Tourism: The local economy’s bread and butter

For more than 100 years, the Brainerd Lakes Area has been Minnesota’s playground. Hundreds of thousands of visitors are attracted to the area annually because of its lakes, golf courses and an array of recreational opportunities.

These amenities translate into an amazing quality of life for the local workforce. But it also shows that the Brainerd Lakes Area is battle-tested when it comes to maintaining a strong and thriving service industry and tourism sector.

By the numbers

• 63,000+ Area’s population (Swells significantly in the summer months)

• 450 Number of pristine lakes within 30 miles

• 13 Number of championship golf courses

• 90+ Number of resorts and hotels

Economic Impact of Tourism – Explore MN Tourism

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