The StewardShip

Program Dates: July 21-September 24 2022

Join us for our looniest event of the summer, the Loon & Lakes StewardShip Program! Come aboard the StewardShip for a fun and exciting educational boat tour of Cross Lake.




Upcoming Events

Learn about upcoming NLC events and special events in the Brainerd Lakes Area below:

Crosslake Days

This annual fall festival is returning to Crosslake September 22-24, 2022. Find more information on the NLC's loony events here.

Loon and Lakes Trivia

9.22.2022 | 6:00pm
The NLC and WAPOA are hosting another round of trivia at 14 Lakes Brewing Company in Crosslake. New questions will feature Crosslake fun facts to kickoff the Fall Festival. Teams that bring in lead tackle to exchange for lead-free tackle samples will receive 2 extra points.

Wildlife Art Silent Auction

9.24.2022 | 10:00am-4:00pm
Bid on unique wildlife art on display at The Nest throughout the day. Return at 4pm when winners are announced or "Buy Now" to take a piece home immediately. Proceeds from the silent auction support loon education and conservation initiatives.

Chili Cook-Off

9.24.2022 | 12:00-3:00pm
This is the first year the NLC is participating in the Chili Cook-Off! Sampling begins at 12pm and continues until the chili runs out. Vote for the NLC in the People's Choice Award by downloading the Crosslake App.

Loon Calling Contest

9.24.2022 | 3:00pm
The third annual loon calling contest returns! Join the fun at the gazebo of the scenic Crosslake Town Square. There will be two age groups for the contest: Adult/Teenager (13+) and Youth (12 and under). To
register for the contest, stop into The Nest between 1-3pm on the day of the event. Prizes will be awarded to the winners of the two age groups.

Migratory Bird Day


Crosslake St. Patrick's Day Parade

Brainerd Lakes Chamber Holiday Extravaganza

The National Loon Center's Progress


The National Loon Center Community Input and Master Plan are developed by the University of Minnesota Center for Sustainable Building Research. The University of Minnesota’s Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA), Central Regional Sustainable Development Partnership, Department of Applied Economics and the National Loon Center Foundation produce a Market Feasibility Study and Impact Assessment


Minnesota lawmakers approved $4 million to build National Loon Center in Crosslake. National Loon Center finalized a 25 year land lease with US Army Corps of Engineers at the future site location of the facility: the Cross Lake Recreation Area.


Archeological reviews and site planning at the Crosslake Recreation Area were completed and outdoor site enhancement began. In June of 2021, the NLC opened a temporary information center, called The Nest, in Crosslake Town Square, engaging around 4,000 visitors in its first year.


In collaboration with the Army Corps of Engineers, the National Loon Center, completed a shoreline restoration project near the boat landing at the Cross Lake Recreation Area. A floating dock system was also installed at the bay to prevent further erosion of the shoreline, with dedicated mooring stations for visitors of the campground and public use. Outdoor exhibits are projected to be installed by the end of the summer.

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