America’s Little Sweden
As “America’s Little Sweden,” Lindstrom is part of the chain of five small towns that make up the community of Chisago Lakes. Nestled along Highway 8, these small towns work together, yet are uniquely their own.
Considered an island among the lakes, Lindstrom is virtually surrounded by water. As you cross the bridge that spans the channel between North and South Lindstrom Lake, you’ll enter an active city that is proud of its beginnings. Encouraged by the bountiful waters and fertile land, the early Swedish settlers felt at home in this special place. Today, this bustling town continues to honor its Swedish heritage through town monuments, sites and its iconic coffee pot water tower.
This vibrant small town revels in its community events and busy Main Street. Enjoy the weekly Harmony in the Park outdoor concerts and farmers markets or plan to visit during the Karl Oskar Days summer festival. And don’t forget to browse through the shops in town. Scandinavian gifts, delightful boutiques, artisan crafts and vintage finds are intermixed with home-town cafes and fresh roasted coffee.
Allemansrätt Park, located on the northwest side of town, offers 125 acres of wilderness trails. Allemansrätt, translated from Swedish, means “Every Man’s Right”, and reinforces the Swedish free-to-roam tradition. In town, Beach Park offers a great place to spend a summer afternoon with its sandy beaches and playground equipment. At Ki-Chi-Saga Park, tour Nya Duvemala, an original 19th century Swedish immigrant house used as the home setting for Karl Oskar and Kristina Nilsson in Vilhelm Moberg’s famous Emigrant Novels. Enjoy walking or ski the nature trails throughout this fascinating town.
It’s all yours to explore in Chisago Lakes.
Daniel Lindstrom, Per Andersson and Erik Norelius stand proud at the west entrance of Lindstrom. Read about these Swedish emigrants and their early days, creating a new life for their families in this new land.