Winter on the Byway
There are the stunning snow-laden pines and soft undulating landscapes draped in hues of blue and white The winter complexion of the Byway shines with a peaceful, almost magical beauty.
But, there’s a lot more to winter on the Byway than just a pretty face! Get active this season in one of the area’s compelling playgrounds, the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway. Below are some of the places to visit and things to do this winter along the 54 miles of this nationally designated scenic byway.
Cross country skiing
•Uppgaard Wildlife Management Area located 8 miles east of Highway 371 on CSAH 16.
• Breezy Point Ski Trail located off Ranchette Drive just north of CSAH 11.
• Veterans Walking Trail located 3 miles east of Highway 371 on CSAH 16. Turn on Pine Cone Rd. Enjoy the new Bog Walk trail just completed this fall.
• Outdoor skating at the City of Crosslake’s Community Center rinks located on the north side of Crosslake, east of CSAH 66.
• Indoor skating at Breezy Point’s Ice Arena located on CSAH 11 east of Highway 371 across from the new Eagle View Elementary School.
• Prime Time’s Tubing Hill located north of the Breezy Point City Hall on the west side of CSAH 11.
• Public accesses provide an easy way to reach favorite winter fishing spots on the lakes and rivers along the Byway. Quick to find accesses for Byway users are Trout Lake access on CSAH 66 in Manhattan Beach and Pelican Lake access off CSAH 11 in Breezy Point. A map of all public accesses is available from the DNR www.dnr.state.mn.us/water_access/index.html
• Grant-In-Aid trails run along the Byway’s CSAH 16 to Ideal Corners, and portions of CSAH 11, 3, 66 and 1.
Playing in the Snow
• Parks along the Byway are open four seasons. Visit them all:
- Jenkins Veterans Park on CSAH 15 and Hwy. 371
- Ideal Township Park on CSAH 16
- Breezy Point City Park on CSAH 11
- Pine River Damsite Park on CSAH 1
- Crosslake Corps of Engineers Recreation Park located on CSAH 66
- Pequot Lakes Trailside Park Area located on CSAH 11 and Highway 371