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part ofMississippi River Headwaters - Cross Lake, US Army Corps of Engineers
Status: Open through Sat Oct 31 2015   Season Dates


In Central Minnesota's popular lakes area, the Crosslake Recreation Area has tremendous appeal for families and friends, with an array of facilities perfect for a day outdoors.

Natural Features:

Surrounded by tall pines on the eastern banks of Cross Lake, Crosslake Day-Use provides an ideal location to explore and enjoy the near 13 natural lakes, boasting 13,660 acres of water and 119 miles of scenic shoreline.


Swim, hike, sunbathe, picnic or get out on the lake with the help of the on-site boat ramp for launching canoes to powerboats.


The area offers two picnic pavilions with electricity, adjoining parking, a playground, extended picnic area and swimming beach. Both pavilions fit 50 guests.

Nearby Attractions:

Crosslake is just 10 minutes from shopping and a paved bike trail. It's also near the Crow Wing State Park where visitors can view the Mississippi River atop the historic "Chippewa Lookout."

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Fishing Dock
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Accessible Swimming
  • Boat Ramp
  • Dump Station
  • Fish Cleaning Stations
  • Hiking
  • Historic Sites
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Playground
  • Ranger Station
  • Showers
  • Swimming
Know Before You Go
  • This facility is open year-round
  • Don't Move Firewood: Protect your forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. Visit Dontmovefirewood.org for further information.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
46.66972, -94.10833
46°40'11"N, 94°6'30"W

From Brainerd, Minnesota. on Highway 25; turn right on County Road 3 and travel north to Crosslake, Minn. The Day Use area entrance is to the left, directly across from intersections 3 and 66.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

35507 COUNTY RD 66 PO BOX 36
CROSSLAKE  MN  56443-0036

Phone Number:

Information:  (218)692-2025
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Bureau of Land Management Federal Highway Administration National Oceanic Atmosphere Administration Smithsonian Institution USDA Forest Service US Army Corps of Engineers US Fish and Wildlife Service National Park Service Bureau of Engraving and Printing Tennessee Valley Authority Bureau of Reclamation National Archives Records Administration