A; ;;;;; ;;;;;; ;;; across the Whitefish Chain of Lakes, where serene bays are perfect for
morning paddles. Water arcs high and
cools down summer’s heat as a Gull Lake
wakeboarder carves through a curve. A
bobber so;ly plunks into sunset-gold
water on Big Sandy Lake, and another
angler dreams of fresh fish for dinner.
More than 11,000 Minnesota lakes
draw people to their shores for all kinds
of aquatic fun, whether it’s a bright
summer day, foggy fall morning or brisk
winter weekend. They meld with every
vacation desire, from dreamy naps on
the dock and daybreak swims to pontoon
parties and full-thro;le speedboat or
Visitors to the Alexandria Lakes area,
home to one of America’s best bass lakes,
should stop by the Legacy of the Lakes
Museum to learn about the state’s boat
industry. Admire Chris-Cra;, Larson
Boats and handcra;ed wooden boats
and learn about historic resorts before
heading onto the water or digging your
toes into the sandy beach at Lake Carlos
With some of the state’s largest
resorts along its shore, Gull Lake in
the Brainerd Lakes area ranks among
Minnesota’s most storied bodies of
water and connects to seven other lakes.
Take a two-hour brunch, lunch, dinner
or sunset-and-moonlight trip on the
120-passenger Destiny Cruise boat.
You can also hire a local fishing guide to
help score a trophy catch or rent a ski boat
for watersports. During the winter, buzz
across lakes on snowmobiles or check
out the Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing
Extravaganza, one of the world’s largest
and most legendary contests with more
than 10,000 holes drilled into the ice.
Another option for laid-back
cruising is hopping aboard the Breezy
Belle paddleboat on nearby Pelican
in the summer.
bonus: an Elvis
GULL LAKE, NISSWA
Enjoy natural beauty and a bevy of activities year-round on
central Minnesota's famous waters. | LISA MEYERS MCCLINTICK
Did you know?
There are actually
11,842 lakes in
Minnesota that cover
10 or more acres.
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