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Federal Dam Minnesota Community Guide


Welcome to Federal Dam Minnesota


Population:
 Federal Dam
(city)
1970 1980 1990 2000 2010 2000-2010 Change
Actual Percent
Population 147 192 118 101 110 +9 +8.91
Land Area (sq. mile) 0.30 1.72 1.90 1.90 1.90 0 0.00
Density (persons per sq. mile) 490.00 111.63 62.11 53.27 57.89 +4.62 +8.76
Housing Units 60 90 96 81 137 +56 +69.14
Households -- 41 43 43 49 +6 +13.95
Persons Per Household -- 2.76 2.74 2.35 2.24 -0.11 -4.68

Geography:

Federal Dam is a city in Cass County, Minnesota. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.27 square miles (5.88 km≤), of which, 2.25 square miles (5.83 km≤) of it is land and 0.02 square miles (0.05 km≤) of it is water. The elevation is 1,309 ft (399 m).

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Demographics:

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 110 people, 49 households, and 26 families residing in the city. The population density was 48.9 inhabitants per square mile (18.9/km2). There were 137 housing units at an average density of 60.9 per square mile (23.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 56.4% White, 23.6% Native American, and 20.0% from two or more races.

There were 49 households of which 28.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 36.7% were married couples living together, 6.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 10.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 46.9% were non-families. 32.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.24 and the average family size was 2.92.

The median age in the city was 48 years. 23.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 13.6% were from 25 to 44; 38.2% were from 45 to 64; and 16.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 50.0% male and 50.0% female.

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History:

The village of Federal Dam began as a railroad town. It was the terminal or division point for the trains going from Superior, Wisconsin to Federal Dam and from Thief River Falls to Federal Dam. The line was completed on September 24, 1910. Despite heavy snow the night before, the first train went through on November 14, 1910.

With the building of the Soo Line and the choice of Federal Dam as a division point, the village grew rapidly. The village was incorporated on October 30, 1911, and separated from Gould township on April 23, 1912.

The Corps of Engineers issued its first license for a public boat landing at Leech Lake in 1913. In 1935, the Federal Dam Improvement Club leased land for a campground for tourists. For many years, the village was in the business of leasing land to launch services for docks. Brochures were distributed far and wide. Trains came out from Chicago on the Soo Line for fishing excursions.

Public use continued to expand, and by the 1950ís, recreational facilities at Federal Dam were booming. In 1955, Federal Dam gained national attention for the Leech Lake Muskie Rampage. The muskies started hitting on a hot weekend in July and the phenomenal catch lasted about two weeks.

Although Federal Dam has decreased in population from 500 in 1920 to 101 in 2000, the village still serves as a center for recreational activities such as fishing, boating, camping, snowmobiling, and cross country skiing.

Courtesy City of Federal Dam

 

FEDERAL DAM is a city in Gould Township, sections 2 and 3, at the reservoir dam built by the U.S. government on Leech Lake River. It was incorporated as a village on October 30, 1911, and separated from the township on April 23, 1912; it had a station of the Soo Line and a post office since 1910.

Courtesy of the Minnesota Historical Society

Parching rice near Federal Dam Minnesota, 1913
Parching rice near Federal Dam Minnesota, 1913
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Government:
Federal Dam City Hall
222 Main Street
Federal Dam, MN 56641
Phone: (218) 654-3046

Council meetings are held on the second Monday of the month at 5:30 pm at the Federal Dam Village Hall.

