Thursday, January 14, 2010

It's almost time for the 2010 Crosslake WINTERFEST

Friday, February 5th, starts off with a bonfire, s’mores, hot chocolate, ice skating, snowman building contest, horse-drawn hay rides, and lots of fun at the Crosslake Community Center from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 6th, Radar Runs, SoupFest, Medallion Hunt, Pancake Breakfast, Winter Olympics, Bocce Ball, kids activities, Helicopter Rides and much more!

The Helicopter Rides are so cool!! We were able to see the top of our house.

Go here for more information:

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas Everyone!!!

Sitting here in my warm little house with the early morning dawning, looking out at the new fallen snow, I can't help but feel the magnificence of the season.
I also say a prayer for all of those who are lonely or cold or lost on this day of joy.

Thursday, November 26, 2009


I am one of those very fortunate, very blessed people. I love where I live. I love my family and friends. My heart is thankful beyond measure. I am grateful for so many things, too many to list here. I wish you all a peaceful and joyful Thanksgiving from Crosslake, MN!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Crosslake’s Light up the Town Celebration

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Spend the day shopping in Crosslake and stay for the town lighting at 5:00 p.m.

Pick up your "Nice List" at participating merchants and spend a leisurely afternoon shopping at our unique and exceptional stores where you can find something for everyone on your holiday gift list.

Have your card stamped during your shopping session, sample and vote for your favorite cookie, then bring your card back to the Crosslake Chamber welcome center for your chance to win prizes. Take your time, there’s lots of shopping to do!

When you’re done shopping, head on over to the bonfire, where we will have s’mores, hot chocolate and much more!

Come join us for a truly festive, fun filled day in Crosslake!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Crosslake Days Thank You

We would like to acknowledge the efforts of the Crosslake Days volunteers who helped make the event a huge success: Event chair and Chili Cook-off coordinator: Doreen Gallaway; Car Show organizers: Dave and Annette Sorenson of Crosslake Auto Body, Jeff Cripps, and Vicki Erickson of Wes Hanson Builders; Kid’s Day in the Park: Crystal Glaser or Whitefish Properties; Coronation and Kid’s Costume Party: Jane and Jerry Pollock of Moonlite Bay; Tour of colors Bike Ride organizer: BIll Forsythe of the Pine Patch. We would also like to thank all the softball teams and umpires that particiapted in this year’s tournament: Build-All Lumber, Lakewood Banks, Moonlite Bay and Northland Press, and umpires Scott Gallaway, Brian Olds and Bruce Peck. And to the many othe volunters not mentioned by name, your efforts were greatly appreciated.
Paul & Joanne, Northland Press

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Crosslake Days Sep. 23-27, 2009

Crosslake Days Activities
"Search for the Lost Treasure"
One clue revealed every Monday beginning Sept. 1st through Sept. 21. Clues available at various Crosslake area merchants, all Brainerd Lakes Chamber offices, Additional sites will be listed as soon as they become available. Winner receives treasure chest goodies from Crosslake area merchants!
CLUE #1 - It is that time of year for the treasure to appear. Where oh where could it be? The pirates shipwrecked not far from the deck. Good luck oh ye pirates, good luck!
CLUE #2 - Where the peak and pets meet is where it will be. But stay far away from last years treat!
CLUE #3 - It may be getting colder but the weekend fun is always hot where I am at!
CLUE #4 - Do not let the leprechaun fool you away! For his time will come... the luck of the pirate is here today!

Royalty Coronation, Moonlite Bay, 6pm at Moonlite Bay followed by...
Kid’s Pirate Costume Party for pirate’s 12 and under. Goodie bags for kids in costume. Best costumes announced at 7 p.m. Kids get free hot dogs & pop till gone.

"Battle for the Trophy" Softball Tourney, 5:45-7:30pm (1st Round) Crosslake Community Park
Wayne Renn Band DVD Release Party, 8:30pm-12:30am, Wolfhound Bar, Emily, MN
Wine Tasting, Moonlite Square Liquor, 6-8pm Enjoy free samples!

