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Crosslake Area Information
Crosslake is located in Crow Wing County, Minnesota, and is considered to be the unofficial gateway to the Whitefish Chain of Lakes. The Whitefish Chain is made up of 14 bodies of water, many of which fall within Crosslake or Pequot Lakes city limits; which leads it to be the most popular waterfront destination in Crosslake. However, there are many significant lakes that lie within its area, including Little Pine Lake, Daggett Lake, Goodrich Lake, O'Brien Lake, Velvet Lake, Greer Lake, Big Bird Lake, Pine Lake, and, of course, Cross Lake.
Crosslake can be accessed 30 minutes north of Brainerd, and 2 and a half hours north of Minneapolis. Crosslake itself lies between two north-south transit routes: State Highway 6, and State Highway 371. 30 minutes north of Crosslake, one can enter the Chippewa National Forest, and the vast system of parks beyond which extends all the way to Canada.
Students of Crosslake, MN are typically enrolled in Pequot Lakes or Crosby school districts, but also have the opportunity to attend Crosslake Community Charter School.
Crosslake is an area surrounded by vast, untouched natural beauty. However, it's not without its fair share of services, amenities and attractions. Most of these are situated along County Road 3, functioning as Crosslake's central corridor. Museums, community facilities, shops, and eateries can all be found on, or just off this main road.
Perhaps Crosslake's biggest attraction is the host of outdoor recreational activities that it offers residents and visitors in alike. The lakes provide ample opportunities for boating, fishing, and other water activities, while in the winter they can be used for skating and skiing.
Trails around Crosslake are excellent for hiking, horseback riding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing. And the properties themselves are well suited to entertainment - whether you're planning an outdoor barbecue or an indoor gathering.
And don't miss out on one of the many community events that happen throughout the year, including Winterfest, the St. Patrick's Day (voted best in MN!) Parade, various music events, and Celebrate Crosslake Days.
Coming soon to Crosslake is the National Loon Center, an interactive educational and recreational center and national destination for nature lovers and conservationists. The center is slated for opening in 2024.
BARS + DINING
Ox Lake Tavern - New to the Crosslake restaurant scene. Serving small plates, handhelds and crafted cocktails.
Zorbaz - Famous in the north for their pizza, 'MN Margaritas' and nightlife scene. A fun stop for locals and visitors alike!
Rafferty's Pizza - Located in Town Square, Rafferty’s is the perfect place to stop after seeing all that Crosslake has to offer. Enjoy good food in the sunshine while sitting on our outdoor dining patio.
Moonlight Bay - Pull the boat right up to their dock! Enjoy something from their full food menu or grab a cocktail on the patio directly overlooking Cross Lake.
Manhattan Beach Lodge - Another popular spot located right on the lake. Stop by in the summer for dinner paired with a great view!
The Wharf - Add to your list of stops on the Whitefish Chain! Serving lunch, signature cocktails, and breakfast on the weekends.
BEACHES + TRAILS
Cross Lake Recreation Area - This recreational area is nestled among tall pines on the eastern banks of Cross Lake on the Whitefish Chain of Lakes. and offers a vast variety of outdoor activities including boating, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, and two onsite beaches for swimming and sunbathing. 122 campsites are also available for rent! The Recreation Area is located adjacent to the city of Crosslake and is just a short walk from shopping and a paved bike trail.
Uppgaard Wildlife Management Area - Located about 15 minutes outside of Crosslake, Uppgaard offers a 110-acre tract of rolling woodlands, small lakes, and marshes.
Nordic Ridge Trail - The Nordic Ridge Recreation Area offers nearly 14 miles of multi-use trails year-round. The trailhead and parking lot is located at the Crosslake Community Center. The Nordic Ridge Trail is a perfect fall hike for all ages. At 2.2 miles, you’ll wind your way through woods with mature trees and around Cranberry Lake.
Crosslake Dog Park - Open from dawn to dusk daily, located on the west side of the city park.
Crosslake St. Patrick's Day Parade & Celebration - Declared Minnesota's best St. Patrick's Day party! This long-standing annual event boasts a 2 mile-long parade route and multiple days of planned activities to enjoy.
Winterfest - Good old-fashioned winter fun for the entire family! Three days of indoor and outdoor activities throughout Crosslake for all ages to enjoy!
Crosslake Days - A family-friendly event for all ages! This multiple-day event offers Art & Craft fairs, Lost Chili Pepper Hunt, Cider & Candlelight Tour, Corn-Hole Tournament, a chili cook-off and street dance to make this a weekend jam-packed full of fun!
4th of July Fireworks Display - An area tradition for more than 50 years! View the fireworks from your boat in the bay or the shores of Crosslake.
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