|Hardy Lake is an “undiscovered
gem “in the lakes area of central Minnesota.
Located on the quiet side of Brainerd, Hardy
Lake is tucked away in the rolling hills and
pine forests that surround the land where the
Crow Wing River meets the Mississippi.
Hardy Lake is small enough to offer vacationers
a quiet, peaceful atmosphere, where canoe
paddlers and small sailboat operators can enjoy
calm waters, rarely bothered by larger boats and
waves that threaten more congested lakes.
On the other hand, this lake is quite adequate
in size to be welcoming to those who wish to
pull skiers and / or tubes behind their
watercraft. With Shady Hollow Resort the only
resort and only boat access on the lake, the
traffic on the lake is considerably quiet on
For the fishermen, young and old, Hardy Lake is,
again, an undiscovered gem. Pan fish galore
inhabit the warm shallows, to the delight of
children fishing from the docks as well as those
in boats in the open areas. With a considerable
amount of natural shoreline and emergent
vegetation, Hardy is also home to Largemouth
Bass, Crappie and Northern.
From May to September the lake is enjoyable to
swimmers. The clean, clear water warms up
quickly each spring, and yet is still refreshing
cool mid-day swim in August.
Swimmers and boaters alike will discover
abundant wild life on the shorelines, hills, and
woods surrounding Hardy Lake, as well as in the
pristine blue skies overhead. Whitetail Deer
frequent the yards and shoreline areas…sometimes
seen standing in the shallows along a quiet
shore, enjoying a cool drink. Muskrat and beaver
go about their chores as well, usually more
active in the early morning hours. Turtles are a
common sight, basking in the warm sun or
searching for a meal among the lily pads.
Overhead, the sky offers an array of sights all
day long. Bald Eagles majestically soaring,
Osprey that nest within sight, and swooping down
to snatch a fish from the water…to the delight
of those lucky enough to witness the moment.
Ducks, geese and hawks are plentiful, as well as
various migratory species in the spring and
In a nutshell, Hardy is a peaceful, unspoiled,
calm-watered lake with much to offer those who
seek a restful, natural environment, and those
who enjoy an open-water area suitable for
boating, skiing and tubing.
NEW LIFE JACKET LAW Effective May 2005:All
children under 10 years of age must wear a life
jacket in the boat. We recommend you have your
small children try on the jacket BEFORE you
arrive, have them wear it around the house to
get used to it so when you go boating they will
feel comfortable having it on and you will have
a pleasant vacation.
|MN DNR Map of Hardy Lake
| Equipment Rental
|Pontoon (20 HP)
| Outboard Motor (6 HP)
||$5 Each Time
| Boat - $35 per week when bringing your
Extra Boat - $5 per day
| Paddle Boat
|| As Available