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A Minnesota Tradition for Every Season

Excellence is a family tradition at Kavanaugh's, the only resort set on the shores of Lake Sylvan. This Brainerd Lakes resort is a 23-acre haven for world-class Minnesota recreation and well-appointed lodging. Breathe the fresh up-North air from a deluxe pontoon rental, the 108 holes of golf within 1½ miles, or on the onsite hiking and biking trails. In the winter months, Kavanaugh's is a wonderland for cross country skiing and snowmobiling. You'll love the indoor/outdoor pools, basketball, tennis and on-the-water fun like fishing, kayaking and water skiing! After your action-packed days, come home to Kavanaugh's condos, cottages or suites. Watch the sunset over the lake and relax by the glow of your own fireplace. Plan a vacation to Kavanaugh's – where excellence shows in everything they do!

  • Wifi
  • Restaurant Onsite
  • Pets Allowed
  • Property Size 50 units
  • Conference Facility
  • Kids Allowed
  • Nearby City Brainerd
  • Nearby Water Sylvan Lake
  • Open Dates All Year


Two sandy beaches adorn Kavanaugh's Minnesota lake property, with beach chairs in the sun and volleyball or swimming in crystal clear Lake Sylvan. For exploring on your Brainerd vacation, there are complimentary kayaks and paddle boats or ask the marine attendant about renting a pontoon or other boat. There's nothing like a Minnesota getaway on the lake!


Family-owned and operated, Kavanaugh's Sylvan Lake Resort is a complete Brainerd Lakes family vacation with warm hospitality, spacious, fully-equipped cabins and boundless recreation. Spend quality time on the beach, cast for panfish or visit the tennis and basketball courts for a friendly game of kids versus adults. There's something for everyone!


Kavanaugh's offers discounts on some of the best golfing in the country. The 108 holes within 1½ miles include the Classic, rated in the top 20 courses by Golf Digest, and the Legacy, a natural, Audubon-endorsed course. Whether you're a beginner or a pro, there's a Minnesota golf course for you!


No matter the season, Kavanaugh's Sylvan Lake Resort will make it a family reunion to remember! A pool and recreation complex make for the perfect place to plan a party while the surrounding nature offers plenty of outdoor adventures for all! After a fun-filled day, return to your spacious room and stretch out!


Kavanaugh's is the perfect place to experience Brainerd Lakes nature. Explore 4,400 feet of trails on site, or seven miles of paved trails and Pillsbury State Forest nearby. Take out a kayak on Upper Lake Sylvan. Don't miss winter in Brainerd – hundreds of miles of great Minnesota snowmobile trails await you!


The sparkling shores of Sylvan Lake offer 1,800 acres of angling adventures! Drop your line off the shore and reel in a plethora of panfish or head out on an expedition for some trophies. Rent a boat or bring your own and battle the behemoth largemouth bass!


Kavanaugh's may be the perfect destination for families, but it's also a great place for a couple's getaway. The resort's beautiful lake setting will provide you with romantic sunsets, fun days on the water and plenty of other activities to enjoy. At the end of the day, cozy up together in your private accommodations.


When you vacation at Kavanaugh's, rest assured that your accommodations will meet the resort's high standards of cleanliness and comfort. Gas fireplaces, lakeside decks, and fully modern kitchens are just some of the features you'll find inside the condos and cottages. And the list of onsite amenities is sure to please!


The 1,800-acre spring-fed Lake Sylvan offers clear, clean water perfect for Minnesota fishing vacations (panfish and largemouth bass are popular), swimming, kayaking, water skiing and more. Kavanaugh's invites you to bring your own boat – the resort has a launch and dock slips – or rent from its variety of watercraft.


Enjoy the breathtaking views of Lake Sylvan on your Minnesota honeymoon when you stay at Kavanaugh's. The outdoorsy couple will love all of the outdoor activities, including boating and fishing, and all couples will enjoy the luxurious private accommodations which include fireplaces and decks! Enjoy your honeymoon by booking a trip to Kavanaugh's.

Cabins, Cottages, and Chalets

The cottages at Kavanaugh's are beautiful and modern with complete kitchens and state-of-the-art appliances, stone fireplaces, and elegant interiors. There are numerous individual cottages here for your ultimate Brainerd Lakes getaway. Linens and towels are also provided, so make yourself at home!


