within Wawina Township, Itasca County
|Elevation||1,266 ft (386 m)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|ZIP code||55736 or 55784|
|Area code(s)||218 Exchange: 488|
|GNIS feature ID||653862|
The community is located between Grand Rapids and Floodwood at the junction of U.S. Highway 2 and Itasca County Road 25.
Wawina is located 13 miles northwest of Floodwood. Wawina is also located 23 miles southeast of Grand Rapids; and 53 miles northwest of Duluth. The boundary line between Itasca, Saint Louis, and Aitkin counties is nearby.
The community of Wawina is located within Wawina Township (population 77).
ZIP codes 55736 (Floodwood) and 55784 (Swan River) meet at Wawina.
Wawina has the distinction of having America's smallest telephone company. Northern Telephone Company of Minnesota (Area Code 218–488) serves fewer than 40 subscribers.
It gained brief fame as the last place in the continental United States to use a trunking system (inter-office circuits) that was called "N2 Carrier", an analog system that utilized Multi-Frequency (MF) tones and the infamous 2600 Hz control tone for answer supervision and idle trunk condition. This system was much loved by phone phreaks as it was the same system which the now infamous John Draper made famous. The era ended in June 2006, when the privately owned exchange switched to a digital trunk. Phone hacking attempts from across the nation had placed a large burden on the extremely small telephone company serving Wawina Township.
- "Wawina, Minnesota". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
- "Itasca County". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 12 July 2015.
- Upham, Warren (1920). Minnesota Geographic Names: Their Origin and Historic Significance. Minnesota Historical Society. p. 257.
- Rand McNally Road Atlas – 2007 edition – Minnesota entry
- Official State of Minnesota Highway Map – 2011/2012 edition
- Mn/DOT map of Itasca County – Sheet 1 – 2011 edition