Brainerd Lakes Area

With Brainerd Baxter Area is sited in close proximity to the geographical center of Minnesota, Baxter is a community of about 8,000 year-round residents and part of the Brainerd Metropolitan Statistical Area, as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau.

The region is defined by its lakes. Baxter, as well as dozens of independent communities in Crow Wing and Cass counties, enjoys the benefits of having nearly 500 lakes within a 25-mile area. It’s no wonder it’s known regionally as “The Brainerd Lakes Area.”

Baxter and Brainerd are the anchor communities of the district, playing host to a regional airport, national employers and businesses, and idyllic family friendly neighborhoods.


One of the best things about purchasing a home in a resort area is that the shopping and dining options are a lot more diverse and comprehensive, especially when compared to other towns its size.

Along with locally owned, one-of-a-kind shops, boutiques and retail outlets, the Brainerd Lakes Area offers national and regional retailers, like the 20-plus store Westgate Mall, Best Buy and Wal-Mart.

The twin cities of Brainerd and Baxter, and the other communities in the Brainerd Lakes Area, offer all of the dining choices you could want. Get all dolled up and enjoy some fine (often lakeside) dining at any of the dozens of lodge restaurants; or stay in and have a pizza delivered. Or, if you’re in a hurry or short of cash or just craving some fast food, you’ll have no trouble finding your favorites in the Brainerd Lakes Area.

Sure, it gets cold in Minnesota over the winter, so why not make the best of it? The lakes freeze over in the winter and it becomes time for some of the amazingly fun snow and ice activities available, like snowmobiling, cross-country and downhill skiing, and ice fishing.