Nisswa, Minnesota, is a Quintessential Small Town Winter Wonderland Destination.
They who sing through summer must dance in the winter. ~ Italian Proverb
At the Quarterdeck, we are as Minnesotan as double-dog daring each other to lick the freezing flagpole. 😉 We love the winter season and all the fun the snow brings! It’s an opportunity for a true getaway, especially during the week when the resort is less crowded. Join us and take advantage of getting to know the local scene and Nisswa culture. We double-dog dare you!
Top 10 Winter Activities in Nisswa, Minnesota
Rent a brand new Polaris snowmobile at the Quarterdeck! The Brainerd Lakes Area has over 1,200 miles of groomed snowmobile trails. The trails are groomed regularly by the local snowmobile clubs and are easily accessible to visitors.
Remember to check the trail conditions.
2) Snowshoeing – Cross Country Skiing – Down Hill Skiing – Tubing
Explore beautiful and scenic groomed trails. The below cross-country trails are widely varied and challenge all skiing levels. Minnesota Ski Passes are required for most trails.
15 Area Cross Country Ski Trails
- Spider Lake Trails 2 loops: 5.9 km + 6.1 km
- Pine Beach Area Ski Trail – 16 km
- French Rapids Cross Country Ski Area (mostly expert-level trails) – 16 km
- Paul Bunyan Arboretum – (lighted for night skiing) 15km
- Rock Lake Campground – 7 km
- Breezy Point – 15 km.
- Crow Wing State Park – 5 Km.
- French Rapids Ski Area – 15 Km.
- No Achen Bicentennial Trail – 10 km
- Ruttger’s Bay Lake Trail – 15 km
- Washburn Lake Solitude Area – 23.8 km
- Spider Lake Ski Touring – 26 km
Mount Ski Gull, home to the largest tubing hill in the state of Minnesota, is half a mile from the resort and offers 12 runs of fun for downhill skiers of all levels, ranging from beginner to expert. This is a great spot for the kids! Drop them off while you do you!
Paul Bunyon State Forest – Paul Bunyan State Forest’s 105,113 acres feature a terrain that’s rough and hilly, with many tiny ponds and bogs. The State Forest offers hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and ATVing.
3) Ice fishing
If you’ve never tried ice fishing or are wondering where the best spots to catch fish, we’ve got you covered. Walleyedan’s Guide Service will take you out and put you on fish. Walleyedan and his crew pride themselves on being professional, knowledgeable, and experienced. Plus, not only is Walleyedan an excellent fishing guide, but he is also the Quarterdeck Resort’s General Manager. He can “hook” you up with everything you need for the best winter getaway on Gull Lake’s west shore.
You don’t want to miss this one-of-a-kind fishing event!!! The first contest was held in January 1991. The founders never expected the event would become the world’s largest ice fishing contest and put Brainerd, MN, on the map. The winter event generates over $1 million in revenue for area businesses and over $150,000 for area charities annually. Over $3 million has been donated since its inception.
From snow golfing to dancing on a frozen lake, another Minnesota must! The Gull Lake Frozen Fore Winter Weekend takes place in the Brainerd Lakes Area each February. This three-day celebration of all things winter brings together a weekend of activities and fun for adults.
6) Downtown Nisswa Hockey and Ice Skating Rinks
The rinks open in December. Learn more at the City of Nisswa website.
7) Brewery Tour
8) “Pretty Good Shopping” in Downtown Nisswa
Shop unique and local! You will be surprised by the fantastic Nisswa shopping.
Wolf Moon Kennel is the newest place to offer families a taste of dogsledding in the Brainerd Lakes area. They offer individual rides by appointment and small group events.
10) Our favorite! Staying cozy in your Quarterdeck Vacation Home.
Make s’mores over a bonfire, sip a warm drink, eat tasty food and listen to live music at the onsite restaurant and bar. It doesn’t get any better than hanging out at the Deck.
We look forward to seeing you this winter at the Quarterdeck Resort!