Chisago Lakes

Chisago City

Beaches, parks, and novel retailers …

Lindstrom

Trails, small town celebrations, and all things Swedish …
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Center City

Lakes, restaurants and small-town charm …

Shafer

Arts, nature and harvest …

Taylors Falls

Scenic views, recreation, and family traditions …

Five Small Towns, One Amazing Community

Welcome to Chisago Lakes – offering beautiful scenery, small-town hospitality and plenty to see and do. A community of cities united by a shared history, each offers a unique experience and a charm all its own. Rolling hills, numerous lakes, a beautiful river and outdoor recreation are sure to provide unforgettable memories. It’s all yours to explore. Small town lifestyle, numerous recreational amenities, and remarkable people make Chisago Lakes a great place to live, work and play. As a finalist in the America’s Best Communities contest, Chisago Lakes is a community that works together. With a shared vision, dedicated leaders, and well thought out plans, the community continues to prosper.

Explore this Historic Gem

Nestled among breathtaking scenery and rural charm, lies the community of Chisago Lakes. Located just 35 miles north of Minneapolis and St. Paul along the Highway 8 corridor, beauty and history connect the cities of Chisago City, Lindstrom, Center City, Shafer and Taylors Falls. Settled mainly by Swedish immigrants in the mid-1800’s, Chisago Lakes is honored as the setting for Vilhelm Moberg’s novel series “The Emigrants.” Enjoy the historic statues and main streets throughout the community, connecting you to the early pioneers.

Shopping, Dining and Lodging

Visit charming boutiques carrying artisan crafts where molten glass is blown, lovely jewelry is designed, rustic pottery made and canvases skillfully painted.

Shop handmade clogs, repurposed treasures, specialty clothing, Scandinavian gifts and vintage finds. Enjoy award winning wines, mouthwatering fudge, robust coffee and tea, artisan cheese, homemade sausage, and other indulgent flavors at the full complement of local restaurants.

Rest for the night in a quaint bed and breakfast, fun group retreat center, one of the traditional motels or camp in a nature park.

Lakes and Recreation

Water activities abound in Chisago Lakes. Over 7,000 acres of water flow through 19 recreational lakes which boast great fishing, boating, swimming, paddle boarding, canoeing, kayaking, and more. Many city parks offer sandy beaches, picnic spots and great fun for families. Take advantage of the scenic trails as you run, walk, bike, hike, snowmobile or ski. Enjoy time on the links of the 18-hole championship golf course to test your skill or embrace winter with a speedy ride down the snow covered hills on alpine skis or a fun inflatable tube.

Rich in history and recreation with a friendly, hometown atmosphere Chisago Lakes is Yours to Explore