wing County or State Fair

10. Check out the New Nisswa Falls Mini Golf Course

Have fun and soak up Summer!

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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 

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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…

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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…

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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…

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