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The lakes area offers numerous parks and beaches to spend time outdoors on spring, summer and fall days.

BACKUS

Rocky Dock Park, Pine Mountain Lake: Go through town on Highway 87. The park offers a swimming beach, playground equipment, portable bathrooms.

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Trailside Park, Highway 87 along Paul Bunyan Trail: The park offers picnic pavilions, restrooms and parking lot, and water fountain.

City Playground Park: First Avenue next to Backus Area Head Start Building. Park on First Avenue and enter through pedestrian gate. The park features playground equipment.

BREEZY POINT

Pelican Lake Beach: From County Road 4, turn onto County Road 118. Find a sandy beach, swimming and picnic tables.

Breezy Point City Park: This park is at Breezy Point City Hall and features a softball field, playground, pavilion, basketball, volleyball and restrooms.

Breezy Point Neighbor-hood Park: A public swimming beach on Breezy Point Boulevard and Sand Beach Drive. No lifeguard is on duty; there’s a satellite restroom.

CROSSLAKE AREA

Big Island on Whitefish Lake: Find primitive campsites, hiking trails and swimming beach.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Recreation Area: On County Road 66, the park offers shaded picnic area, grills, shelter, camping, canoe launch, boat launches, swimming areas, playground and fishing.

Crosslake City Park: This 37-acre tract is in the South Bay area and offers a walking trail and picnic area. Parking is available, as well as a paved path paralleling County Road 66.

Crosslake Recreational Park and Community Center: On Daggett Pine Road off of County Road 66, featuring a picnic shelter, playground, indoor gym and tennis courts.

Uppgaard Wildlife Management Area: Off County Road 16 in Ideal Township, this area offers hiking trails.

EAST GULL LAKE

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: On County Road 125 (Gull Lake Dam Road), find lake camping, picnic area and pavilion, playground, fishing piers, swimming beach (no lifeguard on duty), boat launch and interpretive sites. A small fee is required.

EMILY

Emily City Park: On County Road 1, find picnic tables, pavilion and playground.

Emily Ballpark: Go left at the stoplights in downtown Emily and find the diamond field.

HACKENSACK

Hackensack City Park: In downtown Hackensack, this park offers a playground, restrooms and beach on Birch Lake.

Lakeside City Park: Find a fishing pier, bathrooms, playground equipment, swimming beach, boat ramp, tennis courts, horseshoe pits, fire grill and pavilion all along Birch Lake, just west of Highway 371.

Ballpark: This is on Lake Avenue near the water tower and offers a portable bathroom, drinking water and dugouts.

LAKE SHORE

Fritz Loven Park: On Ridge Road, this park features picnic areas with grills, pavilion (can be reserved), hiking trails, trout fishing stream, swing set and slide and restrooms.

MERRIFIELD

Merrifield Lions Park: On County Road 3, this park offers a baseball diamond, sheltered picnic area, playground and volleyball court.

NISSWA AREA

North Long Lake: On Highway 371, find swimming, a boat launch and picnic tables seven miles south of Nisswa. No lifeguard is on duty.

Nisswa City Park: Next to the Nisswa Community Center, find a baseball field, playground, basketball courts, soccer field, picnic tables, pavilions and restrooms.

PEQUOT LAKES

Sibley Lake Park: On Sibley Street and Pequot Boulevard, find a picnic shelter, picnic tables, swingset, playground equipment and a fishing pier accessed by a stairway leading down to the lake. A boat launch is on Grove Street.

Trailside Park: This park in the center of town includes the Paul Bunyan Trail, a band shelter, picnic shelter, Dru’s Garden, Veterans Memorial and Paul Bunyan footprints.

Trailside North Park: This mini park off County Road 112 in the Trailside Estates subdivision includes playground equipment, swings, benches, picnic table, barbecue grill, gazebo and bike racks.

Bobber Park: This themed park is under the bobber water tower and includes Paul Bunyan’s ox, Babe the Blue Ox, and Paul Bunyan’s chair.

Gildner Park: At the intersection of Pillsbury and South Oak streets, the park maintains a wooded and rustic character. It includes picnic tables, barbecue grill, benches and playground equipment built of wood to resemble a fort.

Historic Fire Tower: Located off County Road 11 east of Pequot Lakes, follow a walking trail through the woods and climb the tower. There’s also a picnic area and barbecue stand in the parking lot area.

Mayo Lake Nature Preserve: This rustic 68-acre park is located near Mayo Lake in Loon Lake Township and Pequot Lakes.

PINE RIVER

Pine River Dam Park: On Barclay Avenue, the park includes the Lions picnic shelter, a log pavilion, picnic tables, fishing pier and swimming beach at the dam.

Liberty Park: It’s next to the Pine River American Legion Club on Highway 371 and features a playground, volleyball courts and picnic table.

Forbes Park: Over the Pine River bridge and left on Highway 84, find camping spaces (no hook-ups) and flush toilets, picnic shelter and restrooms. The Forbes Park Building is available for rent. There’s running water and fire rings.

Softball park: Find Shamp’s Field on Highway 1, east of town, featuring a concessions building, picnic table, bleachers and dugouts.

CROSBY-IRONTON

Crosby Memorial Park: On Serpent Lake on Second Street Southwest in Crosby, find camping, a swimming beach (some hours with lifeguard), playground, picnic pavilion, grills, band shelter, softball field, boat landing, basketball and volleyball court.

Deerwood City Park: On Fourth Street, the park includes a playground and picnic tables.

George H. Crosby Park: On Main Street near the library in Crosby, find a picnic area and one covered pavilion.

Ironton Park: Behind Wells Fargo Bank there’s a playground.

Northeast Park: On Eighth Street Northeast next to the Hallett Community Center in Crosby there’s a softball field.

Yawkee Park: North of Crosby on Highway 6, this primitive park features swimming in Yawkee Pit.

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