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Waskish Minnesota Community Guide


Location:

Welcome to Waskish Minnesota sign


Population: 
Waskish (township) 1970 1980 1990 2000 2007
(est)
1990-2000 Change
Actual Percent
Population 138 133 111 116 116 5 4.50
Land Area (sq. mile) 68.2 71.6 65.0 65.0 -- 0.00 0.00
Density (persons per sq. mile) 2.02 1.86 1.71 1.78 -- 0.08 4.50
Housing Units 161 292 162 313 -- 151 93.21
Households -- 51 52 61 62 9 17.31
Persons Per Household -- 2.61 2.13 1.90 1.87 -0.23 -10.99

Geography:

Waskish Township is a township in Beltrami County, Minnesota. State Highway 72 is the primary arterial in the community. According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 72.0 square miles (186.5 km²), of which 65.0 square miles (168.4 km²) is land and 7.0 square miles (18.1 km²) (9.69%) is water. The elevation is 1,184 ft (361 m) above sea level.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.


Demographics:
 
As of the census of 2000, there were 116 people, 61 households, and 35 families residing in the township. The population density was 1.8 people per square mile (0.7/km²). There were 313 housing units at an average density of 4.8/sq mi (1.9/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 95.69% White, 2.59% African American, 0.86% Native American, and 0.86% from two or more races.

There were 61 households out of which 9.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.5% were married couples living together, 3.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.6% were non-families. 41.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.90 and the average family size was 2.49.

In the township the population was spread out with 10.3% under the age of 18, 5.2% from 18 to 24, 12.9% from 25 to 44, 44.0% from 45 to 64, and 27.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 58 years. For every 100 females there were 123.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 112.2 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $25,000, and the median income for a family was $29,750. Males had a median income of $17,813 versus $52,500 for females. The per capita income for the township was $19,489. There were 12.8% of families and 26.8% of the population living below the poverty line, including 77.8% of under eighteens and 5.7% of those over 64.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.


History:  

Waskish, a community in Washkish Township, section 8; the post office was established in 1910, with Frank Lyons as first postmaster; Lyons erected the first building in 1902, a small log cabin that was a store, home, and eventually the post office, and he named the site Wahwaushkayshe, shortened to Washkish, and again to Waskish. This was a popular summer fishing area; the entire townsite was purchased by the state in 1934 because the Department of Conservation needed a portion of land where the Tamarack River empties into the lake for the purpose of netting pike and stripping spawn when the fish start their spring run.

Courtesy Minnesota Historical Society

Bridge over Tamarac River near Waskish Minnesota, 1950
Bridge over Tamarac River near Waskish Minnesota, 1950
Courtesy Minnesota Historical Society.  Click image to enlarge or purchase

 
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Government:
Title Term Ends Name and Address Phone
Chairman 12/2011 David Leonhardt
32128 Konig Road NE
Waskish, MN 56685
(218) 647-8565

Clerk

appointed Helen Platz
PO Box 466
Waskish, MN 56685
(218) 647-8126
Treasurer appointed Patsy Petrowske
27194 Steelbridge Road NE
Waskish, MN 56685
(218) 647-8652
Supervisor 12/2010 Raymond Berger 
54450 Frankie Lane NE
Waskish, MN 56685
(218) 647-8413
Supervisor 12/2012 Velmer Halama 
28843 Konig Road NE
Waskish MN 56685
(218) 647-8570

Post Office:
US Post Office
54997 Highway 72 NE
Waskish, MN 56685-4034
Phone: (218) 647-8492
Toll Free: (800) ASK-USPS
Web: www.usps.com
US Post Office, Waskish Minnesota
Regular Business Hours:
Week Days      
8:30 am - 1:00 pm
Saturday          
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Latest Collection at Post Office:
Week Days            1:00 pm
Saturday                5:00 pm

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Utilities:
Utility Type Utility Name Utility Phone
Electricity Beltrami Electric Cooperative (800) 955-6083
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



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Minnesota State Highway Map of the Waskish Minnesota area
Minnesota State Highway Map of the Waskish Minnesota area


Events:
Big Bog Festival

2nd weekend in July

 

Attractions:
Waskish Museum

 

Waskish Museum, Waskish Minnesota


Recreation:
Big Bog State Recreation Area
55716 NE Highway 72
Waskish, MN 56685
Phone: (218) 647-8592

Big Bog State Recreation Area, Waskish Minnesota

Big Bog State Recreation Area has been called Minnesota's last true wilderness. This two-part recreation area includes a northern unit and a southern unit. The 500-square-mile peat bog, the largest in the lower 48 states, is located in the northern unit. A mile-long boardwalk, completed in 2005, enables visitors to get a first-hand look at the unique plant and animal life of this rare resource. The bog, which has long been a source of medicinal plants for the Ojibwe Indians, represented a barrier to European settlers who tried in vain to drain it. Today, many of the native plants, including yellow-eyed grass, bog rush and two kinds of sundews, are on Minnesota's endangered or threatened species list. From orchids to carnivorous plants to rare birds, visitors will see a mixture of fascinating and rare resources.

