The City of Pequot Lakes is best known for it's highly visible bobber watertower, but with a thriving downtown retail district, the community is growing into a complete destination location. The 100+ mile paved Paul Bunyan Trail runs through town, giving bikers, walkers and snowmobilers alike a great resting spot. And weekend music concerts in the park during the summer just add to the small town charm of this city. Other summer festivals that draw crowds by the thousands include the 4th of July parade and Bean Hole Days. During winter, the antique snowmobile rendezvous brings travelers from all over the upper Midwest region.
To get a Paul Bunyan's eye view of the region, take in short drive along the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway — just east of Pequot Lakes on Cty Rd 11 to the DNR Fire Tower. Listed on the National Historic Lookout Register, the climb to the top is completely worth it once you see the view.
History of Pequot Lakes
Built along the Great Northern/Northern Pacific Railroad tracks, the city of Pequot Lakes started as a trading center. Hotels, retailers and saloons lined the streets. The Pequot Lakes Area Historical Society has a museum, located in the Cole Memorial Building across the street from the bobber water tower, of Depression and World War II era items from area famllies.
Local jeweler. Will create custom jewelry. Home of Paul Bunyan's engagement ring and Paul Bunyan charm.
Large selection of high-quality minnows, leeches, worms, bait fish and night crawlers. Fishing and hunting licenses are also available. Taco Depot -- drive thru Mexican food. Next to Paul Bunyan statue.
Wide variety of items -- vintage, collectibles, furniture, household, books and much more
Sewing and fabric, craft supplies, decorations. Copies (BW & color), including large-format.
Health food store. Organic, natural and gluten free foods and products.
Family footwear: athletic, comfort, and casual. ASICS, Clarks, New Balance, SAS, Naot, Merrell, Skechers, Red Wing, Haflingers, Minnetonka Moccasins, Birki's Aetrex orthotic inserts, and diabetic footwear.
Specialty coffee drinks, pastries and retail food items. Patries are by Sweet Petite Treats and includes scones, cupcakes, cheesecake and creampuffs.
Best pizza, burgers, and Italian food in town. Open for breakfast Saturday and Sunday mornings.
Traditional, family-owned restaurant specializing in home-smoked ribs, steaks, seafood, whale-sized walleye, and made-from-scratch soups, sauces, and dressings. Full bar and wine list. Superior service.
Upscale gift shop. Clothing, bath & body items, acessories, decorations, ganes and candles. Building also houses the Kitchen Place gadget store and the Gumdrop Tree toy store
Fishing gear and tackle, cabin decor and more
Soft-serve Dairy Queen and food items.
Manufactures, sells and distributes 500 different candle designs, sizes and shapes and 70 different fragrances.
Family restaurant, northwoods atmosphere, famous chicken, salad bar, and kids menu. Serving strong beer and wine. Catering and carry-out. Try the Paul Bunyan menu items!
Handmade herbal soap. 75 natural soap varieties, lotions and eco-friendly skincare gifts.
Household items, jewelry, art, furniture, clothing and shoes and more!
Fresh flowers and antique furniture. Gifts and homemade and locally made merchandise. Some locally made goods include pottery, jewelry and yoga bags.
Coffee, breakfast and great lunch options, including made-to-order sandwiches, salads and wraps. New space offers more seating, couches, a fireplace and a kids area.
Celebrating Celtic Heritage with unique gifts from Ireland, Scotland, Wales and the USA.
Full-service grocery store with deli and bakery. Pharmacy on-site.
Complete dinners, as well as sandwiches, burgers and pizza. Appetizers. All-you-can-eat fish on Fridays. Carry out available. Full bar. Off-sale available.
Consignment boutique including children's, men's, handbags, and women's clothing and accessories.
Log furniture and home furnishings.
Specialty retail store that sells authentic Japanese furniture and décor.