Camping in Cross Lake, Minnesota

Camping in Cross Lake, Minnesota
The Crosslake area of Minnesota is conveniently located within 25 miles of Brainerd, providing a great number of options for outdoor pursuits and all forms of camping. Each campground and recreation area has its own unique combination of facilities and activities, so a little research will go a long way toward making your trip memorable.

Crosslake Recreation Area

Crosslake Recreation Area is an Army Corps of Engineers managed site. They offer discount passes (for age and disability). Electric and nonelectric tent camping, trailer camping and RV options are available and a dump station is provided.

The park is open all year. It has a picnic area, playground and beach swimming. Fish or boat on the water or go geocaching to explore and hunt for treasure.

Ronald Louis Cloutier Rec Area (COE-Crosslake)
Crosslake Dam
Crosslake Recreation Area
35507 County Road 66, Box 36
Crosslake, Minnesota 56442-0036
(218) 692-2025
(877) 444-6777 for reservations

Gull Lake Recreation Area

This location is on the Gull River and is open all year. Gull Lake provides wooded camping and undeveloped forest areas to explore. Hike, fish, go boating or swim. A playground is provided. ATVs are not welcome. Reservations are accepted.

Gull Lake Recreation Area
10867 E. Gull Lake Drive
Brainerd, Minnesota 56401-9413
(218) 829-3334
(877) 444-6777 for reservations
recreation.gov

Greer Lake Campground

Greer has beach swimming, fishing and dock access. Picnic areas and nature trails are available. Camping sites are first come, first served.

Greer Lake Campground
Crow Wing State Forest
1601 Minnesota Drive, Suite 2
Brainerd, Minnesota 56401
(218) 828-2565

Managed by Cuyuna State Recreation Area
307 3rd St.
Ironton, Minnesota 56455
(218) 546-5926

Crow Wing State Park

The park is open all year, but access to camping facilities might be limited due to road conditions in spring. RV sites, electric sites and cabin rentals are all available. Reservations are recommended for holidays and weekends.

There's fishing and swimming, and the park has canoe and boat rentals and a boat ramp. Crow Wing offers hiking, bike touring, ski trails and snowmobile trails. The park also provides naturalist activities, scenic views, historic sites and wildlife and bird watching opportunities.

Crow Wing State Park
3124 State Park Road
Brainerd, Minnesota 56401
(218) 825-3075
(866) 857-2757 for camping reservations

Clinton Converse Memorial Campground

The site offers camping (including group camping). Pets are allowed. Walk the nature trails or enjoy a picnic. There is dock access, with fishing and swimming allowed.

Clinton Converse Memorial Campground
Land O'Lakes State Forest
Outing, Minnesota

Managed by Cuyuna State Recreation Area
307 3rd St.
Ironton, Minnesota 56455
(218) 546-5926

Article Written By Alice Moon

Alice Moon is a freelance writer with more than 10 years of experience. She was chosen as a Smithsonian Institute intern, working for the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., and has traveled throughout Asia. Moon holds a Bachelor of Science in political science from Ball State University.

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