Welcome to Chisago Lakes

Chisago Lakes is a long-established community that keeps its heritage alive. A creative community that inspires and fosters the arts. An active community that embraces outdoor recreation. Small town lifestyle, beautiful lakes, the St. Croix River, and remarkable people make Chisago Lakes a great place to live, work and play.




Area Events

Jul 17 2024
Lindström Farmers Market
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We’re not called Chisago Lakes by accident! When you visit this beautiful area, you’ll find 11 lakes and the St. Croix River at our eastern border. Our waters are the perfect location for your next fishing trip, and our communities provide the amenities and entertainment to go along with it. Whether you’re just learning to fish or are looking for your next record-breaker, the Chisago Lakes area has you covered.

Karl Oskar Days

July 10th – 13th, 2024

Join in the fun for Lindstrom’s Karl Oskar Days! A weekend dedicated to the celebrated Swedish heritage of our community, Karl Oskar Days is packed full of all the summertime fun you’d expect from a small town festival. Lace up for the Lindstrom Loppet, marvel at a spectacular fireworks show, dance the night away at the street dance, and collect candy at the parade. Whatever you’re looking for in a summer festival, Karl Oskar Days will not disappoint!

Where is Chisago Lakes?

Located along Highway 8, Chisago Lakes is an easy 40-minute drive north of the Twin Cities metro area. Chisago Lakes is a community made up of many smaller towns and rural countryside. With beautiful forests, picturesque farms, abundant lakes, and bordered by the St. Croix River, you’re sure to feel right at home here.

Head north out of the Twin Cities to Highway 8 West. Chisago Lakes encompasses Chisago City, Lindstrom, Center City, Shafer, Taylors Falls & Almelund. Come experience for yourself the shopping, dining, trails, lakes, parks, and heritage of Chisago Lakes.

Stories from Chisago Lakes

Our communities shine in the summer! We've got it all: charming downtowns, thrilling outdoor adventures, exciting sporting events, and inviting local farms! From Chisago City to Taylors Falls, life along Highway 8 is pretty great all summer long. If you’re looking for fun things to do with kids this summer in Chisago Lakes, you’re in the right spot!
There is excitement in the air as the Chisago Lakes communities come together to celebrate the start of summer and the farmers' harvests. It’s a cherished time to connect to our roots, food, local farmers, artisans, and neighbors.
The orchard has a down-to-earth atmosphere where all can experience the benefits of fresh Minnesota-grown fruits. The orchard is open for two seasons, offering pick-your-own strawberries in the summer, pick-your-own or pre-picked delicious apple varieties in the fall, and so much more.

Have Your Wedding in Chisago Lakes

Chisago Lakes invites you to begin your life together among the stunning scenery of the St. Croix River Valley. From your engagement photos to bachelor/ette parties, to the wedding and honeymoon, Chisago Lakes has everything you need to create memories that will last a lifetime.

Chisago Lakes is home to many unique venues, from rustic barns to a historic scout camp, wineries to paddleboats on the St. Croix River. Regardless of the season, the charm of small towns and modern conveniences are available to you for your big day. Invite your guests to stay for the night in a quaint bed and breakfast, hotel, vacation rental, cabin or campground. Chisago Lakes has everything you need for the perfect event, including a wide range of florists, photographers, caterers, and more.

Marriage equality is celebrated in Minnesota, and we invite you to choose the quiet beauty of Chisago Lakes for your big day!


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