The cottages at Kavanaugh's are the perfect place to experience a Minnesota summer holiday. Come for the Fourth of July for a fishing trip, or go hiking for Memorial Day. Lake Sylvan provides plenty of options for activities to keep your and your group entertained throughout the entire vacation! Book your next holiday trip today!

Villas and Condos

The condos at Kavanaugh's feature multiple bathrooms, beautiful stone fireplaces and comfortable furnishings. You'll love your own patio or lakeside deck with a grill for a refreshing cook-out! Some buildings feature multiple condos under one roof, ideal for your Minnesota group or large family gathering!

  • Basketball Court(s)
  • Bicycles
  • Cribs
  • Fitness Center
  • Game Room/Arcade
  • Mini Golf Course
  • Outdoor Playground
  • Pro Shop
  • Roll-Away Bed(s)
  • Swimming Pool
  • Tennis Court(s)
  • Volleyball Court(s)
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Coffee Maker
  • Deck
  • Fireplace
  • Full Kitchen
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Jacuzzi
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Patio
  • Refrigerator
  • Whirlpool
  • Basketball
  • Photography
  • Shopping
  • Sightseeing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • ATV/Fourwheeling
  • Beach
  • Beach Volleyball Court(s)
  • Biking/Bicycling
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating & Watercraft
  • Boat Docks
  • Canoeing
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Downhill Skiing/Snowboarding
  • Fire Pit(s)
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf Course
  • Outdoor Grill(s)
  • Hiking
  • Ice Fishing
  • Ice Skating
  • Kayaking
  • Wildlife & Nature
  • Picnic Table(s)
  • Play Ground
  • Sailing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Fishing Guides
  • Laundry Facilities
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Plan your next group event at Kavanaugh's Sylvan Lake Resort.

Bring your group to Kavanaugh's for Brainerd fun on the lake, the trail system and 108 holes of golf within 1 1/2 miles. Choose condos and cottages with up to three bedrooms!

For more information please call +1 (866) 562 - 8458 or Send Inquiry.



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Nearest Airports

  • Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport (BRD) / 11.4 miles
  • St Cloud Regional Airport (STC) / 59.5 miles
  • Chandler Field (AXN) / 60.4 miles

* Not all airports listed here may be open to public use, or service commercial flights

Plan your reunion at Kavanaugh's Sylvan Lake Resort
No matter the season, Kavanaugh's Sylvan Lake Resort will make it a family reunion to remember! A pool and recreation complex make for the perfect place to plan a party while the surrounding nature offers plenty of outdoor adventures for all! After a fun-filled day, return to your spacious room and stretch out!

Kavanaugh's is ideally located in the Brainerd Lakes Area for total family fun. When you stay at Kavanaugh's, you have the benefit of our beautiful lake setting, with nearby access to recreations for nearly every interest.  

Minnesota Golf Resort
108 holes within 1 1/2 miles

Pool and Recreation Complex
A pool and recreation complex add to the amenities at Kavanaugh's resort. The facility includes an indoor pool and whirlpool, a fitness room, game room and Laundromat. A seasonal heated outdoor pool with large patio area is adjacent to the pool complex.

Hiking & Biking "The Lakes Area" 
Walkers, bikers, nature lovers and photographers will appreciate the 4400 ft of trails within our resort and the City of East Gull Lake has a total of 9 miles of paved trail.  The City Trail now extends from Kavanaugh's to the Gull Lake Dam Recreation Area.  Miles of hiking opportunities await you in Pillsbury State Forest and the surrounding area. We are located only 8 miles from the trailhead of the legendary Paul Bunyan Trail. 

Bike Rentals (Mountain Bikes, Cruisers and Kid's Bikes) -RESORT GUESTS ONLY-

$9.00 per Hour

$25.00 per 4 Hours

$35.00 per Day  

Tandem Bike

$14.00 per Hour

$30.00 per 4 Hours  

Child Pull Behind Cart

$5.00 per Hour

$12.00 per 4 Hours

$17.00 per Day  

(2016 Rental Rates - prices subject to change)        

Recreate those simple days of summer pleasure by enjoying your favorite family water sport, together, on sparkling Upper Sylvan Lake. We can assure you that the scenery will be beautiful and the water and beaches among the cleanest and safest anywhere.  For the true boating and water enthusiast, you'll find paddle boating, kayaking, canoeing, paddleboarding and pontoon, all on our lake.

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