Madden’s On Gull Lake – The Perfect Getaway by Lake or Land

Photo by Brad Thornberg

BRAINERD, MINN. – Madden’s Resort on Gull Lake near Brainerd, Minnesota, will host the annual Minnesota Seaplane Pilots Association (MSPA) Seminar & Fly-In, May 3-5, 2013. If you haven’t registered, go to You can land on the lake, or at nearby East Gull Lake Airport, or fly into Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport and rent a car.

At the annual meeting in December, outgoing MSPA President Mary Alverson reported on the success of the 2012 Safety Seminar & Fly-In at Madden’s. The event added an air show featuring DNR tankers, area helicopters, and aerobatics by Pete Tellevida and Bill Chowden flying an Extra and Yak 55. Much more is instore for the 2013 seminar and fly-in.

“Invasive species” and what seaplane pilots can do to prevent their spread is one of the hot topics among seaplane pilots, today. MSPA has taken a proactive approach in working with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to get the latest information and provide correct preventive procedures to pilots, says newly MSPA President Ben Thuringer. (See article on invasive species in the Minnesota Aeronautics Bulletin on page 48.)

Madden’s Resort welcomes floatplane and fixed gear pilots to stop by for a long weekend, to enjoy dining in one of its restaurants, or simply for ice cream. If you are staying the night, Madden’s has a new lakeside bar right next to the beach to grab a cold drink, and accommodations range from cottages and hotel rooms, to luxury villas. Madden’s has non-oxygenated 91 fuel at the marina. If you are on wheels, land at nearby East Gull Lake Airport and Madden’s will pick you up. Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport has 100LL service at their seaplane dock, as well.

If you are searching for an idyllic location to obtain your seaplane pilot certificate, Madden’s on Gull Lake is the place for you. Their “Seaplane Flight Training Package” includes four days/three nights lodging, golf, and breakfast and dinner each day. Local seaplane instructor and past MSPA president, Mary Alverson, will spend six (6) hours of flying time with you, and in your off-time, you will enjoy all that Madden’s has to offer. Visit for complete information.

Visit or call 800.642.5363 or email for complete resort information and reservations for the annual Minnesota Seaplane Pilots Association (MSPA) Seminar & Fly-In, May 3-5, 2013. For those coming by car, Madden’s is located at 11266 Pine Beach Peninsula, Brainerd, Minnesota.

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