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Isabella Minnesota Community Guide


Location:

Isabella Minnesota highway sign

Location of Stony River Township and Isabella Minnesota

Located on the Laurentian Divide midway between Lake Superior and Ely, MN., this logging community is in the midst of the Superior National Forest at the edge of the BWCA Wilderness Area. Location and geography have combined to make the Isabella area unique. Not only is Isabella Minnesota's "highest" community (it straddles the Laurentian Divide and is 2,000 feet above sea level), it is probably one of Minnesota's most independent communities. If you were to travel north "as the crow flies," you would discover only two paved highways and two railroads (all Canadian) before reaching the North Pole. The closest community is Finland, 20 miles to the southeast; Silver Bay is another 10 miles beyond that. Ely is 40 miles to the northwest and Two Harbors is 60 miles to the west and south.

The independent lifestyle in a beautiful forested setting dotted by lakes laced with streams appeals to many. With the large wildlife population to photograph and hunt, the many excellent lakes and streams for fishing, the numerous snowmobile and cross-country ski trails, coupled with the US Forest Service campgrounds and resort businesses, the area is a natural for sports and nature loving people.
 

View of Isabella Minnesota, 2007
View of Isabella Minnesota, 2007
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Population:  Isabella is an unincorporated community in Stony Creek Township
 Stony River Township 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010 2000-2010 Change
Actual Percent
Population -- -- 219 179 173 -6 -3.35
Land Area (sq. mile) 0.00 0.00 547.75 547.70 547.70 0 0.00
Density (persons per sq. mile) -- -- 0.40 0.33 0.32 -0.01 -3.35
Housing Units 0 0 283 338 345 +7 +2.07
Households -- 0 93 87 89 +2 +2.30
Persons Per Household -- -- 2.35 2.06 1.94 -0.12 -5.83

Geography:

Isabella is an unincorporated community in Lake County, Minnesota. The community is located north of Silver Bay and southeast of Ely on Minnesota Highway 1. Isabella is located within the Superior National Forest. The local unit of government for Isabella is Stony River Township. The community is located 27 miles north of Silver Bay, and 40 miles southeast of Ely; at the intersection of Minnesota State Highway 1 and Forest Road 172 (Wanless Road).

According to the United States Census Bureau, Stony River Township has a total area of 578.9 square miles (1,499.3 kmē), of which 547.7 square miles (1,418.5 kmē) is land and 31.2 square miles (80.7 kmē or 5.38%) is water. It is the largest township in land area in Minnesota, although Fall Lake Township (also in Lake County) and Angle Township (in Lake of the Woods County) both have a larger total area because they have more water area.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.


Demographics:

As of the census of 2000, there were 179 people, 87 households, and 56 families residing in the township. The population density was 0.3 people per square mile (0.1/kmē). There were 338 housing units at an average density of 0.6/sq mi (0.2/kmē). The racial makeup of the township was 92.74% White, 5.59% Native American, and 1.68% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.12% of the population.

There were 87 households out of which 18.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.5% were married couples living together, 3.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.6% were non-families. 31.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.06 and the average family size was 2.52.

In the township the population was spread out with 12.8% under the age of 18, 5.0% from 18 to 24, 23.5% from 25 to 44, 42.5% from 45 to 64, and 16.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 48 years. For every 100 females there were 101.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 108.0 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $36,563, and the median income for a family was $43,750. Males had a median income of $29,821 versus $30,417 for females. The per capita income for the township was $16,558. None of the families and 3.5% of the population were living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and 21.1% of those over 64.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.



History:  

ISABELLA, the "highest" community in the state, being located in section 4 of T. 59N, R. 8W (Stony River Township) on the Laurentian Divide 200 feet above sea level; an isolated community begun about 1906, its post office opened in 1912, becoming a rural branch in 1965.

Courtesy Minnesota Historical Society


Government:  Isabella is unincorporated and located in Stony River Township
Town of Stony River
9521 Lankinen Road
PO Box 7
Isabella, MN 55607
Phone: n/a

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Isabella Counity Center, Isabella Minnesota

Title Term Ends Name and Address   Phone
Clerk 12/31/2020 Patricia S Thums
9718 Highway 1
Isabella, MN 55607
Email (218) 343-0427
Treasurer 12/31/2020 Scott Hull
9702 Highway 1
Isabella, MN 55607
  n/a
Supervisor 12/31/2019 Randy Ernest
9527 Highway 1
Isabella, MN 55607
  n/a
Supervisor 12/31/2021 Ryan Breden
9542 Lankinen Road
Isabella, MN 55607
  n/a
Supervisor 12/31/2020 Chad Schober
2334 Middle Road
Isabella, MN 55607
  n/a

Post Office:       Served by the Finland Minnesota Post Office:
US Post Office
6638 Highway 1
Finland, MN 55603-3601
Phone:
(218) 353-7318
Toll Free: (800) ASK USPS

Regular Business Hours:
Week Days       8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Saturday           10:00 am - 11:00 am

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US Post Office, Finland Minnesota


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Utilities:
Utility Type Utility Name Utility Phone
Electricity Cooperative Light & Power (218) 934-2226
Natural Gas n/a --
Wastewater n/a --
Water n/a --
Telephone Frontier Communications (866) 320-4380
Cable TV n/a --

Major Employers:
Employer Products/Services Employees

n/a

Real Goods Solar, Inc.



