East Gull Lake Marinas
Cragun’s Resort Marina
If it can be done on the water, you’ll probably find it at Cragun’s Marina. Cragun’s full-service, lake-level marina is located on Gull Lake’s Steamboat Bay. Gull Lake is home to fabulous fishing for walleye, northern pike, largemouth and smallmouth bass and pan fish. You can launch your boat at Cragun’s Marina and tie your boat up to over 22,000 square feet of dock space to visit any of Cragun’s Restaurants or other recreational options. In the winter, the fun continues with a full complement of fun winter recreation options.
Gull Lake Fishing
Gull Lake, which is a 9,418 acre lake, is just six miles north of Brainerd. It is part of the Gull Lake Reservoir chain of lakes. The lake has a maximum depth of 80 feet and about 30% of the lake is shallower than 15 feet. Water clarity is excellent.
The Brainerd area has highly experienced fishing guides to help you get the most out of your Minnesota fishing trip. Book a guided fishing trip with one of our fishing guides and we’ll take care of everything for you, from the large, comfortable boats holding up to 3 adults, to outfitting you with state-of-the-art fishing gear (24 hour notice required). If you prefer, we have fishing boats available for rent as well as bait and tackle available for sale in the Marina.
On The Water
Cragun’s has the following equipment available for rental at our Marina:
- Speedboats – 18’ Glastron boats with 115 horsepower motors. Available for skiing, tubing, fishing or just sight-seeing. Accommodates up to 8 people.
- Pontoons – 25’ Crest tritoon pontoons with 90 horsepower, four-stroke engines. Relax on the lake for the day, floating and listening to music. Accommodates up to 14 people.
- Fishing Boats – 14’ Lund aluminum fishing boats with 15 horsepower engines. Accommodates up to 3 people comfortably for fishing.
- Personal Watercraft – Sea Doo Spark personal watercraft with 90 horsepower, 4-stroke engines. Cruise around Steamboat Bay or experience Gull Lake’s 38 miles of scenic shoreline.
- Hydrobikes – on the lake biking with the beauty of Gull Lake at your feet.
- Paddleboats – tour Steamboat Bay on one of our four passenger paddleboats.
- Stand Up Paddleboards – cruise around on one of our stand up paddleboards – life jacket and paddle included.
- Canoes, Kayaks and Rowboats – paddling around the bay under your own power is a great way to enjoy the serenity of a beautiful day on the lake.
- Water Skis, Tubes, Wakeboards and Kneeboards along with the harnesses are all available for rent in the Marina. Cragun’s also offers lessons for each of these activities.
Biking and Hiking
One hour on our bikes will easily circumnavigate the resort on the top road and the walking/bike paths along the beach. The shoreline is so beautiful, you’ll want to stop along the way and rest at one of the many benches with a great view of Gull Lake.
Cragun’s Resort offers Brainerd bike rental services in the Marina for little excursions around the resort. If you have your own bikes, the famous Paul Bunyan trail follows the old Northern Pacific roadbed from Brainerd to International Falls and is currently paved to Walker. The East Gull Lake Bike Trail is nearest Cragun’s and is accessible from Legacy Village. Adult and children’s bikes (2 with training wheels) as well as a kids bicycle trailer are available for rent.
What’s your idea of winter fun? Having a hot cup of cocoa before a crackling fire or taking a swim in a beautiful indoor pool? Maybe it’s a bit more adventurous—buzzing through the forest on a snow-draped winter snowmobile trail.
From more traditional warm and cozy indoor activities to the unique, Minnesota winter activities like ice fishing or cross-country skiing, Cragun’s has all of the Minnesota winter activities you need for a great winter getaway.
Cragun’s Resort is your complete outfitter for whatever you need for fun in the snow. Cragun’s Snowmobile Center offers 4-stroke Polaris snowmobiles both single rider and 2-up for rent. The Gull Lake Lighted Trail runs past Cragun’s and is connected to a thousand miles of groomed trails in the Brainerd Lakes Area. There is also a selection of rental winter clothing including helmets and boots to keep you warm and comfortable.
A big, lighted outdoor ice skating rink is set up on Gull Lake, right in front of the resort. A huge bonfire with plenty of firewood and extra marshmallows is nearby to warm you up on chilly days. Skate rental for adults and children is available. Cragun’s Marina also has cross-country skis and snowshoes available for rent.
Ice fishing on Gull Lake is an experience not to be missed. Cragun’s ice fishing houses are placed at the drop-off in front of the resort and our staff will walk or drive you out to your fish house, open holes and get you set up for a “reel” Minnesota tradition. Cragun’s fish houses feature 4, 6 or 8 holes, are heated and equipped with lights, chairs and “rattle reels”.
Cragun’s is your complete outfitter for whatever you need for fun on the water or in the snow. For more information on rentals, call Cragun's at 800-272-4867.
Madden’s on Gull Lake Marina
Madden’s has a full-service marina for all of your watersports needs. You’ll also find gas, bait, ice, sodas, snacks and water toys at the Marina.
Madden’s has deluxe pontoon boats as well as tritoons, runabouts, fishing boats, tubes and water skis and stand up paddleboards for rent at the marina.
Walleye Dan’s Guide Service is available through Madden’s Marina. They will have everything necessary for great day on the lake catching fish.
Madden’s also offers a waterski school and their expert staff will instruct you through all your water sport activities. They GUARANTEE your success in getting up on the skis. Madden’s inboard Malibu ski boat is equipped with a boom extending off the side of the boat which allows for easy instruction and quick success.
Take in the northwoods beauty on our local hiking and biking trails. Just minutes away, the new East Gull lake trail system and over 100 miles (58 paved) of trails on the Paul Bunyan Trail.
Bicycle rentals are available at the Tennis & Croquet Club and include tandem bikes and mountain bikes.