If you aren’t staying at a resort on the water, Gull Lake Recreation Area is among the area’s most popular public beaches. It has camping, picnic areas and sits along the new 11-mile paved East Gull Lake Trail. The trail connects bicyclists to Cragun’s and Madden’s resorts, which each have dining and refreshments along the lakefront.
Gull Lake Recreation Area
10867 E. Gull Lake Dr., Brainerd, 56401, MN