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Forest Lake, Minnesota
—  City  —
Location of Forest Lake, Minnesota
Coordinates: 45°16′34″N 92°59′5″W / 45.27611°N 92.98472°W / 45.27611; -92.98472
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Washington
 - Total 4.2 sq mi (11.0 km2)
 - Land 4.2 sq mi (10.9 km2)
 - Water 0.1 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 912 ft (278 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 6,798
 Density 1,620.8/sq mi (626.4/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 55025
Area code(s) 651
FIPS code 27-21770[1]
GNIS feature ID 0643806[2]

Forest Lake is a city in Washington County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 6,798 at the 2000 census. It is located on a lake of the same name, part of the drainage basin of the Sunrise River.

Interstate 35 and U.S. Routes 8 and 61 are three of the main arterial routes in the city.



Forest Lake began as a stop for the St. Paul and Duluth Railroad. The first train reached Forest Lake on December 23, 1868. The lake was so named for the abundant timber that lines its shores. Forest Lake Township was organized on March 11, 1874; The first one-room school was built that same year, which stood at the present day location of city hall. The city of Forest Lake was incorporated on July 11, 1893 with 175 residents. In 2001, the city annexed the Forest Lake Township.[3]


Forest Lake has a high population of Northern Pike, Largemouth Bass, Walleye, and Pan Fish (Blugill, Crappie, and Perch). It also holds Muskie, while the numbers are relatively low, the average size is becoming quite large, making for a trophy fishery.[citation needed]


The first newspaper, The Enterprise, was printed in 1903. It was changed in 1907 to The Forest Lake Advertiser and later to The Forest Lake Times, in 1916 as it remains to this day.


  • The Tin Man (was removed in 2006)
  • Forest Lake
  • Lakeside Park (Located on the northwest side of the Lake)


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.2 square miles (11.0 km²), of which, 4.2 square miles (10.9 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (1.18%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 6,798 people, 2,805 households, and 1,744 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,620.8 people per square mile (626.4/km²). There were 2,897 housing units at an average density of 690.7/sq mi (267.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.18% White, 0.40% African American, 0.40% Native American, 0.54% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.19% from other races, and 1.24% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.00% of the population.

There were 2,805 households out of which 32.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.9% were married couples living together, 13.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.8% were non-families. 30.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the city the population was spread out with 25.8% under the age of 18, 9.5% from 18 to 24, 31.2% from 25 to 44, 20.0% from 45 to 64, and 13.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 93.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $44,419, and the median income for a family was $52,898. Males had a median income of $38,333 versus $26,028 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,058. About 4.1% of families and 6.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.9% of those under age 18 and 11.2% of those age 65 or over.


  • Located in Minnesota's 6th congressional district represented by U.S. Representative Michelle Bachmann (R).
  • Represented in the Minnesota State Senate by Ray Vaneveer (R), District 52.
  • Represented in the Minnesota State House by Bob Dettmer (R), District 52A.
  • The current mayor is Stev Stegner.

Notable natives


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Coordinates: 45°16′44″N 92°59′07″W / 45.27889°N 92.98528°W / 45.27889; -92.98528



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