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Cross Lake Recreation Area

Mississippi River Headwaters - Cross Lake

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Summary

Cross Lake Recreation Area is located in Central Minnesota's popular lakes area, renowned for its picturesque sunsets, beautiful beaches and well-maintained campsites. It offers a variety of water activities and amenities, such as beaches, boat ramps, dump stations and accessible fishing piers, and is conveniently located near shopping and a bike trail. It also provides access to 13 natural lakes and the Headwaters of the Mississippi River.

Overview

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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Recreation

The recreation area provides plenty of water based entertainment like boating, canoeing, kayaking, water skiing and fishing. Two onsite beaches are convenient for swimming and sunbathing. Two accessible fishing piers provide angling opportunities on both Cross Lake and the Pine River.

Facilities

The sizable campground has 122 campsites including 97 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 of 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.

Modifications to existing reservations will be charged a $10.00 non-refundable modification fee. 

Modifications to reservations may be made online or by calling Recreation.gov at (877)444-6777

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Campground Matrix

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Cross Lake Day Use
Mississippi River Headwaters - Cross Lake
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Portsmouth
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13.9mi
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13.9mi
Yurts
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14.0mi
Gull Lake Recreation Area
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21.3mi 83%
Mabel Lake
Chippewa National Forest
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