8th Annual Classic & Custom Car & Motorcycle Show, 9am-3pm
Food and Beer Garden at the Car/Motorcycle Show, catered by Manhattans, 11am-6pm,
Live Entertainment at the Car/Motorcycle Show from 9am - 3pm
Click here to download application for car show
23rd Annual Chili Cook Off, Noon at participating Crosslake area merchants
Tour of Colors Bicycle Ride, check in 7:30-9:30am
Click here to download application for Bike Tour
Kids Day at the Park, 1-3pm, Crosslake Campground, Free carnival games, prizes, candy, popcorn, and rootbeer floats for the kids, while supplies last! For kids 12 and under.
Arts & Crafts Fair, 9am-4pm, Exchange parking lot
Click here to download application for craft fair
Cider & Candlelight Tour, Historic Log Village, 7pm
Outdoor Live Performance by Hairball, Manhattan Beach Lodge, 6-10pm
Little Pirate’s Treasure Hunt, Pirate’s 10 & under, Moonlite Bay, 11-1pm, Hunt for prizes and money!
Artist Reception for Stephen Henning 1-4pm, Lakes Area Gallery & Frame Shoppe. Meet a minnesota artist with Int’l recognition. Large selection of Stephen’s art on display and for sale.
Pirate Tattoos! 9:30-5PM, Dress the part! Judy’s House of Gifts. Beginning Mon. Sept. 14th, In Store Sale, 30-80% off!
S.T.A.R.T. Band, Maucieri’s Restarant, 8:00pm. All Ages Welcome, Food and drink specials!
Breaded Pork Tenderloin Dinner, Crosslake Presbyterian Church, "The Last Generation" musical group, Kid’s activities, 4:30-6:30pm Also drawing for door prizes!
Mini Golf Tournament, Whistling Wolf Mini Golf, 5pm, Kids 18 and under
Sailor Jerry Rum Sampling, Moonlite Square, Noon-2pm
Bake Sale & Concessions, Home Baked Goodies, Walking Tacos, pickles and much more made for you by the Crosslake Community School. Location: Car & Motorcycle Show, old Catholic Church, 7am-6pm
Coffee Tasting, Lake Country Crafts & Cones, all day event
Food and Beer Garden at the Car & Motorcycle Show catered by Manhattans,
Jul Kaffe Fest, Crosslake Lutheran Church, 9am
23rd Annual Whitefish Area Lions Bazaar & Bake Sale, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Crosslake Community Center
Pirate Scarecrow Contest, Crosslake Area Library

Sunday, Sept. 27th
"Battle for the Trophy" Softball Championship, 1pm, Crosslake Community Park

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Pine Peaks Restaurant

This is one of the best sit-down, family-friendly, clean restaurants in Crosslake. I have never had a bad meal or bad service! And despite how great it is, it's rarely over-crowded. The restaurant is nestled in a nice little spot between the Holiday gas station, the Haven Bookstore, and the Pine Peaks Lodge and Suites. I haven't stayed at the Lodge but I've heard really nice things about it. There's also a cute gift shop connected to the restaurant. Pine Peaks Restaurant is open 7 days a week 6:30 am – 8:30 pm.

This link will show you a small interior view of the restaurant and allow you to search other amenities in our area.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Big Trout Lake and Manhattan Beach Lodge

Big Trout Lake is over 13oo acres. It's part of the Whitefish Chain of lakes, meaning that it connects to other lakes in our area. The Big Trout Lake Access Area is on Route 66/#3. It's a great lake for boating, water-sports, and fishing. Lake trout have been stocked regularly since 1979. Another neat thing about Big Trout is that you can dock your boat right at Manhattan Beach Lodge. As their sign says; "Restuarant . Lodge . Sunsets". Have something to eat or drink, and relax. Life's beautiful, take time to enjoy it.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Scrumpdillyicious Dairy Queen

Located right next to "the People's Store Antiques". Nothing better than getting a treat and going to the Dam and watching the sun set. Sweet!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Gas and Goceries

The population in Crosslake is guestimated to be somewhere around 3,000 (stats courtesy of, although the tourists in the summer make it seem like a lot more.
Reed's Market is our local grocery store. It's a good sized store, almost as big as Cub/Hugo's/Super One. Attached to the store is one of three in-town gas stations, Reed's Gas Express. We also have a Holiday Gas Station which you can see by rotating the weathercam. And there's gas at Moonlight Square/Profuel. Moonlight Square also has a Subway and a liquor store in the same building. Gas prices are pretty much the same as everywhere else.

