"There are many reasons why the Brainerd Lakes Area is a great place to live and conduct business. There is a strong network of support for companies and the community offers a safe, positive culture for raising a family."

— Tom Haglin, Owner, Lindar Corporation
  THE AREA > Lifestyle  

A lifestyle that's unique in Minnesota

The natural beauty of the Brainerd Lakes Area has drawn visitors to the region for more than 100 years and continues to be the primary reason for the area's surge in growth. It's also one of the primary reason for this area's exceptional quality of life. Add to that excellent healthcare and affordable and abundant housing that you would expect in a metropolitan area, and you can imagine why people move here.


Several major healthcare centers serve this area, providing everything from routine well-child appointments to state-of-the-art treatments.


Lake homes to well-planned residential developments, starter homes to hobby farms – there is a wide selection of housing and price ranges available in this area. Rental opportunities – homes, duplexes, townhomes, and apartments — are also an option here.


Climate history for Crow Wing County or climate chart
Land/Water climate history for Crow Wing County
Current Weather


Crime report from U.S. Census

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Community Links

Chambers of Commerce

Brainerd Lakes Chamber
Nisswa Chamber
Cuyuna Lakes Chamber 
Emily – Fifty Lakes Chamber
Garrison Commercial Club 
Outing Chamber 

Community Education &

Recreational Opportunities
Baxter Park & Rec
Brainerd Community Ed
Brainerd Park & Rec
Brainerd Community Action
Pequot Lakes Community Ed
Pequot Lakes Park & Rec
Nisswa Park & Rec
Crosslake Park & Rec
Crosby – Ironton Community Ed
Crosby Park & Rec
Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area
Crow Wing County 4-H
Kitchigami Regional Library System
Crow Wing County United Way
Crow Wing County Extension Service

Area Recreational Amenities

Hallett Center – Crosby
Brainerd Family Y.M.C.A 
Brainerd International Raceway
North Central Speedway
Ski Gull
Northland Arboretum
Paul Bunyan Trail
Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway
Brainerd Lunkers Baseball

Art & Music
Crossing Arts Alliance/Franklin Art Center
Heartland Symphony Orchestra
Legacy Chorale
Central Lakes College Theatre
Greater Lakes Area Performing Arts
Geritol Frolics (55+ performers)
Lakes Area Music Festival

Historical Societies
Crow Wing County Historical Society 
Nisswa Area Historical Society
Pequot Lakes Area Historical Society
Crosslake Area Historical Society
Cuyuna Heritage Preservation Society