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Contract For Deed Forest Lake is a city in Washington County, Minnesota. It is twenty-seven miles northeast of Saint Paul. The population was 18,375 at the 2010 census. The 2016 population is 20,216. It is located on one of Minnesota’s 100 largest lakes. The lake serves as the source of the Sunrise River.

Interstate 35 and U.S. Highways 8 and 61 are three of the main routes in the community.

Other main routes include County Road 2–Broadway Avenue. Interstate 35 splits into Interstate Highways 35E and 35W just south of Forest Lake in the nearby city of Columbus. The junction is commonly referred to as the Forest Lake Split. The Forest Lake Split was the scene of the August 11, 2003 death of Herb Brooks, coach of the gold medal-winning 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team (Miracle on Ice).

Forest Lake is home to the Minnesota Mullets of the United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL) Elite Division.


Forest Lake has a high population of northern pike, largemouth bass, walleye, and many pan fish (blugill, crappie, and perch). It also holds muskie, while the numbers are relatively low, the average size is becoming quite large, making for a trophy fishery. The city formerly hosted an annual ice fishing tournament known as Fishapalooza. Forest Lake was known as the bass capital of Minnesota during the 1960s and 1970s, with the official Minnesota bass opener taking place at Forest Lake several times. The ice fishing contests held on Forest Lake in the mid-1990s were reported to be the largest in the country.


  • The Tin Man (the old Forest Lake water tower) was dismantled on November 9, 2006.
  • Lakeside Park (Located on the northwest side of the lake.)
  • Cedar Park, with its “Forest Dragon”, installed in 2015.
  • Just north of the Hitching Post Motel was the site of a Minnesota Highway Department historic marker which had this inscription: “Through this point from southeast to northwest extended the Indian Boundary as defined by the Prairie du Chien Treaty of 1825 as surveyed and marked by the government. To the south was Sioux country, to the north, Chippewa, but neither tribe paid much attention to the line.”
  • Forest Lake is home to Minnesota’s biggest black ash tree, which stands near Sunrise Creek, on North Shore Drive. The tree, which has held the title since 1998, stands 65 feet (20 m) tall and has a 47-foot (14 m) crown spread.
  • The Ballpark at Schumacher Field, located on one of the Independent School District 831 campuses, was named the 2016 Field of the Year for the state of Minnesota, and is one of eight 2016 finalists in the U.S. for High School Baseball Field of the Year.

Public schools

The forest Lake Area school system includes 9 elementary sites, 1 junior highs site, and 1 high school site independent district – North Lakes Academy. There is also an area learning center located at the former Central Junior High School site.


  • Central Montessori
  • Columbus Elementary (K-6)
  • Forest Lake
  • Forest View
  • Lakes International Language Academy
  • Lino Lakes
  • Linwood
  • North Lakes Academy
  • St. Peter’s
  • Scandia
  • Wyoming

  • Forest Lake Area Learning Center (ALC): grades 6 – 9
  • Forest Lake Area Middle School: grades 7-8
  • North Lakes Academy: grades 5-12
  • Lakes international language academy(LILA): grades 6-8

  • Forest Lake Area High School: grades 9–12
  • Forest Lake Area Learning Center (ALC): grades 10 – 12
  • North Lakes Academy grades 5–12
  • Lakes International Language Academy: grades 9-12

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