Nisswa/East Gull Lake/Lake Shore

The Gull Lake Chain of Lakes is in the heart of the Brainerd Lakes Area, just north of Brainerd and Baxter. Gull Lake is bordered by three communities – East Gull Lake, Nisswa and Lake Shore. In this Minnesota neighborhood, you will find first-class resorts, including three of the largest in the Midwest, as well as world-class golf. Gull Lake offers everything one could ask for – from boating or fishing to lodging or dining. East Gull Lake, on the southern end of the lake, offers a scenic paved trail system as well as a small seasonal airport. The Gull Lake Dam Recreation Area, at the outlet of Gull Lake in East Gull Lake, offers a glimpse into the history of the region. Burial mounds – 12 complete and several partial – have been discovered on the site and are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Lake Shore community, on the northern end of the lake, represents nature’s beauty at its finest. Beautiful wooded areas along County Road 77 offer picturesque traveling, especially during the colorful fall season. Fritz Loven Park, with the winding Stony Brook, is a great place to sit and relax. The city of Nisswa is home to Turtle Races, a community tradition dating back to the early 1960s! Each Wednesday during the summer months, families flock to Nisswa to participate in the fun that has survived the decades. Nisswa could be considered a city of traditions. Other annual events, such as the City of Lights and the Nisswa Jubilee, continue to be mainstays in the community. Hosted the Friday after Thanksgiving, the City of Lights celebration officially kicks off the Christmas holiday season in Nisswa. And of course, another tradition or trademark of Nisswa is the historically “pretty good” – as the sign proclaims – shopping.