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The Ultimate Minnesota Lake Vacation

Surrounded by 35 acres of lush forests just northeast of Nisswa, awaits a family operated Minnesota resort that's everything you're looking for in peace and quiet in the north woods. Upper Cullen Resort is a charming, family-owned retreat that has welcomed an assortment of travelers since it's start in 1928. The beautiful Cullen chain of lakes are just a quick stroll from your cabin and ideal for your outdoor adventure. Fishing is a favorite pastime here; the lakes are teeming with northern pike, bass, sunfish, crappie and limited walleye, ensuring your chance to reel in a mighty catch no matter your level of skill. Upper Cullen Lake is the most private and serene of the three-lake Cullen Chain and you are only steps from sandy shore, where they offer the only private boat launch on the lake making it even easier for you to venture out for fishing, boating, swimming and more. If you need a break from the water, you can enjoy free hay rides around the neighborhood, or visit the onsite game room. At the end of the day, retreat to your cozy cabin that's equipped with air conditioning, microwave, coffee maker, and cable television. You'll also have your own picnic table, free WiFi, and outdoor campfire ring; toast up some s'mores to celebrate your getaway!

  • Wifi
  • Restaurant Onsite
  • Pets Allowed
  • Property Size 12 units
  • Conference Facility
  • Kids Allowed
  • Nearby City Nisswa
  • Nearby Water Upper Cullen Lake
  • Open Dates May 1 to Oct 10


Resting along the eastern shore of Upper Cullen Lake awaits the Upper Cullen Resort, the perfect place for your Minnesota lake vacation. Here, you will find a wide stretch of sandy beach just steps away from your cozy cabin. Easy access ensures you're never far from all the action, whether it's a day of swimming in the shallow end, taking a boat out for fishing, or simply lounging on the shore and soaking up the sun!


Bring together your loved ones for a memorable Minnesota vacation at Upper Cullen Resort. This charming destination is surrounded by lush wooded landscapes and the tranquil wonders of the Cullen chain of lakes. You can spend quality time teaching the kids how to fish, or exploring the attractions in the nearby Brainerd Lakes area. An onsite game room is perfect for an unexpected rainy day, while private campfire rings let you enjoy fun cookouts to wrap up the day! Upper Cullen Resort, proven safe for families since 1928.


With 35 acres of forested woodlands all around and the Cullen chain of lakes nearby, the Upper Cullen Resort is everything you're looking for in a nature retreat. This is a place that's truly secluded and undisturbed, featuring cozy lakefront cabins and plenty of exciting outdoor opportunities. The private boat launch lets you explore the waters at your leisure, while neighboring trails give you the chance to get even closer to the lush surroundings!


Upper Cullen Lake is known for its great fishing adventures. When you stay at Upper Cullen Resort you can easily take out a boat from their private launch and cast your line for a variety of species. The lake is abundant with northern pike, bass, sunfish, crappie, limited walleye and much more. Whether you're new to the sport, or a seasoned angler, you're sure to have a great time in this refreshing natural environment!


Sometimes you just need to take a break from the hustle-bustle. At Upper Cullen Resort, you and your sweetheart can settle into a cozy cabin and enjoy the cry of a loon or simply enjoy each other. This is where all your worries will fade away as you boat the mostly underdeveloped shoreline of Upper Cullen Lake or explore the surrounding wilderness. You're sure to get closer together than ever before!


Upper Cullen Resort is located on the shores of Upper Cullen Lake and just minutes from the rest of the Cullen chain of lakes, making it the ultimate destination for your Minnesota lake vacation. They offer a private boat launch for easy access out onto the water. The 435-acre lake is full of unique spots for fishing, swimming, and adventuring! You're sure to experience a lake vacation like never before!

Cabins, Cottages, and Chalets

Upper Cullen Resort offer cabins ranging from one to four bedrooms full of amenities to make any trip to Northern Minnesota comfortable. Full kitchens and kitchenettes allow you to prepare delicious meals during your vacation, while your close proximity to the lake allows easy access to the water. Choose from a lake view or lake front cabin and find the amenities that match all of your travel needs including a wood burning fireplace, cable television, free wireless internet and more!

Additional Information

  • Basketball Court(s)
  • Game Room/Arcade
  • Gift Shop
  • Outdoor Playground
  • Volleyball Court(s)
  • Beach
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating & Watercraft
  • Boat Docks
  • Canoeing
  • Fire Pit(s)
  • Fishing Pier(s)
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Outdoor Grill(s)
  • Hiking
  • Wildlife & Nature
  • Picnic Table(s)
Room Amenities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Coffee Maker
  • Deck
  • Fireplace
  • Full Kitchen
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Patio
  • Picnic Tables
  • Refrigerator
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Basketball
  • Hayride
  • Ice Cream Social
  • Kid's Activities
  • Photography
  • Shopping
  • Shuffle Board
  • Sightseeing
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball
  • Laundry Facilities
Languages Spoken
  • English

Nearest Airports

  • Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport (BRD) / 10.9 miles
  • St Cloud Regional Airport (STC) / 66.6 miles
  • Chandler Field (AXN) / 67.2 miles

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

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