Perch Lake Township, Carlton County, Minnesota

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Perch Lake Township, Minnesota
Perch Lake Township, Minnesota is located in Minnesota
Perch Lake Township, Minnesota
Perch Lake Township, Minnesota
Location within the state of Minnesota
Coordinates: 46°42′41″N 92°37′23″W / 46.71139°N 92.62306°W / 46.71139; -92.62306Coordinates: 46°42′41″N 92°37′23″W / 46.71139°N 92.62306°W / 46.71139; -92.62306
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Carlton
 • Total 36.5 sq mi (94.7 km2)
 • Land 34.6 sq mi (89.7 km2)
 • Water 1.9 sq mi (4.9 km2)
Elevation 1,312 ft (400 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 998
 • Density 28.8/sq mi (11.1/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
FIPS code 27-50446[1]
GNIS feature ID 0665282[2]

Perch Lake Township is a township in Carlton County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 998 as of the 2000 census.[3] "Perch Lake" is probably an English translation of the Native American name for this township's namesake lake.[4]

Big Lake Road, Twin Lakes Drive, Ditchbank Road, Mission Road, and Cary Road are five of the main routes in the township. Perch Lake Township is located immediately west of the city of Cloquet. The community of Sawyer is located immediately south of the township.

Perch Lake Township is located within the Fond du Lac Indian Reservation.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 36.5 square miles (94.7 km²), of which 34.7 square miles (89.7 km²) is land and 1.9 square miles (4.9 km²) (5.20%) is water.

Unincorporated communities[edit]


  • Big Lake
  • Cedar Lake
  • Hardwood Lake
  • Perch Lake (east three-quarters)
  • Sofie Lake

Adjacent townships, cities, and communities[edit]

The following municipalities and communities are adjacent to Perch Lake Township :

Atkinson Township is nearby to the south, but does not border Perch Lake Township.


The township contains these three cemeteries: Big Lake Indian Catholic, Perch Lake and Methodist Indian.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 998 people, 385 households, and 277 families residing in the township. The population density was 28.8 people per square mile (11.1/km²). There were 506 housing units at an average density of 14.6/sq mi (5.6/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 75.05% White, 22.14% Native American, 0.10% Asian, 0.20% from other races, and 2.51% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.10% of the population.

There were 385 households out of which 34.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.1% were married couples living together, 8.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.8% were non-families. 24.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.05.

In the township the population was spread out with 28.2% under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 27.2% from 25 to 44, 24.5% from 45 to 64, and 12.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 114.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 109.0 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $34,028, and the median income for a family was $44,028. Males had a median income of $35,500 versus $27,708 for females. The per capita income for the township was $16,794. About 6.3% of families and 9.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.6% of those under age 18 and 9.5% of those age 65 or over.