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Firewood Alert!: Only firewood certified, or approved by a state or federal natural resource agency is permitted. Certified firewood is available for purchase in the campground. Any unauthorized firewood in the campground may be removed and destroyed by Corps of Engineers staff.


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


Gull Lake Recreation area offers something for everyone with boating, hiking, fishing and swimming in Minnesota's famous Gull Lake, the largest of the 10 lakes on the Gull chain. Visitors will have the opportunity to see and hear an abundance of wildlife like bald eagles, deer, otters, a variety of songbirds and the legendary call of the loon.

Gull Lake is sure to peak the interest of archeology buffs as it is home to several Native American burial mounds dating back as early as 800 B.C. These mounds are believed to have originated from the Woodland American Indians and are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Natural Features:

The campground sits on the Gull River at the outlet of Gull Lake. The area was formed by a receding glacier that moved southward from Canada and carved the landscape. Gull Lake is one of the six headwaters projects of the Mississippi River watershed.


Anglers will delight in the large population of fish including stocked walleye, northern pike, bass and a variety of panfish. Boaters can access crystal clear waters throughout the chain of lakes and enjoy the peaceful sunsets overlooking the woods.


The campground is known for its well-spaced wooded sites, each with 50 or 30 amp electric hookups service, picnic tables and campfire rings. A boat ramp, beach and playground are also perks of the park.

Nearby Attractions:

Gull Lake is located minutes from 520 holes of golf, the 100-mile Paul Bunyan Trail, amusement parks, and numerous shopping opportunities in Brainerd, Baxter, and Nisswa.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Boat Ramp
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Accessible Sites
  • Accessible Swimming
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Electric Hookups
  • Firewood
  • Fish Cleaning Stations
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Hiking
  • Interpretive Trails
  • Parking Area
  • Pay Phone
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Playground
  • Ranger Station
  • Scenic Overlooks
  • Showers
  • Swimming
  • Trash Collection
  • Vault Toilets
  • Visitor Center
  • Water
Know Before You Go
  • Firewood restrictions are in effect to prevent the spread of forest insects and disease; Click here for more information.
  • Drinking water and vault toilets are available April 15 - Oct. 31
  • Shower building is open May 1 - Sept. 30
  • No sewer or water sites at this campground
  • 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):
46.41083, -94.35139
46°24'39"N, 94°21'5"W

From the intersection MN 210 and MN 371 in Baxter, drive north 5.8 miles. Turn left on CR 125 (Gull Lake Dam Road). Follow the signs for approximately 3 miles.

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Information:  (218)829-3334
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