Lakes:
Lake Name Size
(acres)
Lake info Lake Map Rec Map Topo Map
Upper Red 119,272 n/a

Health Care:

none - nearest clinic is in Kelliher


Schools:

none - students attend school at Kelliher Schools


Churches:
Bethlehem Lutheran Church
55278 Highway 72 NE
PO Box 415

Waskish, MN 56685
Phone: (218) 647-8164
Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Waskish Minnesota
Waskish Baptist Church
Waskish, MN 56685
Phone: (218) 687-8386
Waskish Baptist Church, Waskish Minnesota

Media:

none

 
Motels:

none - see Northome, Blackduck and Baudette


Resorts:
Agassiz Lodge
55155 Hwy 72 NE
Waskish, MN 56685
Phone: (218) 647-8788
Toll Free: (877) 783-0583
Web: www.aglodge.com

We are in the process of building a resort complex on Upper Red Lake, located one block north of the post office on Highway 72 in Waskish. This will be a phased in project over the next three to four years. We had sleeper fish houses and lake access last winter. The resort will consist of a Cp-store, restaurant, bar and via an overhead enclosed walkway, hotel.

Agassiz Lodge, Waskish Minnesota
Hudec's Resort
57153 Hudec Resort Rd NE
Waskish, MN 56685-4014
Phone: (218) 647-8291
 
Marcy's Alavraine Cottages
PO Box 449
Waskish, MN 56685
Phone: (218) 647-8604
 
2-3 Bedroom cottages. Kitchen and linen provided. Year Around. Boat Ramp - Docks furnished with each cabin. Overnight tie-down. Good access to Upper Red Lake. Great Crappie, large Northern, Perch and White Fish.
 
West Wind Resort
PO Box 429
Waskish, MN 56685
Phone: (218) 647-8998
Web: www.westwindwaskish.com

We offer a wide variety of things like: Restaurant, Full Service Bar, Bait and Tackle, Fish Cleaning Facility, Gas, Propane Refill and Exchange, 13 Fish House Rentals, 8 Cabin Rentals and most importantly a friendly group of people to help you out with all your needs. We have just recently added a marina with 34 boat slips and 15 RV sites with full hook-ups along with a shower house for year round use.

West Wind Resort, Waskish Minnesota

Campgrounds:
Big Bog State Recreation Area
55716 NE Highway 72
Waskish, MN 56685
Phone: (218) 647-8592

The southern unit includes a campground with 31 campsites (26 electric sites) winterized camper cabins, a sandy beach, picnic grounds, and great fishing.

Big Bog State Recreation Area, Waskish Minnesota

Hillman's Store, RV Park and Minnow Station
PO Box 431
Waskish, MN 56685
Phone: (218) 647-8504

Convenience store, fishing bait, full service campground, shower house, dump station and boats. RV Park operates from 5/1 to 10/31. We have Lake Access and Fish houses available. We are located on Hwy 72, milepost #36 in Waskish. Our summer hours: 7:00 to 7:00, 7 days a week!

Hillman's Store, RV Park and Minnow Station, Waskish Minnesota
West Wind Resort
PO Box 429
Waskish, MN 56685
Phone: (218) 647-8998
Web: www.westwindwaskish.com

We offer a wide variety of things like: Restaurant, Full Service Bar, Bait and Tackle, Fish Cleaning Facility, Gas, Propane Refill and Exchange, 13 Fish House Rentals, 8 Cabin Rentals and most importantly a friendly group of people to help you out with all your needs. We have just recently added a marina with 34 boat slips and 15 RV sites with full hook-ups along with a shower house for year round use.

West Wind RV Park, Waskish Minnesota

Businesses:
Battle River Lodge, Rentals & Guide Service
13609 Norske Road NE
Waskish, MN 56685
Phone: (218) 647-8673
Web: www.battleriverrentals.com

We offer a comfortable lodge home, sleeper fish house rentals & guide service for you to enjoy in Saum MN. Fish houses are on Upper Red Lake where you can fish walleye, northerns, slab crappies! Lodge is open year round whether you want to just relax, fish, hunt, snowmobile (located on state funded snowmobile trails and groomed by local club), four wheel, siteseeing...something for most everyone!

Bear Paw Guides
26081 Liliput Lane NE
Waskish, MN 56685
Phone: (218) 647-8562

WINTER: We rent ice fishing day houses and sleeper houses. We also do guided ice fishing trips, using our houses, portables, or your portable. Call for prices and availability.

FALL: During the fall we also do BEAR HUNTS. In the 04 season we had 11 hunters and saw over 17 bears. The largest tipping almost 375lbs! We are still bear hunting this year. 90% of the hunters have seen bear, with 11 bears harvested to date. The largest bear was just tipping 300#.

SPRING/SUMMER: We also have a year round guide service for Northern Pike, slab crappies and in the Spring of 06' Walleyes. We guide out of a 17'6'' fiberglass tuffy osprey with a 75 hp mercury tiller, this boat has lots of room and has over $2500.00 of electronics. We can also provide rods, tackle and bait if needed as well, all you need to bring is a bag lunch.

