Backus, Minnesota, is a charming and close-knit community situated in the heart of the Northwoods. Known for its tranquil beauty and small-town hospitality, Backus offers a delightful escape from the hustle and bustle of modern life. Surrounded by lakes, forests, and abundant wildlife, this area is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. Whether you're seeking a peaceful retreat or a place to connect with nature, Backus provides an inviting backdrop for relaxation and exploration, capturing the essence of the serene Minnesota countryside.

Real Estate Statistics

Average Price $361K
Lowest Price $36.5K
Highest Price $995K
Total Listings 21
Avg. Days On Market 52
Avg. Price/SQFT $234

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Backus is in Cass County, part of the beautiful Northwoods region of the state. Known for its serene natural surroundings and close proximity to numerous lakes, Backus offers a tranquil and outdoor-oriented lifestyle that attracts residents and visitors alike. The town is situated in an area renowned for its recreational opportunities, with access to numerous lakes, including Pine Mountain Lake and Big Portage Lake, making it a haven for boating, fishing, and water sports enthusiasts. The surrounding forests and state parks also provide ample opportunities for hiking, camping, and wildlife viewing, making it a paradise for nature lovers. With a population that values the slower pace of life and the great outdoors, Backus is a close-knit community.

In addition to its natural beauty, Backus is home to a range of small businesses, shops, and restaurants that cater to the needs of its residents and visitors. While it offers a peaceful rural setting, it is not far from larger cities like Brainerd, which is about a 40-minute drive away, providing access to additional amenities, healthcare facilities, and entertainment options. Backus encapsulates the northern Minnesota experience, offering a welcoming and friendly atmosphere in a region known for its pristine lakes, lush forests, and the opportunity to embrace the great outdoors to the fullest. 

Community Attractions in Backus, Minnesota

Fishing and Water Sports - Backus is surrounded by numerous lakes, making it a haven for anglers and water sports enthusiasts. Pine Mountain Lake, Big Portage Lake, and others offer excellent fishing and opportunities for boating, canoeing, kayaking, and swimming.

Hiking and Nature TrailsThe area is rich in natural beauty, and there are several hiking and nature trails nearby, including those in the Chippewa National Forest and Paul Bunyan State Forest. These trails provide opportunities for birdwatching, wildlife viewing, and exploring the great outdoors.

ATV and Snowmobile TrailsBackus is a gateway to extensive ATV and snowmobile trails, making it a popular destination for off-road enthusiasts. These trails offer adventures year-round, from mud and dirt in the summer to snow-covered landscapes in the winter.

Local Dining and Shops - Backus has a few locally-owned restaurants and shops where you can enjoy a taste of small-town charm and hospitality. 

Bars and Restaurants 

Corner Store & Restaurant - Restaurant, bait shop + convenience store all in one! Check out their website for more.  

Salty Dog Saloon & Eatery - A family restaurant specializing in burgers, home-smoked BBQ ribs, and pulled pork. Open seasonally! 

Local Events

Backus Cornfest - This annual community event, typically held in late summer, is a celebration of the town's agricultural heritage. It features activities like a parade, live music, carnival rides, games, and, of course, plenty of sweet corn.

Cass County Fair - Nearby Pine River hosts an annual county fair, which is a fun family event with rides, food vendors, agricultural exhibits, and entertainment.

Pine Mountain Lake Recreation Area - Pine Mountain Lake, located near Backus, has a recreation area with a picnic area, swimming beach, and boat launch. It's a great spot for a day of swimming, picnicking, and water-based activities.

Trails and Parks 

Paul Bunyan Trail - A former railroad, the paved Paul Bunyan trail runs directly through Pequot Lakes. The trail extends over 120 miles from beyond Bemidji in the north to just past Brainerd in the south.

Chippewa National Forest - To the north of Backus lies the Chippewa National Forest, a vast and scenic forested area with numerous trails and outdoor recreational opportunities. Visitors can enjoy hiking, fishing, camping, and birdwatching in this beautiful natural setting.

Pine Mountain Lake Recreation Area - Pine Mountain Lake, located near Backus, has a recreation area with a picnic area, swimming beach, and boat launch. It's a great spot for a day of swimming, picnicking, and water-based activities.

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