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Bay Lake Minnesota Community Guide


Location:
Bay Lake Minnesota

Location of Bay Lake Township Minnesota


Population: 
 Bay Lake (township) 1970 1980 1990 2000 1990-2000 Change
Actual Percent
Population 474 719 657 923 266 40.49
Land Area (sq. mile) 25.80 31.89 0.00 27.03 27.03 0.00
Density (persons per sq. mile) 18.37 22.55 -- 34.15 -- --
Housing Units 962 1,047 1,376 1,335 -41 -2.98
Households -- 278 280 421 141 50.36
Persons Per Household -- 2.59 2.35 2.19 -0.16 -6.67

Geography:

Bay Lake Township is a township in Crow Wing County, Minnesota. Minnesota Highway 6 and Minnesota Highway 18 are two of the main arterial routes in the township. The township encompasses Bay Lake as well as several smaller lakes. According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 36.3 square miles (93.9 km²), of which, 27.0 square miles (70.0 km²) of it is land and 9.2 square miles (23.9 km²) of it (25.48%) is water. The elevation is 1,266 ft (386 m) above sea level.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.


Demographics:
 
As of the census of 2000, there were 923 people, 421 households, and 306 families residing in the township. The population density was 34.2 people per square mile (13.2/km²). There were 1,335 housing units at an average density of 49.4/sq mi (19.1/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 98.48% White, 0.65% Native American, 0.11% Asian, and 0.76% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.43% of the population.

There were 421 households out of which 16.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.9% were married couples living together, 2.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.1% were non-families. 24.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.19 and the average family size was 2.59.

In the township the population was spread out with 17.1% under the age of 18, 1.6% from 18 to 24, 17.0% from 25 to 44, 37.7% from 45 to 64, and 26.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 55 years. For every 100 females there were 98.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.8 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $42,596, and the median income for a family was $48,558. Males had a median income of $36,250 versus $26,563 for females. The per capita income for the township was $26,194. About 6.3% of families and 7.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.5% of those under age 18 and 6.6% of those age 65 or over.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.


History:  

Although Bay Lake was known to the early trappers and fur traders, it wasn't until the railroad began building from Duluth to the West Coast in 1870 that this area began to be settled. Deerwood became a station on the new railroad in 1871 and opened up new land for development. Dave Archibald became the first permanent settler at Bay Lake in 1881. He located just east of what is now Ruttger's.

Other early settlers were Nick Newgard 1882, Verner Taylor 1882, Robert and Archie Downey 1882, Abe Christensen 1883 , H.F.J. Knieff 1883, Robert Maghan 1883, G.A Hunt 1883, and Otto Wasserzieher 1883.

A cooperative colony was organized in 1886 to develop the area. Joe Ruttger was one of its original members and later bought part of the original property which was to become Ruttgers’ Resort.

More information can be found in Al Knieff's book Cuyuna Country: A Peoples’ History. You can also check out the Cuyuna Country Heritage Preservation Society.

Courtesy of Bay Lake Township

BAY LAKE Township received its name from its large lake, which was so named for its irregular outline, with many bays, projecting points, and islands. Its Ojibwe name, like that of another lake of similar form in Aitkin County, was Sisabagama (accented on the third syllable), meaning, according to Gilfillan, "Every-which-way lake, or the lake which has arms running in all directions." A post office was in section 4, 1884-85 and 1892-1904

Courtesy Minnesota Historical Society


Government:
Bay Lake Township  
13861 County Road 10
Deerwood, MN 56444
Phone: (218) 678-3821
Web: www.baylaketownship.org

Bay Lake Township Board meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm at the Bay Lake Township Hall.

Clerk
Carol Pundt
15245 Woodland Beach Lane
Deerwood, MN 56444
(218) 678-3256
Treasurer RaeJean Anderson
PO Box 382
Deerwood, MN 56444
(218) 678-2043
Supervisor Justin Smith
17377 County Road 10
Deerwood, MN 56444
(218) 394-0013
Supervisor Don Hales
14994 Grosbeak Lane
Deerwood, MN 56444
(320) 267-7770
Supervisor Jon Steblay
13706 Crooked Lake Road
Deerwood, MN 56444
(218) 764-3424

Post Office:    Bay Lake is served by the Deerwood Post Office:
US Post Office
23809 Forest Road
Deerwood, MN 56444
Phone: (218) 534-3144
Toll Free: (800) ASK-USPS
Web: www.usps.gov

US Post Office, Deerwood Minnesota

Regular Business Hours:
Week Days      
8:30 am - 12:00 pm
                       
1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Saturday           9:00 am - 10:00 am
 
Latest Collection at Post Office:
Week Days            4:45 pm
Saturday                10:00 am

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Utilities:
Utility Type Utility Name Utility Phone
Electricity n/a n/a
Natural Gas n/a n/a
Wastewater n/a n/a
Water n/a n/a
Telephone n/a n/a
Cable TV n/a n/a

Major Employers:
Employer Products/Services Employees
n/a


News:
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Minnesota State Highway Map of the Bay Lake Minnesota area
Minnesota State Highway Map of the Bay Lake Minnesota area

Map of Bay Lake Township, Minnesota
Courtesy Bay Lake Township - Click map to zoom or enlarge


Events:

none


Attractions:

none


Recreation:
   


Lakes:
Lake Name Size
(acres)
Lake info Lake Map Rec Map Topo Map
Bay n/a    
Birch n/a    
Coffee n/a    
Clearwater 880
Crooked  443
Esden n/a    
Goose n/a    
Hanks 161
Horseshoe 34
Island n/a      
Knieff 38
Loon n/a    
Maple 60
Mud n/a      
Partridge 184
Pine 390
Portage 274
Rice n/a    
Round n/a    
Scott 155
Tame Fish n/a        
Turtle 95
Wilson n/a    

Health Care:

none - see Deerwood, Crosby and Brainerd


Schools:

none


Churches: 

none - see Deerwood, Crosby and Brainerd


Media:

none - see Deerwood, Crosby and Brainerd

 
Motels:
none - see Deerwood, Crosby and Brainerd

Resorts:
Ruttgers Bay Lake Lodge
25039 Tame Fish Lake Road
Deerwood, MN 56444
Phone: (218) 678-2885
Toll Free: (800) 450-4545
Fax: (218) 678-2864
Web: www.ruttgersresorts.com

The family-friendly ambiance of Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge makes this Minnesota Resort an ideal place to spend your next family vacation. With a broad list of activities created with families in mind, you might try boating, water skiing, or fishing.