News:

Weather:

ISABELLA WEATHER


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Minnesota State Highway Map of the Isabella Minnesota area
Minnesota State Highway Map of the Isabella Minnesota area


Events:
none


Attractions:
Historical Committee of the Isabella Community Council
9521 Lankinen Road
PO Box 5
Isabella MN 55607
Phone: (218) 323-7644 or
Phone: (218) 323-7743
 

Recreation:
Flathorn-Gegoka Cross-Country Ski Trail
Mitawan Lake Road
Isabella, MN 55607

37.1 km trackset. Mature red and white pine forest and large stands of birch; much wildlife including deer and moose; excellent winter bird watching. Trail shelter. Maps posted at trail intersections. Ski pass required.

 
Superior National Forest
8901 Grand Avenue Place
Duluth, MN 55808
Phone: (218) 626-4300
Web: www.fs.fed.us/r9/forests/superior

The Superior National Forest was established on February 13, 1909 by President Theodore Roosevelt. One of the largest Forests in the national forest system, the Superior boasts a unique and rich legacy that has been largely influenced by its boreal forest ecosystem and glacially-carved landscape with myriad inter-connected waterways.

Superior National Forest

Lakes:  There are hundreds of lakes in the Isabella area - a few selected lakes:
Lake Name Size
(acres)
Lake info Lake Map Rec Map Topo Map
Delay 104
Divide 58
Dumbbell 406
Eighteen 99
Gegoka 159
Grouse 112
Isabella 1257
McDougal - North 272
McDougal - South 273
Mitawan 185
Osier 65 n/a
Round Island 54
Tanner 52

Health Care:
none

Schools:
none

Churches: 
Isabella Chapel
Isabella, MN 55607
Phone: none

Isabella Chapel, Isabella Minnesota


Media:
none

Motels:
Moose Ridge
9367 Highway 1
Isabella, MN 55607
Phone: (218) 323-7612
Web:
www.mooseridge.com
Motel NOW OPEN!
Campground open & offering 20 primitive tent sites.
Restaurant open 7 days a week, 11:00 am to 9:00 pm
Bar open 7 days a week, 8:00 am to 1:00 am, on and off sales
Seasonal Live bait - minnows, leeches and crawlers
On & Off Sale
4 Wheeling - Hundreds of miles of Trails


Moose Ridge, Isabella Minnesota


Resorts:
   

Campgrounds:
none

Businesses:
Camp Buckskin
Isabella, MN 55607
Phone: (218) 365-2121
 
Great Lakes School of Log Building
1350 Snowshoe Trail
Isabella, MN 55607
Phone: (218) 365-2126
 
Isabella Community Council
Isabella, MN 55607
Phone: (218) 323-7644
Isabella Community, Isabella Minnesota
Knotted Pine Inn & Tavern
9702 Highway 1
Isabella, MN 55607
Phone: (218) 323-7681
Web:
www.KnottedPine.com
E-mail:
Info@KnottedPine.com

The Knotted Pine Inn is located on Highway 1 only 5-1/2 miles NW of Isabella 28 miles from U.S. Highway 61, 35 miles Southeast of Ely

   ●  Premium Gas & Oil
   ●  On & Off Sale Liquor
   ●  Ample Parking for Trailers & Sleds

Knotted Pine Inn & Tavern, Isabella Minnesota

Moose Ridge
9367 Highway 1
Isabella, MN 55607
Phone: (218) 323-7612
Web:
www.mooseridge.com
Motel NOW OPEN!
Campground open & offering 20 primitive tent sites.
Restaurant open 7 days a week, 11:00 am to 9:00 pm
Bar open 7 days a week, 8:00 am to 1:00 am, on and off sales
Seasonal Live bait - minnows, leeches and crawlers
On & Off Sale
4 Wheeling - Hundreds of miles of Trails

Moose Ridge, Isabella Minnesota

National Forest Lodge
3226 Highway 1
Isabella, MN 55607
Phone: (218) 323-7676
Web:
www.nationalforestlodge.com

We have 8 comfortable cabins and our beautiful Log Home available for rental.
All cabins have gas heat and are warm and comfortably furnished. A central shower house provides bathing and toilet facilities for the cabins. Knotty pine paneling, new beds, and handmade log furnishings lend a north-woods atmosphere.

National Forest Lodge, Isabella Minnesota

Snowshoe Country
1350 Snowshoe Trail
Isabella, MN 55607
Phone: (218) 365-2126
Web:
www.snowshoecountry.com
E-mail:
logcabins@snowshoecountry.com

Since 1977, guests of Snowshoe Country have been enjoying the serenity of this rustic camp overlooking picturesque Sand Lake. Located 25 miles southeast of Ely, Minnesota - about 10 miles from the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) - the camp is the ideal retreat for those yearning to escape to a more natural landscape.

Snowshoe Country, Isabella Minnesota

Stony River Guide Service
Stony River Sport Shop & Cafe

2197 Highway 1
Isabella, MN 55607
Phone: (218) 323-7650
Web:
www.lakesuperiorexplorer.com/stonyriver/
Email: bearguide@hotmail.com

At Stony River Guide Service, it seems like we have been doing the "Bear Thing" since 'Smokey The Bear' was a cub. Our quality guided bear hunts and meat processing have resulted in a high percentage of repeat customers.

Stony River Guide Service, Isabella Minnesota

White Wilderness Sled Dog Adventures
10121 Deep Lake Road
Isabella, MN 55607
Phone: (218)
235-1300
Web: www.whitewilderness.com

White Wilderness provides guided sled dog adventures, ranging from one to four days. Trips are lodge-based, camping or yurt-based, and include your dog team, food, lodging, guides and equipment.

White Wilderness Sled Dog Adventures, Isabella Minnesota

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