Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. Winter recreational options abound in the Brainerd Lakes Area. A great central Minnesota attraction, Ski Gull near Gull Lake north of Brainerd offers great, affordable downhill skiing in a family-friendly environment. And snow tubing can be enjoyed in Breezy Point and Mount Ski Gull. Cross-country skiing trails, such as the well-maintained trails at the Northland Arboretum in Brainerd, can be found throughout the region from Pine River to Crosslake, and Breezy Point to Baxter.
The Brainerd Lakes Area offers more than 1,200 miles of well-groomed, well-mapped, interconnected snowmobile trails. Discover why the Brainerd Lakes Area is a premiere Minnesota destination all year long – winter, spring, summer, fall.
Snowmobile restrictions lifted on Paul Bunyan Trail. The Brainerd DNR Parks and Trails office announced that the signs prohibiting snowmobiles with metal traction devices from using the trail have been removed on the south end of the Paul Bunyan State Trail. Studded snowmobiles now are allowed on any stretch of the trail from Brainerd to Bemidji.
All trails are officially closed at this time.
Despite the recent snowfall throughout much of Minnesota, snowmobile trails are not yet ready for riding, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
Minnesota’s snowmobile trails officially open December 1; however, several conditions must be met before trails open and are ready for travel:
- Ground must be frozen allowing for crossings in wet areas.
- Trails must have adequate snow cover – about 12 inches – on the ground to allow for trail packing and grooming.
- Landowner permits that allow trails on private land must be in place.
- Trails must be cleared of dead fall, signs need to be in place and gates need to be opened.
The vast majority of the state’s 22,000 miles of groomed snowmobile trail system exists on private property with written permission from the landowner. The permission allows snowmobile use only from December 1 through March 31.
~Brainerd Dispatch, 11/13/14
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