Crosslake

Filed in Destinations by on February 18, 2014

When you're hungry, a local favorite is Manhattan Beach lodge, a historic restaurant dating back to 1929. Enjoy a meal by the water's edge at The Wharf or historic Moonlite Bay Family Restaurant and Bar built in 1933.

When you’re hungry, a local favorite is Manhattan Beach lodge, a historic restaurant dating back to 1929. Enjoy a meal by the water’s edge at The Wharf or historic Moonlite Bay Family Restaurant and Bar built in 1933.

Crosslake’s 2,150 year-round residents and 15,000-plus seasonal residents come together throughout the year to enjoy the Up North character of the vibrant community, located just 23 miles north of Brainerd in east central Minnesota.

It’s situated on the Whitefish Chain of Lakes, formed by the construction of a dam that raised the water level to create channels between Cross Lake and 14 interconnected lakes. The result: a spectacular 13,660 acres of water and 121 miles of shoreline.

Crosslake’s Main Street runs along Route 66 and is home to an active district of retail, restaurants, grocery, hardware and medical services. The Crosslake Town Square, an enjoyable gathering spot, includes shopping and is centered around a park and gazebo where the popular Crosslake Outdoor Music Series is held on Friday evenings throughout the summer.

The Crosslake Community Center, open year-round includes tennis courts, walking trails, a basketball court an a workout center. If you’d prefer to enjoy the great outdoors, you can bike, walk and in-line skate on the extensive 54-mile Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway that extends through Crosslake, Pequot Lakes, Breezy Point, Manhattan Beach, Pine River and Jenkins. The Paul Bunyan Trail offers another 110 miles of paved trails from Brainerd to Bemidji.

If you’re a golfer – whether avid or beginner – you have your choice of five outstanding professional golf courses within a five-mile radius of Crosslake. Crosslake services include medical care available at Essentia Health Clinic, a K-8 public school, high schools in Pequot Lakes, Pine River and Crosby, a library and numerous churches. A unique outdoor drive-in church service is held at The Crosslake Lutheran Church during the summer, drawing more than 500 worshipers who attend weekly services in their vehicles or outside on benches.

Must See Attractions Include:

  • Cross Lake Recreation Area at the Pine River Dam with campsites, boating, swimming and fishing.
  • Crosslake Historic Log Village with its pioneer log schoolhouse, general store, saloon and original Town Hall; furnished buildings date back to the 1880s.
  • Northern Trackers Railroad Club, Inc., RR Models & Museum depicts the history of railroading, logging and mining in the area – a fun tour for kids and parents.

For a complete events of calendar and lodging/tourism information, visit www.explorebrainerdlakes.com or www.whitefish.org.

 

 

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