Tuesday, October 19, 2021
The colors are very vibrant in Crosslake this fall. This small northern Minnesota city is a vacation haven for many. Staff photo by Howard Lestrud


It's like taking a permanent vacation

Want a dream vacation spot in the north woods?

Judy and I had the opportunity recently to take a three-day vacation in the north woods of Crosslake and adjoining chains of lakes.

Our reason for going north was to pay a visit to Judy's brother Curt and his family. Curt is a retired Minnesota State Trooper who fell in love with the north woods while he resided eight miles east of Brainerd.

Another reason for going north for a fall retreat was to see the vibrant fall colors near their peak the farther north you go.

Crosslake is part of the Brainerd Lakes Area, consisting of nearly 460 lakes within a 25-mile radius of Brainerd. Crosslake was incorporated in 1959. In 1972, nearby North Cross Lake was formally absorbed into the city of Crosslake.

Crosslake is nestled inside of many alluring lakes. The beautiful small town is a city in Crow Wing County.

There's plenty of wildlife dominating the Crosslake area. Deer are everywhere and it's even possible to have a run-in with a black bear.

Curt and Gail's three children, located within the Brainerd Lakes area, have all seen bear come close to their habitat. "I was going around a corner outside the garage when I was met by a big bear looking for garbage," remarked Ben, a son of Curt and Gail.

Curt has also had some close encounters with the Minnesota black bear. "I was out snowshoeing and looked behind me to see bear that must have been watching me for some time," said Curt.

We saw no bear during our recent visit but we did see a bushy tailed red fox and many deer.

What's is so appealing about Crosslake is that it is scenic and it is a fun place to summer, to winter and to spend retirement years.

Visit Crosslake any time of the year. It's many appealing sites will draw you there. Former Gold Medalist skater Kristi Yamagucci has a permanent home near Crosslake. Other celebrities including Tom Cruise and Oprah Winfrey have been spotted in the Whitefish Chain of Lakes.

Many people travel to other states, or to other countries for enjoyment. Stay within Minnesota and GO NORTH!



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