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Federal Dam City Hall, Federal Dam Minnesota

Title Term Ends Name and Address   Phone
Mayor 12/31/2018 Diane Zuelow-Giffen
102 Cedar Street
Federal Dam MN, 56641
  (218) 654-3618
Clerk - Treasurer appointed Martha Lavrenz-Johnson
222 Main Street
Longville, MN, 56655
Email (218) 654-3046
Council Member 12/31/2020 Sherri Starr
1188 Natures Trail
Federal Dam MN, 56641
  (612) 805-5922
Council Member 12/31/2020 Emma Gillman
326 2nd Avenue E
Federal Dam MN, 56641
  (612) 834-7901
Council Member 12/31/2020 Michael Seivert
553 Isle Harbor Drive
Federal Dam MN, 56641
  n/a
Council Member 12/31/2018 Darcy Tonga
221 Cedar Street
Federal Dam MN, 56641
  (218) 654-3716

Post Office:    Federal Dam is served by the Bena Minnesota Post Office:
US Post Office
38 County Road 8
Bena, MN 56626-1042
Phone: (218) 665-2214
Toll Free: (800) ASK USPS

Regular Business Hours:
Week Days        8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Saturday           8:00 am - 8:30 am  

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Utilities:
Utility Type Utility Name Utility Phone
Electricity

Lake Country Power

(800) 421-9959
Natural Gas n/a --
Wastewater n/a --
Water n/a --
Telephone Johnson Telephone Company (218) 566-2302
Cable TV n/a --

Major Employers:
Employer Products/Services Employees

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Minnesota State Highway Map of the Federal Dam Minnesota area
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Attractions:
US Army Corporation of Engineers
Leech Lake Dam

1217 Federal Dam Drive NE
Federal Dam, MN 56641
Phone: (218) 654-3145

Since the early 1900s Leech Lake Dam has been a popular destination spot for recreational travelers and is one of the premier walleye, perch and musky lakes in the state. The campground offers a wooded camping setting and a mooring canal for overnight mooring of boats. Almost one-fourth of the shoreline is comprised of sphagnum-sedge bog and is being colonized by back spruced and tamarack trees. The remainder of the shoreline is comprised of a mixed forest, which include elm-ash, maple-basswood, birch-aspen, and pine-mixed hardwoods communities. These communities hold some of the most complex assemblages of species present in the headwaters area.

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Recreation:
Chippewa National Forest
200 Ash Avenue NW
Cass Lake, MN  56633
Phone: (218) 335-8600

The Chippewa National Forest is the first National Forest established east of the Mississippi River in 1908 and is the home to more lakes and wetlands than any other National Forest. The forest was originally known as the Minnesota National Forest. The name was changed in 1928 to honor the original inhabitants. Today, the Forest and Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe share goals and offer visitors a chance to experience Anishinabe culture and learn about the past from prehistory to early, logging-era and Civilian Conservation Corps days.

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Camping site at South Pike Bay campground.

Soo Line North ATV Trail

The Soo Line North ATV Trail is a 112 mile trail running through Carlton, Aitkin and Cass Counties. The trail consists of three main sections: from Moose Lake to Lawler, from Lawler to Shovel Lake, from Shovel Lake to Cass Lake. The portion from Shovel Lake to Cass Lake is mostly forested with several large bogs. Portions of the trail run through Savanna State Forest, Bowstring State Forest, and Chippewa National Forest. 

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Soo Line North Trail: Cass County

 

Lakes:
Lake Name Size
(acres)
Lake info Lake Map Rec Map Topo Map
Boy 3186
Drumbeater n/a n/a
Leech 102947
Six Mile 1288
Winnibigoshish 56470

Health Care:

none - see Cass Lake, Deer River, Longville, Remer or Walker


Schools:    Federal Dam is within the boundaries of Independent School District 118. Elementary and high school students attend school in Remer, Minnesota.
Northland Community Schools
Independent School District #118

316 Main Street E
Remer, MN  56672
Phone: (218) 566-2351
Fax: (218) 566-2053

Grades:  PK-12
Students:  529

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Northland High School
316 Main Street E
Remer, MN  56672
Phone: (218) 566-2351
Fax: (218) 566-2053

Grades:  7-12
Students:  303

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Remer Elementary School
316 Main Street E
Remer, MN  56672
Phone: (218) 566-2353

Grades:  PK-6
Students:  156

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Remer Elementary School, Remer Minnesota