Friday, July 31, 2009


The Uppgaard Wildlife Management Area is a beautiful place to go walking, hiking, biking, etc... Be sure to bring your plant, bird, or wildlife identification books with you. The DNR maintains this 110 acres of woods and wetlands. Free maps are available at the entryway. The trails are well groomed. Along the path, are gardens with markers identifying the plants. I really enjoy the peace and the explorer spirit this area creates.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009


For those of you who like to hunt antiques, "The People's Store Antiques" has 2 floors of antiques.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Interested in the weather in Crosslake?

Here's the daily weathercam curtesy of Wes Hanson Builders. It's located on Route 66/#3. The cam can be rotated a bit. It can overlook the Holiday gas station or point toward the intersection near the Dam.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Crosslake Community Center

The Crosslake Comunity Center is a multi-purpose building. In it you will find the library with computer access, a gym, a work-out/weight room, and meeting rooms. The library is in the process of building a small terrace so patrons can read and enjoy the outdoors.
Outside you will find a large picnic shelter, a playground, ball fields, tennis courts, a basketball hoop, and in the winter there's an outdoor ice rink.

Thursday, July 16, 2009


The Staircase Landing is another quiet, out-of-the-way spot to enjoy nature. When the river is high enough, it's a great spot to go canoeing, kayaking, or tubing.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Crosslake Town Square

Just off the beaten path of Route 66/#3 is the Crosslake Town Square. It's an adorable addition to our town. It contains several shops, including a drug store, a clothing store, a pizza place, and several other novelty shops. Most importantly there's the Chocolate Ox, this store contains all kinds of goodies, from fudge, to ice cream, to candy and soda. And conveniently located next door to the Chocolate Ox, is Anytime Fitness, exercise away all those sweet treats.

All through the summer, there's a live music series on Saturday evenings from 6:30- 8:30 in the park.

To see who's playing, check here:

Northern Trackers Railroad Club, Inc. RR Models & Museum

Attention all model train fans: The Northern Trackers Railroad Club operates a model railroad replica of the trains that were in the Lakes area. The Club will hold its second annual Model Railroad Show & Flea Market from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 25, 2009 at the Crosslake Community Center. Besides trains and train equipment for sale, there will be operating model train layouts, a clinic on model building and lots of door prizes. Admission is $3 for adults with kids 12 and under for free.

To learn more about the club go here:

Crosslake Area Historical Society

One way to get to know a town is to learn its history. In 1799, Crosslake was the site of a fierce battle between the Ojibwe and the Sioux. Back in the 1800's, the big industry here was logging. The dams were created to help move the logs down the river. Eventually a railroad came through the area.

The Crosslake Area Historical Society has on display several original log buildings including the old school house, an old-time saloon and tourist cabin, a logger's cabin, the General Store, and the Crosslake Town Hall.

Visit here to learn more about the history of Crosslake and to view the Historical Society hours:

You will also find a lists of local lodging and restaurants here:

Crosslake Dam

The Ronald Louis Cloutier Recreation Area is better known as the Crosslake Dam. Located on Route 66/#3, it's easy to find. This is one of our favorite places to go. One of the best ways to relax in the evening is to get a Dairy Queen treat and lounge around the dam. You can picnic, swim, fish, play at the playground, camp, or go boating. Or a new fun thing to do is go Geocaching. Geocaching is a game played with your GPS. "Treasures" (usually not monetarily valuable) are hidden around the world and the coordinates are shared online. Using your GPS, follow the coordinates and find the treasure. There many Geocaches around Crosslake.

If you're interested in camping, please take a look at this brochure. It contains contact information as well as a map and other amenities.

Here are a few photos of the Dam. Come see the place for yourself. It really is much nicer in person.