Come for the surf,stay for the turf


When it comes to kiting, it doesn’t get much better. The mighty winds of Mille Lacs have kiteboarding and kite surfing enthusiasts coming here from across the country.

And when the wind isn’t bringing its might, fold up your kite, get out the bikes, and shred the red dirt on Cuyuna’s 30 miles of world-class mountain bike trails. Being only minutes away from Garrison, Cuyuna is recognized as one of the 20 best destinations in the world for mountain biking.

After sailing across the lake and down the mountain bike trails, be sure to treat your tastebuds and quench your thirst at one of the many Mille Lacs area restaurants.

Kiteboarding (winter)

Snow kiteboarding is one of the best adventure vacations winter has to offer. People of all ages use kites attached to skis or snowboards to zip across the snow covered Lake Mille Lacs, taking in the view along the way.

Each winter, the area hosts Mille Lacs Kite Crossing, a weekend full of the best kiteboarding opportunities, from freeriding to endurance racing, and more.

The best snow and ice conditions for kiteboarding are usually late January until early March. Just remember to bring all of your best kiteboarding gear because the weather changes often. Check out a live view of the lake!

Kite surfing (summer)

Because Lake Mille Lacs is so large, riding the big open water with nothing but the wind powering your ride is a remarkable feeling. If you’re looking to experience some serious sailing during the summer months, Lake Mille Lacs is an absolute must-do.

Steady winds, multiple public access points on each side of the lake, and a sandy lake bottom makes Lake Mille Lacs one of the best kite surfing destinations in the Midwest. Be sure to check the wind forecasts while planning your next trip!


If you’re new to the sport and would like lessons or need to rent kiteboarding or kite surfing gear, check out the Lakes Area Kiting and Windsurfing Advisory in the Twin Cities. For more tips on learning kiteboarding visit Kiteboard Minnesota.