Area Attractions

With the wide variety of attractions offered at Ruttger’s, we’re sure you won’t want to leave! But just in case you want to do a little exploring, the Cuyuna and Brainerd Lakes Area do offer many exciting things for the whole family to enjoy. With a range of different attractions in the Brainerd Lakes area, such as mine pit lakes, parks, scuba diving, and walking and biking trails, everyone will find something they love.

Outdoor Recreation

The Cuyuna Country

The Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Trails are only eight miles from Ruttger’s. The 22-mile trail winds through a rugged area created by 70 years of former iron ore mining. It consists of deep water-filled old mining pits and tall piles of excavated rock and mining debris. Nature has beautifully reclaimed the area, truly making this area a one of a kind mountain biking trail. Mountain bike rentals are available in nearby Crosby.

The Cuyuna Lakes State Recreational Area near Crosby-Ironton, Minnesota, incorporates both paved and off-road walking and riding paths to take visitors through the regenerated iron ore mining land. The many lakes were formed from the open pit mining done on the Cuyuna Range. The newly opened mountain biking trails are easily reached by vehicle or bike and are located only 8 miles from Ruttger’s.

Cuyuna Mine Lakes are considered one the very finest in diving adventures in the Midwest, and offer upwards of forty feet visibility.


Mille Lacs

Mille Lacs Kathio State Park, just 23 miles from Ruttger’s, offers visitors a beautiful trail system packed with historic monuments and abundant wild life.

Entertainment and Shopping


Downtime Crosby showcases the beautiful Cuyuna Lakes area with antiques, gift shops, and the lakeside park with a playground and beach.

Ripple River Gallery is just down the road from Ruttger’s, Ripple River Gallery is owned by artisans Bob Carls and Amy Sharpe. The gallery displays the work of “regional artisans with an ever-changing selection of wood, pottery, weaving, jewelry, glass, mixed media, original prints, paintings and more.”


Movie Theaters

Grand Makwa Theater in Onamia features three screens playing new movies and stadium seating.

Lakes 12 in Brainerd features all stadium seating, full digital projection, digital 3D, new seating and a brand new concession area with self-serve soft drinks. Lakes 12 also offers a party room and & arcade.

Minnesota Attractions

Paul Bunyan Land and This Old Farm offer 35 rides and attractions including the world’s largest talking and animated man. Located on Highway 18, only 12 miles from Ruttger’s, this is one of the tourist attractions in the Brainerd Lakes area you don’t want to miss!

Traditions Mini Golf offers 18 holes of premium mini golf, batting cage, water wars, and more. Located 4 miles north of Ruttger’s in Deerwood.

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