Churches:
Our Savior's Lutheran Church - ELCA
29 2nd Avenue E
PO Box 113
Federal Dam, MN 56641-0113
Phone: (218) 335-6393

Pastor:  Dee Hillstrom
Sunday Service: 9:00 am

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Our Savior Lutheran Church, Federal Dam, Minnesota
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
305 Birch Street
Federal Dam, MN 56641
Phone: n/a

Pastor:  Rev. Steven Daigle
Sunday Mass:  n/a

As of August 2015 there are no longer regularly scheduled Masses at Sacred Heart. Please join us for Mass at St. Mary Catholic Church, 15 First Ave. NE in Deer River.

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Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Federal Dam Minnesota

Media:

none


Motels:

none


Resorts:
North Star Resort
584 North Star Drive NE
Federal Dam, MN 56641
Phone: (218) 654-3330

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North Star Resort, Federal Dam Minnesota
Sugar Point Resort
10125 Sugar Point Drive NW
Federal Dam, MN 56641-6712
Phone: (218) 654-3150
Toll Free: (800) 733-3150

Sugar Point Resort is located on the east shore of Leech Lake, Minnesota, just north of Battle Point and south of the Federal Dam, in Cass County, MN. Leech Lake is Minnesota's 3rd Largest Lake, with 111,527 acres of prime angling water. Sugar Point Resort is an excellent and affordable fishing, hunting, water sport, vacation, and weekend getaway destination for you and your family. Opening in May for Minnesota Fishing Opener, Sugar Point Resort offers access to countless outdoor activities. You will leave refreshed and long to return!

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Sugar Point Resort, Federal Dam Minnesota

Tonga's Launch Service & Cabins
221 Cedar Street
Federal Dam, MN 56641
Phone: (218) 654-3715


We have guided 28' Chris Craft boats to take out on Leech lake for fishing Walleye, Perch, Northern and Muskie. We have cabins located in the City of Federal Dam. We sell bait, gas,ice, tackle and snacks. We have Docking for large boats, fish cleaning and packaging. Boat & Canoe rental. A.C.E. camping full hook-ups. If you like to fish, we invite you to come. Fishing trips 8AM and 2PM; 1/2 day, or all day. We have rental boats and motors, docking, ice, bait, tackle, fish cleaning and packing. Our comfortable 1-4 bedroom housekeeping cabins sleep 2-12 persons, in Federal Dam come with towels and soap

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Campgrounds:
Leech Lake Rec Area

Leech Lake Recreation Area is located in the heart of the Chippewa National Forest in Federal Dam, Minnesota on the Leech Lake River. The area is best known for its fishing and boat access to Portage Bay on Leech Lake, a famous perch, walleye and musky fishery. This campground offers 73 wooded sites with electric hookups, including five sites with full hookups. Additionally, there are four primitive walk-to tent sites. A group day-use picnic shelter with electric is available, as well as two mini-picnic shelters. Amenities include flush toilets, showers, drinking water, laundry facilities, a dump station, boat ramps and overnight boat mooring. Campers enjoy the park's basketball, volleyball, badminton and shuffleboard courts, as well as the horseshoe pits. Younger campers love the playground areas.

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Leech Lake Rec Area, Federal Dam Minnesota

Businesses:
Bader's Pheasant Run
2590 112th Avenue NE
Federal Dam, MN 56641
Phone: (218) 654-5097

Baderís (six) fields of natural and planted cover provides an exciting and challenging game bird hunting experience. Morning and afternoon hunts available. A great place for one or many hunters. Novice or professional, you and your dog will find Baderís your #1 game bird experience!


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Baders Pheasant Run - Federal Dam, MN (218) 654-5097
Battle Point Community Center
10051 Battle Point Trail NW
Federal Dam, MN 56641
Phone: (218) 654-
5273

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Bruce Campbell Farrier Service
11630 12th Avenue NE
Federal Dam, MN 56641
Phone: (218) 654-3357

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Federal Dam City Hall
222 Main Street
Federal Dam, MN 56641
Phone: (218) 654-3046

Council meetings are held on the second Monday of the month at 5:30 pm at the Federal Dam Village Hall.

