Chisago Lake Township, Chisago County, Minnesota

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Chisago Lake Township, Minnesota
Chisago Lake Township is located in Minnesota
Chisago Lake Township
Chisago Lake Township
Location within the state of Minnesota
Coordinates: 45°23′35″N 92°51′17″W / 45.39306°N 92.85472°W / 45.39306; -92.85472Coordinates: 45°23′35″N 92°51′17″W / 45.39306°N 92.85472°W / 45.39306; -92.85472
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Chisago
 • Total 52.6 sq mi (136.2 km2)
 • Land 43.2 sq mi (112.0 km2)
 • Water 9.3 sq mi (24.1 km2)
Elevation 892 ft (272 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 4,656
 • Density 108/sq mi (41.6/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 55012
Area code(s) 651
FIPS code 27-11368[1]
GNIS feature ID 0663798[2]

Chisago Lake Township is a township in Chisago County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 4,656 at the 2010 census,[3] up from 3,276 at the 2000 census.


Chisago Lake Township was organized in 1858. It took its name from nearby Chisago Lake.[4]


The township is located in southern Chisago County, between Lent Township and Chisago City to the west, Shafer Township and Franconia Township to the east, Sunrise Township and Amador Township to the north, and the city of Scandia in Washington County to the south. The cities of Lindstrom and Center City are near the center of the township but administratively separate.

U.S. Highway 8 crosses the township, leading east to St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin, and southwest to Forest Lake.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 52.6 square miles (136.2 km2), of which 43.2 square miles (112.0 km2) is land and 9.3 square miles (24.1 km2), or 17.73%, is water.[3] There are more than 20 lakes in the township, the largest of which are Sunrise Lake, North and South Center Lakes, North and South Lindstrom Lakes, Kroon Lake, Linn Lake, Chisago Lake, and Green Lake.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,276 people, 1,127 households, and 926 families residing in the township. The population density was 70.9 people per square mile (27.4/km²). There were 1,269 housing units at an average density of 27.5/sq mi (10.6/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 99.18% White, 0.34% African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.06% Asian, 0.03% from other races, and 0.27% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.82% of the population.

There were 1,127 households out of which 42.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 74.8% were married couples living together, 3.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 17.8% were non-families. 14.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.89 and the average family size was 3.21.

In the township the population was spread out with 30.3% under the age of 18, 5.4% from 18 to 24, 31.4% from 25 to 44, 25.1% from 45 to 64, and 7.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 112.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 112.1 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $65,858, and the median income for a family was $67,458. Males had a median income of $45,867 versus $29,886 for females. The per capita income for the township was $23,019. About 1.0% of families and 1.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.6% of those under age 18 and 0.9% of those age 65 or over.

In popular culture[edit]

Chisago Lake was the location where the main characters of the epic Swedish novel The Emigrants settled.


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Chisago Lake township, Chisago County, Minnesota". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved October 1, 2014. 
  4. ^ Upham, Warren (1920). Minnesota Geographic Names: Their Origin and Historic Significance. Minnesota Historical Society. p. 108.