The rumors of the Brainerd Lakes Area’s demise are much exaggerated. Two days since a storm caused significant damage to some of the area’s most famous resorts, that’s the message that local chambers of commerce are sending to travelers.
Displaced and future visitors are urged to call the chamber offices for the most updated lodging availability across the Lakes Area. According to leaders, many smaller properties and “hidden gems” don’t list their available rooms online. That’s why the chambers say that they are the best source of information:
Brainerd Lakes Chamber
Nisswa Chamber of Commerce
Cuyuna Lakes Chamber of Commerce
After Sunday’s storm, much of the damage was centered on the Gull Lake area, between the communities of Baxter and Nisswa. Affected properties include familiar names like Madden’s and Cragun’s resorts, which are working to clean up debris but remain optimistic about reopening within two weeks. In an effort to rescue summer vacation plans, affected properties are temporarily referring displaced guests to the chambers to find other lodging options.
“There is no doubt that we had a significant event, but our beautiful area is not gone. These resorts will be back open for business much sooner than people think,” said Matt Kilian, president of the Brainerd Lakes Chamber in a press release. “In the meantime, we want visitors to know that they can still enjoy the Lakes Area. We still have some of the state’s best waters and activities that were completely unaffected by the storm.”
Other area destinations include Breezy Point, Crosslake, Nisswa, Pequot Lakes and the Cuyuna Range communities of Crosby, Deerwood, Ironton and Emily. Visit the chamber’s websites for more information.