Guests - If You want access to member only forums on FM. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on Fishing Minnesota.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

  • Announcements

    • Rick

      1st Please Post Your Fishing Report - Then Join the NEW - Private Fishing Report Clubs   01/24/2018

      Private Fishing Report Clubs - Click Here - Post Your Fishing Report Before Joining
      1st, be sure you post a fishing report in the forums, then ask to join after you post a fishing report in your area forum. The Private Fishing Report Clubs are where folks can share private fishing information with club members who have proven they know what's going on. Fishing Report Clubs Link also in Menu above. Apply to become a member today, while it's still easy. 
  • RECEIVE THE GIFTS MEMBERS SHARE WITH YOU HERE...THEN...CREATE SOMETHING TO ENCHANT OTHERS THAT YOU WANT TO SHARE

    You know what we all love...

    When you enchant people, you fill them with delight and yourself in return. Have Fun!!!

Sign in to follow this  
Angler Don

Twin Cities to Brainerd travel path .

Recommended Posts

Angler Don

We make our annual trek to Nisswa for a week of fishing this coming week, for 15 years we have taken I94 to St. Cloud, then 371 north.

How about 169 north to Garrison, then east to Brainerd? I know that is a popular route for many. How is the drive ? Towing the boat. Decent roads, places to eat, places of interest ? Just the wife and myself this year.

Thanks for any info.

Don

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
TrophyEyes

I do it almost every weekend. I don't do it for the scenery or places of interest, but rather speed. The two ways I go are:

94 West (north) to Monticello (25), right on 25. Take a left on 11, followed by a left on 10. 10 will obviously take you through St. Cloud and all the way up to Little Falls. After Little falls you will run into 371, which will take you right into Brainerd. 371 has been expanded to 2 lanes this year by Camp Ripley and it is very fast. All these roads are very nice to trailer a boat.

The other way to go and it is a little calmer drive is:

94 West (north) to Monticello (25), right on 25. Take a left on 11, followed by a left on 10. Right after Becker you will be able to turn right on 25 again. This will take you through Pierz and some other small towns. It is 1 lane the whole way. Roads can be interesting and there are some start and stops in the little towns.

Either way swing into Thelen Meats. They have the best meat for the money (bacon, rib eyes, smoked pork chops and breakfast sausage). They have a store in Pierz (right side of the street) and Little Falls (West side of 10).

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
ozzie

well if you go 169 and end up in walker to get to nisswa you are going the wrong way!!!

to go the 169 route take a left at the Y in Garrison 18/6 and follow 18 to the stop light (15-20 miles maybe) and hang a right. This will bring you into Brainerd and 210.....you can take 210 to 371..... or you can take a right and go north on 3 to 18(left) I believe and that will bring you into nisswa...there is a sign that will state to nisswa off of 3....good luck and have fun!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
JBMasterAngler

I take 94 to clearwater...it's a 5 mile drive to 10, little bit shorter than the monticello route. From there to brainerd takes just over an hour. 169 to walker to brainerd is WAY out of the way...walker is 65 miles north of brainerd.

On a side note, I took the 94 to 10 to 371 to cass lake this past weekend. I was surprised to see the gas prices in brainerd at $3.09 where as everywhere else north and south was between $3.29 and $3.39

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
TrophyEyes

Brainerd gas was extremely low. I filled up everything I could, because I fear it won't go lower any time soon.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
daddyducker

Every way is about the same, but I think from the cities, 169 is probably shorter distance than 10-371.

Fast road from little falls to brd now.

I would take 169 though. In Garrison hang a left on 18, and go to Brd. At the pine square gas station<18&25> take a rght. Go to 25 and 210 stop lights kitty corner of JCPennys.

Go straight. 10-15 miles take a left on 18...will be a sign for nisswa. This brings you down-town...LOL...nisswa.

If you want to get bait first, and gas, take a left on #13 a couple miles earlier and that takes you to sportland corners(a mile or so south of Nisswa)...SPORTLAND BAIT and Holiday gas.

If you take 169, this is the fastest way to Nisswa.

However, DO slow down around the Casino because they are watching for you. Couple miles of 45mph zone...otherwise not to bad. Scenic around Lake Mille Lacs.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Angler Don

Thanks everyone for your replies ! Of course, I really meant to say 169 north to Garrison, don't know why I said Walker. I have edited that in my post. Usually, we go 94, 24, 10, 371 and so on. Can bypass Brainerd and shoot right up to Nisswa. Downtown Nisswa, that is .LOL. Nice fast drive. Usually stop at Sportland bait for supplies, Shaefers for food. Other times we just run up for the races. Just thinking of something different, sounds like a nice drive up 169, think we will check it out. Looking forward to a week off! Might make a couple day trips for some muskie, maybe up to Little Boy, see if I can scare something up. cool.gif

Thanks, all !

Don

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
daddyducker

Boy area lakes are going strong right now. Very hot!

Good Luck!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
BoxMN

Don, I see you are in NE metro, me too. I go to Crosslake, so NE of Brainerd. But if we go on Fridays, we shoot up 35 to 18 (Finlayson) to 47 on east side of Mille Lacs, up to Malmo, and then west to Garrison. Nicer drive around that side of the lake IMHO, and has spots to stop around the lake. Then just do the normal stuff from there. I have started going up into Aitkin and over to Crosslake from there, as I NEVER hit any traffic. About 20 miles longer for me, but totally peaceful. Even Memorial day on ride home we didn't hit another car until we got to 35 south. Hey, why am I saying this online wink.gif Anyway, its an option. Have a great trip whatever new way you choose.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  



  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • osok
      Been a brutal hard water season for me as well, figured it was a continuation of my fall fishing luck. 
    • Wanderer
      Thanks guys.  I checked out Modis for ice coverage and Navionics to help understand how things are laid out.  Knowing what areas certain fish prefer and those typical depths is a big plus.
    • urbaniceteam
      My wife and I are hoping to get up to Mille Lacs this Saturday and spend the night on the ice.  Does anyone have any last minute availability?  All the resorts I've contacted are booked. Thanks!
    • Borch
      Lots of nice fish!  Central Mn is cranking out some nice panfish.
    • eyeguy 54
      I did till about 2 then just had to go for a bit. LOL 
    • IceHawk
      Nice fish guys. Royce doesn't look like you took the day off 
    • IceHawk
      Great Idea Rick 
    • Borch
      A plus is that the forecast is for a much nicer day Saturday.
    • Tom Sawyer
      Thanks for your work guys! You were showin' some serious team spirit being out there today. I would have helped but I had a few appointments today I couldn't reschedule. I know I'm available Friday to do any last day scouting/fine tuning....
    • IceHawk
      Definitely a grind out prefishing cats today for the gathering.  Weather made it to tough but I Jeff  and his brother pushed through the elements to try and find a few active schools .   Locating the schools were tough took a pile of holes and the augers got a workout for sure,  but fortunately  we did find a couple active schools. Jeff and his brother found a few on one lake and I found a decent school on another lake. The good news was that both schools were cruising shallow flats in both locations and about the same depths. Great news as this is a good indication they are feeding on these flats.   Amazeingly both schools were found on a inside corner. Bingo looks like we have a pattern formed. We iced and marked  a fair number of cats in both locations so things are looking good for Saturday. Plus is we added a few for the fish fry already  Jeff I'll keep plugging away out there hopefully I can dial them in even more I have a hunch there are a few more close by where we ended. 
  • Share & Have Fun