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Gull Lake Recreation Area

Brainerd, Minnesota


10867 E Gull Lake Dr
Brainerd, Minnesota 56401
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Sites: 39
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 46.41107
Longitude: -94.35373

Elevation: 1203' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites no
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ Only 55+ Only no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Dump Station Dump Station ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot ?
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup no
  • Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP)
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • Public Phone Public Phone no
  • Water Water no
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms ?
  • Showers Showers ?
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault ?
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground ?
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails ?
  • Rec Room Rec Room ?
  • Casino Casino ?
  • Fishing Fishing ?
  • Beach Beach ?
  • Biking Biking ?
  • Boating Boating ?
  • Golf Golf ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes ?
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf ?
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts ?
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access ?

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12 Reviews

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Review Count: 40
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $28.00
Overall Rating:

This review is for weekend campers who do not need TV or WiFi. What an awesome, clean campground with extremely long sites. From previous reviews, some sites are tight to back in, no problem for me. There is a playground, fishhouses, docks, fishing from dam, swimming beach and places to walk. Please note that most of the retired patrons stay for the 14 day max, so it can be hard to get a spot on weekends. This is an awesome campground, camp host helped a kid in our group with a large mouth bass that he caught and didn't have a clue what to do next. At the end of the day the 13-year old said it was the best day of his life. I prefer this campground over several nearby State Parks. This is my second time here, was more relaxing than bring 6 boys and I will return. We camped at Gull Lake Recreation Area in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
30
Site Surface
Gravel, Sand, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes
Tips for other Campers:

I hope that those who live in their campers would try camping again, understand that there is only electric hookups here, turn off the tv, have a campfire every night and explore what the campground offers. Instead of rating affordable campgrounds lower for what they don't offer, find one that meets your needs. You have to pay for what you get. Let's go camping and have more fun! Teach a kid to fish.

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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $13.00
Overall Rating:

Mosquitoes all over. The sites are nice and roads paved. Too many trees: can't get satellite TV. Did I mention the mosquitoes? We camped at Gull Lake Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
25
Site Surface
Dirt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Interior Roads
Tight Turns
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 26
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: August, 2014 - $13.00
Overall Rating:

This is a great park for smaller RVs and tent campers. We struggled several times with too tight turns and getting out of the dump station was really difficult. Site #9 is the only site we could get our 38' 5th wheel into because it is on a curve and a straight back in. The sites are quite large but the roads are narrow and lined with trees and posts which prevented us from entering three separate sites. Too heavily treed for a satellite signal but our Verizon MiFi worked fine. The rangers were wonderful! We camped at Gull Lake Recreation Area in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 22
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: September, 2013 - $13.00
Overall Rating:

Very nice clean park but no water at sites. Good internet and phone service but hard to get satellite because of the trees. Showers and restrooms were very clean. Sites were gravel and level. Will stay here again when in area. We camped at Gull Lake Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 16
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: July, 2013 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

Lovely! Very shady, tons of mosquitoes! Flat sites, nice tables and good fire rings. Hard to get our 32 foot into many of the sites. Able to catch lots of bluegill right below the dam. Nice park with plenty of room for walk ups. We were there with friends and had a great time! The beach had swimmers itch there a week previously so we didn't try it. We camped at Gull Lake Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 40
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: August, 2012 - $26.00
Overall Rating:

This is a well maintained COE park. It's like a state park only a little cleaner or less rustic. We brought 6 boys for a camping experience who found plenty to do at the playground, swimming area and dam. It was fun to watch the fish at the dam. Campsites are large and well kept. We did have to set up the kids tent in front of our camper because the picnic table was chained down and couldn't be moved. No other place worked. There were many people staying here from southern states who camp north all summer. We met a friendly ranger intern who told us so many interesting facts about the park and the area. On a cold, rainy day we went to the Holiday Inn indoor waterpark. They have daily on-line coupons. Also, there is a washer and dryer on site. We will definitely return here. We camped at Gull Lake Recreation Area in a Tent Trailer.

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Review Count: 41
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: July, 2012 - $13.00
Overall Rating:

Rate is with senior pass. This COE park has to be in our top 10 favorite parks. The park is well managed, well cared for, and beautiful. It's a little tight getting a big rig in, but it is doable and well worth the effort. Beautiful lake, nice shady sites, good 50 amp electric. There are several short walking trails throughout the park, a nice boat ramp and a beautiful day use area with swimming beach. There is good Verizon 3G signal and a limited number of OTA TV channels. This park is a gem! We will return. We camped at Gull Lake Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 22
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: June, 2011 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

Very nice, clean, large sites. I would recommend this campground to everyone. We camped at Gull Lake Recreation Area in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 207
States Visited: 41
Helpful Reviews: 16

Date of Stay: July, 2010 - $13.00
Overall Rating:

We loved this park: clean, quiet, huge sites, good electric, clean restrooms. Our Verizon broadband worked well and we had Sprint cell phone. The staff is nice. It is strange to not have water hook-up at a Corps park. First-come, first-serve sites were plentiful on Tuesday. By Thursday late afternoon they were gone. Don't expect to find any for the weekend. We would definitely stay here again. If we had the time, we would have stayed here 2 weeks. We camped at Gull Lake Recreation Area in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2010 - $26.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed here in May and have booked again for late June. Very nice and kept well. Have stayed in other COE parks around the country, and this rates up there with the best. Hosts were very friendly as were the park rangers. Weather was great but walleye fishing wasn't good in May but managed enough panfish for a meal. Hope to do better in June with wife's sister and brother-in-law visiting from Indiana. We camped at Gull Lake Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 22
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: September, 2009 - $26.00
Overall Rating:

We camped here in September of 2009 in site #10. This is a very nice Corp of Engineer park. The spaces are long and most very roomy with a very dense forest around the sites. There are a couple of hiking trails and a beach area by the lake. We had Verizon cell service, but no satellite TV or internet. The Corp allows you to take as much wood as you want from a pile that they provide for you for a fee of $5.00 a day. You just have to cut it up and they provide a saw. It was very quiet and we would recommend this place highly. We camped at Gull Lake Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 14
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: July, 2008 - $12.00
Overall Rating:

This is a fantastic little Corp of Engineers (COE) campground. The sites are large and mostly level. We were in site 29 and it had to be at least 80 feet long and almost as wide. It has fire rings (firewood available in the campground for $5 per day) and new metal picnic tables. Potable water is available at different points in the campground but no individual hookups. Unusual from most COE campgrounds in that it also has hiking trails. Would definitely stay here again. We camped at Gull Lake Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

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