10 months after storm, campsites near Brainerd can open again


Severe storms that swept through central Minnesota last summer brought down trees, closed campsites, damaged businesses and homes, and took down bleachers at Brainerd International Raceway.

Now, 10 months later, one of those affected sites is finally reopening.

The campsites at Gull Lake Dam and Recreation Area will start taking reservations Wednesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District said in an email release.

The entire recreation area - including the campsites, picnic spots, beach and boat ramp – had been closed following that July 2015 storm. Hundreds of trees were brought down, and campers were actually asked to leave the park at the time.

That damage took a long time to clean up, the Corps said Monday.

In September, the Pine Cone Press-Citizen reported damages to Cass County local governments had reached $1.6 million.

You can make reservations for Gull Lake Dam and Recreation Area online here, or call 877-444-6777.

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