Ruttgers Bay Lake Lodge, Deerwood Minnesota
Woodland Beach Resort
15596 Woodland Beach Lane
Deerwood, MN 56444
Phone: (218) 678-2302
Web: www.woodlandbeachresort.com

Located on beautiful Bay Lake, a 2,435 acre lake of bays, points and islands, that is one of the top bass fishing lakes in Minnesota. We have 20, 1-4 bedroom clean, modern, knotty pine cabins; all with fully equipped kitchens, including microwaves and cable TV.


Campgrounds:
Sissebagamah RV Resort
14194 Katrine Drive
Deerwood, MN 56444
Phone: (218) 678-3393
Web: www.sissebagamah.com

Our 36 large RV sites have many mature trees and full hookups.  We have new landscaping, common picnic/recreation area down by the lake.  Also, we have new high speed wireless internet and game room with internet cafe.  But most importantly we are friendly owners who are going to work hard to make your vacation on Bay Lake a relaxing one.


Businesses:
Bay Lake Camp
16257 Brighton Point Road
Deerwood, MN 56444
Phone: (218) 678-2271
Web: www.baylakecamp.net

Bay Lake Camp is a place where all are welcome. We celebrate urban camping ministry with all its rich diversity, in a unique island wilderness which emphasizes the stewardship of all creation. We value the rich gifts of urban congregations and stay grounded in ministry to urban youth and their families. We encourage spiritual leadership that fosters multicultural relationship building, and we seek to encounter God through rest and play.

Bay Lake Camp, Bay Lake Minnesota
Bay Lake Classics
27465 Waffensmith Road
Deerwood, MN 56444
Phone: (218) 678-3624
 
Bay Lake Marine
17380 Battle Point Road
Deerwood, MN 56444
Phone: (218) 534-3435
Toll Free: (877) 662-6358
Fax: (218) 534-3917
Web: www.boats.com/boat-dealers/baylakemarine.html
Bay Lake Marine, Deerwood Minnesota
Bay Lake Realty
25488 Timberglade Trail
Deerwood, MN 56444
Phone: (952) 426-5751
Office: (218) 678-3318
Fax: (218) 678-3318
Web: www.baylakerealty.com

As owners of Bay Lake Realty and residents in the local community, we focus our efforts and resources on the listing and sale of lakeshore property on Bay Lake and the surrounding area. We share over 50 years of experience in sales, title insurance, real estate management and real estate closings. This gives us a unique perspective and ability to offer a level of professional services nowhere else available in the local real estate market.

Lonesome Pine Restaurant & Bar
13726 Katrine Drive
Deerwood MN 56444
Phone: (218) 678-2874
Web: www.lonesomepineonline.com

Slightly off the beaten path stands one lone pine. It is a spruce that stands with dignity at the entrance to the Lonesome Pine Restaurant on Bay Lake where all are made to feel welcome. It is a place to linger and take pleasure from a quiet dinner or glass of wine. The charm, warmth, and casual elegance of the highly polished cedar tables beckon guests to escape the ordinary and relax with impeccable service and excellent food. There is even a playground outside where children burn off a little energy while parents relax with friends The Lonesome Pine offers a full-variety menu, including pasta with homemade sauces, steaks, and weekend specials such as prime rib and a fish or seafood entrees.

Lonesome Pine Restaurant & Bar, Bay Lake Minnesota
Ruttgers Bay Lake Lodge
25039 Tame Fish Lake Road
Deerwood, MN 56444
Phone: (218) 678-2885
Toll Free: (800) 450-4545
Fax: (218) 678-2864
Web: www.ruttgersresorts.com

The family-friendly ambiance of Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge makes this Minnesota Resort an ideal place to spend your next family vacation. With a broad list of activities created with families in mind, you might try boating, water skiing, or fishing.

Ruttgers Bay Lake Lodge, Deerwood Minnesota
Sissebagamah RV Resort
14194 Katrine Drive
Deerwood, MN 56444
Phone: (218) 678-3393
Web: www.sissebagamah.com

Our 36 large RV sites have many mature trees and full hookups. We have new landscaping, common picnic/recreation area down by the lake.  Also, we have new high speed wireless internet and game room with internet cafe.  But most importantly we are friendly owners who are going to work hard to make your vacation on Bay Lake a relaxing one.

(The) White Hawk
County Road 10
Deerwood, MN 56444
Phone: (218) 678-2000
Web: www.thewhitehawkonbaylake.com

Come and Enjoy Great Food and a Great Atmosphere!

The White Hawk, Bay Lake Minnesota

Woodland Beach Resort
15596 Woodland Beach Lane
Deerwood, MN 56444
Phone: (218) 678-2302
Web: www.woodlandbeachresort.com

Located on beautiful Bay Lake, a 2,435 acre lake of bays, points and islands, that is one of the top bass fishing lakes in Minnesota. We have 20, 1-4 bedroom clean, modern, knotty pine cabins; all with fully equipped kitchens, including microwaves and cable TV.


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