MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — WCCO’s summer road trip continues for the second week, and this time we’re Goin’ to the Lake in the Brainerd area with Mike Augustyniak, Natalie Nyhus and Chad Hartman!
The Brainerd Lakes Area has no shortage of things to do, and our WCCO team is excited to plunge into all the area has to offer, especially since this is a holiday weekend!
Croft Mine In Crosby
Crosby is a town of just about 2,400 people. And like many other small towns in the Brainerd Lakes Area, that number grows in the summer. You will find plenty of things to do in the downtown area. There is different dining options and lots of places for all you antique shoppers. History lovers should check out the Croft Mine, located right off Highway 6 in northeast Crosby. They mined iron ore out of the area until 1934. Now it is a historical site and park that is open to the public for tours. The mine is run by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
Paddling On Mine Lake
There are a ton of lakes in this area to get out in and enjoy a great summer day. Natalie and Mike decided to start things off slow Friday with a relaxing paddle on Pennington Mine Lake, with help from the folks at Cycle Path and Paddle.
Cayuna Recreation Area
You can’t come to Crosby without spending a day at the hidden gem called the Cayuna Recreation Area. You can enjoy the clear water of the mine lakes, or if you’re in for an adventure, hit the mountain bike trails. There are miles of trails for all experience levels. In fact WCCO viewers recently voted these trails the Best in Minnesota.
Back in Crosby, check out the city’s Memorial Park, which has a great playground for kids. It was built thanks to volunteers who raised the money to get it done. This park is also home to Crosby’s Music in the Park series, which they do each summer.
Powerboating In Crosby
After a relaxing day of paddling that Mike and Natalie had, they decided to kick it up a notch by hitching a ride on a powerboat! (Well, one of them did!) A big thanks to Dale for helping WCCO with all the hi-octane fun Friday! If you want to see powerboat races in person, head to Serpent Lake on the last weekend in July. The races are free for anyone who wants to check them out.