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Cross Lake Recreation Area

Crosslake, Minnesota

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About Cross Lake Recreation Area


Notice: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, is seeking public comment now through 22-APR on a request from the National Loon Foundation for a lease to construct, operate and maintain a National Loon Center within the Corps owned and operated Cross Lake Recreation Area in Crosslake, MN. To view and download the draft Environmental Assessment (EA) go to: www.mvp.usace.army.mil/Home/PublicNotices.aspx. Questions on the project or comments on the EA can be directed to Steven Clark, project biologist at 651-290-5278 or steven.j.clark@usace.army.mil. 

In Central Minnesota's popular lakes area, the Cross Lake Recreation Area is best known for
its picturesque sunsets, beautiful beaches and well-maintained campsites. The campground provides a full menu of activities for camping enthusiasts, while being located just minutes from shopping and paved bike trails.
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The recreation area provides plenty of water based entertainment like boating, water skiing and fishing. Two onsite beaches are convenient for swimming and sunbathing.


The sizable campground has 122 campsites including 91 with electric hookups. Additional amenities include two accessible hot shower facilities, two boat ramps, several playground areas, boat beaching, 2 picnic shelters, dump stations and accessible fishing piers.

Natural Features

Cross Lake Recreation Area is nestled among tall pines on the eastern banks of Cross Lake on the Whitefish Chain on Lakes. The area has tremendous appeal, with access to 13 natural lakes, 13,660 acres of water and 119 miles of scenic shoreline. The collection of lakes help form the Headwaters of the Mississippi River.

Nearby Attractions

The Recreation Area is located adjacent to the city of Crosslake and is just a short walk from shopping and a paved bike trail. It's also near the Crow Wing State Park where visitors can view the Mississippi River from the historic "Chippewa Lookout."

Charges & Cancellations

Reservations must check in within 24 hours of their scheduled arrival or risk their reservation being cancelled.

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