For calls regarding:
- Bait and Tackle information
- In-Store/C-Store products
- Current boating conditions
- Update on your arrival for a reservation
- Help while on the water
Call Cross Lake: 218-692-3850 | 36624 Co Rd 66, Crosslake, MN 56442 view map
There is limited parking at the Bait Box Marina where we are located, however; there is ample street parking. Please pull up the the Bait Box to unload your gear and then park your car.
About The Lake
According to whitefish.org, “The City of Crosslake exemplifies Minnesota’s “up-north” environment and lakeside flavor. From log furniture in the hotels to unique art stores and fabulous lakeside dining, Crosslake boasts a vibrant and growing business community eager great visitors and residents alike.”
The Cross Lake Reservoir is located in Crow Wing County, Minnesota on The Whitefish Chain. The Whitefish Chain allows you to travel through 14 lakes without setting your feet on dry land and includes popular destinations like Cross, Big Trout, Rush, and 11 other amazing lakes for boaters and fishermen alike. It all starts at the west end, where the Pine River empties into Upper Whitefish and continues east through the chain to the Pine River Dam at the east end of Cross Lake. Before the Pine River Dam was constructed in 1886, these were all separate lakes fed by creeks flowing into the Pine River. Crosslake is a wonderful small town that encapsulates the great up-north feel, with convenient access to amenities within the lake area. Cross Lake is 1,813 acres in size, 121 miles of shoreline, and it’s approximately 84 feet deep at its deepest point.
The dam raised the water level, flooded the intervening lowlands and created one continuous body of water. This dramatically changed the area forever and resulted in a myriad of basins with a wide variety of bottom content, structure, temperature ranges, water color, and fish species.
Pine Peaks Lodge & Suites is offering 10% off members stay!
Exclusions may apply, contact Pine Peaks Lodge for more information.
Fish include: Black Crappie, Bluegill, Bowfin, Bullhead, Shiner, Redhorse, Sunfish, Whitefish, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, Rock Bass, Small Mouth Bass, Tullibee, Walleye, White Sucker, Yellow Bullhead and Yellow Perch.
Here’s an old secret of the fishing guides: give particular attention to the old river channels. Even though the area is now flooded, the current at the bottom of the lakes still follows the old channels. The fish relate to structure at the edge of these channels waiting for the current to bring them food. The secret for finding the river channels is to be on the lookout for contour changes that vary from 1 to 7 feet with the average drop-off being 1 to 3 feet. The channel frequently doesn’t run in a straight line.
Before venturing out on the Whitefish Chain, learn the locations of the shallow rock piles that can raise havoc with your motor. Many of these hazardous areas are marked.
Bait & Tackle Options
Cross Lake has an abundance of nearby restaurants, bars, and other great establishments for you to visit. Some popular member recommendations include:
Zorbaz, Rafferty’s Pizza, The Bourbon Room, Andy’s Bar and Grill, and The Wharf, whether you’re looking to sit-down or take-out back to your boat! For those of you who have a post-meal sweet tooth, there is Lake Country Crafts and Cones and Dairy Queen right in the heart of Crosslake. 14 Lakes Craft Brewing Company is a must-visit brewery in town, which has everything from Ambers to Stouts to IPAs (and more!) For more on dining in the area, visit our Cross Lake Excursions page!
Looking to make your trip longer than a day-trip? No problem! There are multiple great places to stay, whether you’re looking for a family vacation, romantic getaway, or just want to explore a new place! Whitefish Lodge and Suites (located next to Crosswoods Golf Course) and Pine Peaks Lodge and Suites are two great places for you and your loved ones to make the most of your visit.
There’s plenty of fun activities to do here when you’re not on the water! With the Crosslake Recreation Area or the Crosslake Nature Trail, you can maximize your time enjoying the summer sun while still experiencing the area! Golfing is also available nearby at Crosswoods Golf Course, offering traditional 9 and 18 hole courses or fun for the whole family with Whistling Golf Mini Golf where “27 scenic holes await your discovery!” For more fun recommendations at Cross, click here.