Birch Lake Township, Cass County, Minnesota

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Birch Lake Township, Minnesota
Birch Lake Township, Minnesota is located in Minnesota
Birch Lake Township, Minnesota
Birch Lake Township, Minnesota
Location within the state of Minnesota
Birch Lake Township, Minnesota is located in the United States
Birch Lake Township, Minnesota
Birch Lake Township, Minnesota
Birch Lake Township, Minnesota (the United States)
Coordinates: 46°55′46″N 94°28′54″W / 46.92944°N 94.48167°W / 46.92944; -94.48167Coordinates: 46°55′46″N 94°28′54″W / 46.92944°N 94.48167°W / 46.92944; -94.48167
CountryUnited States
 • Total35.4 sq mi (91.6 km2)
 • Land28.7 sq mi (74.4 km2)
 • Water6.6 sq mi (17.2 km2)
1,385 ft (422 m)
 • Total573
 • Density19.9/sq mi (7.7/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
FIPS code27-06040[1]
GNIS feature ID0663597[2]

Birch Lake Township is a township in Cass County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 573 as of the 2000 census.[3] This township took its name from Birch Lake.[4]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 35.3 square miles (91 km2), of which 28.7 square miles (74 km2) is land and 6.6 square miles (17 km2) (18.76%) is water.

The city of Hackensack is located entirely within Birch Lake Township geographically but is a separate entity.

Major highway[edit]


  • Birch Lake (east quarter)
  • Blind Lake (northwest edge)
  • Blueberry Lake
  • Boss Lake
  • Fish Lake
  • Hattfield Lake
  • Bank LakHigh e
  • Hiram Lake
  • Horseshoe Lake
  • Larson Lake
  • Little Boy Lake (northwest half)
  • Little Webb Lake (vast majority)
  • Mud Lake
  • Paquet Lake
  • Peterson Lake
  • Pleasant Lake
  • Round Lake (north half)
  • Stony Lake
  • Surprise Lake
  • Sylvester Lake
  • Tenmile Lake (east edge)
  • Three Island Lake
  • Webb Lake (vast majority)
  • Woodchuck Lake
  • Young Lake

Adjacent townships[edit]


The township contains the following cemeteries: Finnelly and Hillcrest.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 573 people, 259 households, and 188 families residing in the township. The population density was 19.9 people per square mile (7.7/km2). There were 647 housing units at an average density of 22.5/sq mi (8.7/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 98.43% White, and 1.57% from two or more races.

There were 259 households, out of which 17.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.9% were married couples living together, 2.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.4% were non-families. 24.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.21 and the average family size was 2.61.

In the township the population was spread out, with 17.1% under the age of 18, 4.0% from 18 to 24, 15.7% from 25 to 44, 38.7% from 45 to 64, and 24.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 53 years. For every 100 females, there were 105.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 109.3 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $36,042, and the median income for a family was $39,327. Males had a median income of $31,500 versus $26,875 for females. The per capita income for the township was $18,687. About 2.8% of families and 5.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.1% of those under age 18 and 1.5% of those age 65 or over.


  1. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ "U.S. Census website". Retrieved 2009-01-02.
  4. ^ Upham, Warren (1920). Minnesota Geographic Names: Their Origin and Historic Significance. Minnesota Historical Society. p. 87.