We also rent cabins year round. There are many accommodations, sleeping 2-10. Call for prices and facilities.

Bear Paw Guides, Waskish Minnesota
Cookie's on Upper Red Lake
54937 Highway 72 NE
Waskish MN 56685
Phone: (218) 647-8391
Web: www.cookiesonupperredlake.com

At Cookie's on Upper Red Lake you can experience fishing the way it was meant to be; in the quiet, relaxing setting of the far North. We offer comfortable cabins for rent year round, and some of the most full-featured ice houses on Red Lake. Come for a weekend or stay for a week long fishing trip, it's up to you.

Cookie's on Upper Red Lake, Waskish Minnesota
Get Lucky Bait Shop
55155 Highway 72 NE
Waskish, MN 56685
Toll Free: (877) 783-0583
Get Lucky Bait Shop, Waskish Minnesota
Hillman's Store, RV Park and Minnow Station
PO Box 431
Waskish, MN 56685
Phone: (218) 647-8504

Convenience store, fishing bait, full service campground, shower house, dump station and boats. RV Park operates from 5/1 to 10/31. We have Lake Access and Fish houses available. We are located on Hwy 72, milepost #36 in Waskish. Our summer hours: 7:00 to 7:00, 7 days a week!

Hillman's Store, RV Park and Minnow Station, Waskish Minnesota
Natures Photography, Inc.
54184 Eagle Nest Drive NE
Waskish, MN 56685
Phone: (218) 647-8163
Toll Free: (800) 933-3989

We believe quality work sells itself. That is why at Natures Photography you will never feel pressured. We spend as much time as it takes to do a wonderful job. Whatever kind of portraiture you require, whether it be seniors, graduation, family, children, groups, sports, dance, business / commercial, or retouching, Natures Photography will give 100%.

Natures Photography, Waskish Minnesota
Nine Toe Taxidermy and Cabin Rental
Waskish, MN 56685
Phone: (763) 354-9735
Web: www.ninetoe.com
Nine Toe Taxidermy and Cabin Rental
North Country Food & Fuel
54345 Highway 72 NE
Waskish, MN 56685
Phone: (218) 647-8725

North Country Food & Fuel offers many Convenience Store items along with an expanded Tackle line geared for Upper Red Lake and Lake of the Woods.  The Off-Sale is open Monday-Saturday from 8:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. and Sundays 3.2 beer is available from 12:00 - 10:00 p.m.  North Country Food & Fuel is located along the groomed snowmobile trail with convenient 24-hour pay at the pump access for those late fuel stops.

North Country Food & Fuel, Waskish Minnesota
Outdoors With Jonny P.
PO Box 452
Waskish, MN 56685
Phone: (218) 647-9030
Web: www.outdoorswithjonnyp.com 

From trophy class Black Bear hunts to some of the best multi species/multi season fishing across the Midwest “Outdoors with Jonny P” has it fully covered.

Outdoors With Jonny P., Waskish Minnesota
Petes N'ICE Fishing
Waskish, MN 56685
Phone: (218) 647-8476
 
Red Lake Adventures
Waskish, MN 56685
Phone: (218) 647-8344
Web: www.redlakeadventures.com

Enjoy the best in ice fishing on Upper Red Lake in a heated, deluxe fish house. Upper Red Lake sports the fastest increasing walleye limits in Minnesota. The DNR has issued a three walleye daily limit and they can be eaten on the ice in a Red Lake Adventures fish house. This world class fishery offers a great chance at trophy walleye or northern pike and "eater" walleye limits are common.

Red Lake Adventures, Waskish Minnesota
Sandy's Gift Shop
54450 Frankie Lane NE
Waskish, MN 56685
Phone: (218) 647-8413

We grow and sell our own Wild Rice. Custom made stained glass, gifts & collectibles, locally handmade woodcrafts.

Sandy's Gift Shop, Waskish Minnesota
Upper Red Lake Area Association, Inc.
PO Box 407
Waskish, MN. 56685
Web: www.upperredlakeassn.com
Upper Red Lake Area Association, Inc.
Voyageurs Wild Rice
Waskish, MN 56685
Phone: (218) 647-8786
 
Waskish Minnow Station
Waskish, MN 56685
Phone: (218) 647-8652
Web: www.waskishminnowstation.com

Guided Bear Hunts, Private Property Duck Hunts, Guided Trophy Northern Pike Fishing, & Archery Deer Hunts.

Waskish Minnow Station, Waskish Minnesota
West Wind Bar & Restaurant
PO Box 429
Waskish, MN 56685
Phone: (218) 647-8998
Web: www.westwindwaskish.com

We opened our doors in March of 2000 and we have been going strong ever since. Each year we have been expanding adding more services to our customers. We now offer a wide variety of things like: Restaurant, Full Service Bar, Bait and Tackle, Fish Cleaning Facility, Gas, Propane Refill and Exchange, 13 Fish House Rentals, 8 Cabin Rentals and most importantly a friendly group of people to help you out with all your needs. We have just recently added a marina with 34 boat slips and 15 RV sites with full hook-ups along with a shower house for year round use.

 

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