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The Wolf Lake Community: The small town of Wolf Lake is located near the shores of the 1,400 acre lake it is named for. It’s believed that the lake’s original name was Gamakobimadagakwad, which is Chippewa for “Bear-Walking-on-the-Ice-Lake.” It’s also believed that the first settlers perhaps translated the Chippewa name incorrectly, calling it “Wolf Lake” instead. Today, Wolf Lake is considered a great place for camping, hiking, and fishing. The area around Wolf Lake is also well known for its exceptional hunting. The town has great outdoor activities for all ages.

 Wolf Lake (city) 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010 2000-2010 Change
Actual Percent
Population 58 67 35 31 57 +26 +83.87
Land Area (sq. mile) 0.10 0.18 0.14 0.14 0.14 0 0.00
Density (persons per sq. mile) 580.00 372.22 250.00 218.93 407.14 +188.21 +85.97
Housing Units 32 44 29 22 35 +13 +59.09
Households -- 33 23 17 22 +5 +29.41
Persons Per Household -- 2.03 1.52 1.82 2.59 +0.77 +42.31


Wolf Lake is a city in Becker County, Minnesota. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.30 square miles (0.78 km²), all land. The elevation is 1,575 feet (480 m).

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As of the census of 2010, there were 57 people, 22 households, and 13 families residing in the city. The population density was 190.0 inhabitants per square mile (73.4/km2). There were 35 housing units at an average density of 116.7 per square mile (45.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.5% White and 3.5% from two or more races.

There were 22 households of which 31.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 31.8% were married couples living together, 22.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 40.9% were non-families. 27.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.46.

The median age in the city was 25.3 years. 35.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 14% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.3% were from 25 to 44; 15.8% were from 45 to 64; and 8.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.4% male and 52.6% female.

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WOLF LAKE Township, first settled in 1888 by immigrants from Finland, was organized April 4, 1896, receiving this name from its large lake, which was so named by the settlers on account of its form. Many wolves, bears, and deer were killed here during the first years of settlement. The city of Wolf Lake, in section 33, was incorporated as a village on May 12, 1949; had a country post office, 1909-11, under the name Wolf, and was reestablished as Wolf Lake in 1947.

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Wolf Lake City Hall
122 W Johnson Street
PO Box 5
Wolf Lake, MN 56593
Phone: (218) 538-6528

Regular Business Hours:
Monday and Wednesday 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

City Council Meetings:
2nd Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm

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Title Term Ends Name and Address   Phone
Mayor 12/31/2020 Terry Hoehle
PO Box 314
Wolf Lake, MN 56593
  (218) 538-6002
Clerk n/a Tanya Edwards
PO Box 5
Wolf Lake, MN 56593
Email (218) 538-6528
Treasurer n/a Peggy Keranen
PO Box 5
Wolf Lake, MN 56593
  (218) 538-6528
Council Member 12/31/2022 Tyrone Aho
141 E Spruce Street
Wolf Lake, MN 56593
  (218) 237-7730
Council Member 12/31/2022 n/a   --
Council Member 12/31/2020 Vernette Gilbertson
225 W Johnson Street
Wolf Lake, MN 56593
  (218) 538-6653

Post Office:
US Post Office
132 W Johnson Street
Wolf Lake, MN 56593
Phone: (218) 334-5041
Toll Free:
(800) ASK-USPS

Regular Business Hours:
Week Days   9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Saturday      8:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Utility Type Utility Name Utility Phone
Electricity Lake Region Electric Coop (218) 863-1171
Natural Gas n/a --
Wastewater n/a --
Water n/a --
Telephone West Central Telephone Association (218) 837-5151
Cable TV n/a --

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Wolf Lake Harvest Fest

The Wolf Lake Harvest Fest is a great town celebration that occurs each year in August. The festival has traditional events, along with some new events each year. Some highlights of the celebration include a Miss, Junior Miss, and Little Miss Wolf Lake Pageant, 2 street dances, a flea market, an antique tractor show, a blood drive, a parade, a 5K walk/run, kid’s games, a mud run, a horseshoe tournament, and many more activities!


Waterfront Park and Campground

The Waterfront Park and Campground is located on beautiful Wolf Lake. The park is home to the Wolf Lake Wolf Pack amateur baseball team, and the campground allows great lakeside camping. Features of the site include a beach, fishing pier, picnic area, sand volleyball court, playground, showers, restrooms, electric hookups, and much more.

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Smoky Hills State Forest

Smoky Hills State Forest is a 24,000 acre state-owned forest just north of Wolf Lake. Filled with small and shallow lakes and sprawling slopes, this forest is filled with natural beauty. This forest is also known for great hunting and its extensive hiking trails. The Shell River and numerous small shallow lakes dot the area, providing shorebird viewing. A mix of hardwoods and jack pines makes up the forest. The southern half of the forest is good for fall foliage viewing. Pick fruit and mushrooms.

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Christ Lutheran Church - LCMS
233 N Manninen Avenue
Wolf Lake, MN 56593
Phone: (218) 538-6694

Pastor:  John Ramsbacher a
Sunday Service:  10:30 am

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Wolf Lake Laestadian Lutheran Church
16497 County Highway 38
Wolf Lake, MN 56593
Phone: (218) 538-6708

Pastor:  Darwin Lake
Sunday Service:  11:00 am

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City of Wolf Lake Campground
122 W Johnson Street
Wolf Lake, MN 56569
Phone: (218) 538-9500

The City of Wolf Lake Campground is located at Waterfront Park on beautiful Wolf Lake, which is 1/2 mile west of the City of Wolf Lake on Hwy 36. The park features a beach, fishing pier, picnic area with shelter, playground, showers and restroom facilities. There are eight sites with electric hookups and grills, as well as seven tenting sites.
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Cooperative Sampo Store
132 W Johnson Street
PO Box 36
Wolf Lake, MN 56569
Phone: (218) 538-6660

The Wolf Lake Coop was first established in 1911. In 1929, the Farmers' Co-op Sampo took over this establishment as a new branch store. Through all the years, the same focus has been sought out for this location, with the customer being the key to success. The mission of this location was, has been, and will continue to be "to provide our customers with the greatest services and products and the most reasonable price affordable to keep the Cooperative in a positive position."

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Klondike Cafe and Convenience Store
102 Manninen Avenue
Wolf Lake, MN 56569
Phone: (218) 538- 6005

The Klondike Cafe is a great place to have both new and traditional American food. Located on Manninen Avenue, the café welcomes walk-ins, groups, and kids. It also offers take-out and reservations. Some menu items include burgers, pizza, barbeque, sandwiches, and breakfast items. The café is open on Tuesdays from 8am-2pm, Wednesday-Saturday from 8am-9pm, and Sundays from 9am-9pm

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Ray's Repair
112 W Johnson Street
Wolf Lake, MN 56569
Phone: (218) 538- 6760

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Wolf Lake City Hall
122 W Johnson Street
Wolf Lake, MN 56569
Phone: (218) 538-6528

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Wolf Lake Liquor Store
120 N Manninen Avenue
Wolf Lake, MN 56569
Phone: (218) 538-9500

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