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Federal Dam City Hall, Federal Dam Minnesota
Federal Dam Fire Department
Federal Dam, MN 56641
Phone: (218) 654-3001

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Federal Dam Fire Department, Federal Dam Minnesota
Hay Bre Construction
11695 12th Avenue NE
Federal Dam, MN 56641
Phone: (218) 654-5030

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Leech Lake Properties LLC
10345 Sugar Point Drive NW
Federal Dam, MN 56641
Phone: (218) 654-5254

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Lego Maintenance
518 Main Street S
Federal Dam, MN 56641
Phone: (218) 654-3355

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North Star Resort
584 North Star Drive NE
Federal Dam, MN 56641
Phone: (218) 654-3330

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North Star Resort, Federal Dam Minnesota
Peterson Excavating
1115 County Road 8 NE
Federal Dam, MN 56641
Phone: (218) 654-5282

Peterson WC Excavating of Federal Dam, MN provides trusted excavation services. Serving residential and commercial areas, we guarantee prompt and reliable excavations. Let Peterson WC Excavating provide excavation solutions which exceed your expectations.

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Red Sky Constructors
403 5th Avenue NW
Federal Dam, MN 56641
Phone: (218) 654-3470

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Riverside Quick Stop
12 1st Avenue East
Federal Dam, MN 56641
Phone: (218) 654-3405

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Sugar Point Resort
10125 Sugar Point Drive NW
Federal Dam, MN 56641-6712
Phone: (218) 654-3150
Toll Free: (800) 733-3150

Sugar Point Resort is located on the east shore of Leech Lake, Minnesota, just north of Battle Point and south of the Federal Dam, in Cass County, MN. Leech Lake is Minnesota's 3rd Largest Lake, with 111,527 acres of prime angling water. Sugar Point Resort is an excellent and affordable fishing, hunting, water sport, vacation, and weekend getaway destination for you and your family. Opening in May for Minnesota Fishing Opener, Sugar Point Resort offers access to countless outdoor activities. You will leave refreshed and long to return!

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Sugar Point Resort, Federal Dam Minnesota

Tonga's Launch Service & Cabins
221 Cedar Street
Federal Dam, MN 56641
Phone: (218) 654-3715


We have guided 28' Chris Craft boats to take out on Leech lake for fishing Walleye, Perch, Northern and Muskie. We have cabins located in the City of Federal Dam. We sell bait, gas,ice, tackle and snacks. We have Docking for large boats, fish cleaning and packaging. Boat & Canoe rental. A.C.E. camping full hook-ups. If you like to fish, we invite you to come. Fishing trips 8AM and 2PM; 1/2 day, or all day. We have rental boats and motors, docking, ice, bait, tackle, fish cleaning and packing. Our comfortable 1-4 bedroom housekeeping cabins sleep 2-12 persons, in Federal Dam come with towels and soap

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Tonga's Launch Service & Cabins, Federal Dam Minnesota
US Army Corporation of Engineers
Leech Lake Dam

1217 Federal Dam Drive NE
Federal Dam, MN 56641
Phone: (218) 654-3145

Since the early 1900s Leech Lake Dam has been a popular destination spot for recreational travelers and is one of the premier walleye, perch and musky lakes in the state. The campground offers a wooded camping setting and a mooring canal for overnight mooring of boats. Almost one-fourth of the shoreline is comprised of sphagnum-sedge bog and is being colonized by back spruced and tamarack trees. The remainder of the shoreline is comprised of a mixed forest, which include elm-ash, maple-basswood, birch-aspen, and pine-mixed hardwoods communities. These communities hold some of the most complex assemblages of species present in the headwaters area.

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