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My family of 4 wants to take a resort trip. We'd like a place that is not just for fisherman, but we'd definitely take the boat to catch pike, gills, crappie, bass, whatever...pool, beach, lodge with restaurant, near some towns for day trips.

If you have any specific places...great! Or if have been to an area that is nice...let me know.

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Crosslake area, on the Whitefish Chain, offers that. Prices might not be as low as some other areas, but it has everything.

I am not on the chain (on smaller lake), but the chain is pretty fun, lots to see, restaurants on the water, good fishing. Lots to do for kids off the lake, i.e. Paul Bunyan land if they are still small, only about 20 miles away. Lots of golf (if you like that) and shopping at nearby towns - Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, etc. Gull Chain is also very similar, I am just not that familiar with it. I thinkt he water park in Crosslake is still in operation - big slides, etc., but not sure this year.

Have fun wherever you go!

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I would look at the Train Bell Resort on North Long by Brainerd. They have a lot of activities for the family along with a fairly good lake to fish. Also, other Brainerd lakes aren't far away for all your fishing needs along with golf courses, putt putt courses, car races, etc. Check out their HSOforum but it might be too late to book for this year.

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I have fond childhood memories of grandview lodge on gull lake in brainerd.

maddens is also on gull and nice as well. stuff for the whole family including day camps for the kids.

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It's tough to beat the Brainerd/Baxter, Nisswa area for options as far as resorts. There is a ton to do and see and lots of opportunities for excellent fishing.

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Coming from Red Wing. Brainerd/Baxter/Nisswa and/or Alexandria areas are probably far enough for you to drive. Grand View Lodge, Maddens or Craguns in the BBN area or Arrowwood is another excellent choice in the Alexandria area. Definately plenty to do around the resorts/area if your not fishing.

You can motor around the lakes as well to other resturants. If you nail down an area that you feel you're going to, post in the specific area forums for details on things to do, places to eat, etc.

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Arrowwood Resort on the Alexandria chain.

I've been here a couple of times and had lots of fun. They've added a water slide park to the resort. Rates include use of the executive putting green, bikes, and other outdoor equipment (water park not included). Also, they have jet skis and speed boats for rent and horse back riding. Fishing is good too. Visit the winery a short drive away.

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