Winter Recreation along the Scenic Byway

Cross-Country Skiing

Breezy Point X-Country Ski & Walking trails: The land for the trail was dedicated by developers in 1978 and became a part of the original plats. The property on which the trails are located is still owned by the City of Breezy Point. Through a joint agreement, the City and Pelican Conservation Club care for the trail’s two miles of developed area. Additional undeveloped trail area promises more skiing opportunities in the future. Those who were around when the ski trail was first completed recall use as high as 1000 skiers a season. The ski trail can be accessed from Winter Trail off Ranchette Drive. Users can park on the roadside, or in the Ice Arena lot and walk over to the trail. Maps of the trail are available from the city clerk. During other seasons, the Breezy Point Trail is used as a pleasant woods walk. The trail is available to the public at no charge. On your next Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway drive along CSAH #11, turn on Ranchette Drive and make a point to visit the Breezy Point Cross Country Ski Trail.

Breezy Point Resort - Traditional Golf Course trails: Off of CSAH #11 & CSAH #4 in Breezy Point

Uppgaard Wildlife Management Area trails: Off of CSAH #16, 4 miles west of Crosslake.
One of the most popular spots in the area, Uppgaard WMA offers skiers the choice of a short loop around one pond and back again, or a longer loop around two ponds. Landscaped to attract various kinds of wildlife, the area serves as a demonstration site for the concepts outlined in Carroll Henderson's well-known book, Landscaping for Wildlife. Wildlife viewing areas, wide snow-covered paths and a nice resting spot in the gazebo will have you snapping photo after great photo of your family having a great time.

Crosslake Community Center - Winter Amenities

Enjoy winter fun in Crosslake! Skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, ice-skating. Click to see Community Center details.

Nordic Ridge Trail Map

Snowshoe Trail map

Snowshoe Trail Loops map



The Brainerd Lakes Area is home to 1,200 miles of snowmobiling trails. Trail numbers 114, 115, 119, and 120 travel in and around the Byway region. Area Chambers have printed trail maps, or download them from the MN DNR’s web site.

Learn about a local snowmobile club, the Ideal Sno Pros.

Ice Skating

Breezy Point Ice Arena
7370 Cty Rd 11, Breezy Point
1.5 miles west of Breezy Point Resort on Cty Rd 11
(218) 562-5678
Hockey and ice skating camps, team practices, leagues, tournaments. Pro Shop. Open skating.

Outside rinks (in season):

  • Breezy Point Resort (in front of the Marina II Restaurant/Dockside Lounge)
  • Crosslake Community Center