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Jessie Lake Minnesota Community Guide


Lake Jessie (township)  1970 1980 1990 2000 2010 2000-2010 Change
Actual Percent
Population 229 278 252 335 303 -32 -9.55
Land Area (sq. mile) 32.10 33.73 33.41 33.41 33.41 0 0.00
Density (persons per sq. mile) 7.13 8.24 7.54 10.03 9.07 -0.96 -9.55
Housing Units 116 215 266 284 281 -3 -1.06
Households -- 107 112 136 129 -7 -5.15
Persons Per Household -- 2.60 2.25 2.46 2.35 -0.11 -4.47


Jessie Lake is an unincorporated community in Lake Jessie Township, Itasca County, Minnesota, United States; located within the Chippewa National Forest. The community is located between Wirt and Talmoon; along Itasca County Road 4.

Lake Jessie Township is a township in Itasca County, Minnesota. According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 36.7 square miles (95.0 km˛), of which, 33.4 square miles (86.5 km˛) of it is land and 3.3 square miles (8.4 km˛) of it (8.89%) is water. The elevation is 1,417 ft (432 m) above sea level.

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As of the census of 2000, there were 335 people, 136 households, and 96 families residing in the township. The population density was 3.9/km˛ (10.0/mi˛). There were 284 housing units at an average density of 3.3/km˛ (8.5/mi˛). The racial makeup of the township was 99.40% White and 0.60% African American. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.30% of the population.

There were 136 households out of which 25.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.2% were married couples living together, 2.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.4% were non-families. 27.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the township the population was spread out with 23.9% under the age of 18, 4.8% from 18 to 24, 22.7% from 25 to 44, 29.0% from 45 to 64, and 19.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 129.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 110.7 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $33,438, and the median income for a family was $38,125. Males had a median income of $27,813 versus $22,813 for females. The per capita income for the township was $18,865. About 11.7% of families and 17.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 36.8% of those under age 18 and 14.9% of those age 65 or over.

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Erick martenson, Jessie Lake Township.
Erick Martenson Homestead - 1905

Lake Jessie Township has a lake of this name and another called Little Jessie Lake, probably either for the daughter of surveyor Taylor, who was in the area, or for timber cruiser Jessie Harry, who died in Grand Rapids in 1955. A station of the Minneapolis and Rainy River Railway was in section 24; the post office was called Jesse Lake, 1909-54, with Peter Peterson, first postmaster. The Minneapolis and Rainy River Railway was built through in 1905 and discontinued in 1930.

Lake Jessie Township, Nils Strom homestead.
Nils Strom Homestead - 1905


Lake Jessie Township
45987 Terry Road
Talmoon, MN 56637
Phone: n/a

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Lake Jessie Township Hall, 2003

Title Term Ends Name and Address   Phone
Clerk 12/31/2022 Tamera Bourman
PO Box 23
Talmoon, MN 56637
  (218) 832-3001
Treasurer 12/31/2024 Susan Lind
49937 Jessie Lake Road
Talmoon, MN 56637
  (218) 832-3559
Supervisor 12/31/2022 Robert Bourman
46611 County Road 4
Spring Lake, MN 56680
  (218) 832-3001
Supervisor 12/31/2022 Mildred Johnson
51259 County Road 312
Bigfork, MN 56628
  (218) 832-3088
Supervisor - Seat C 12/31/2024 Scott Seeley
51598 Etters Road
Talmoon, MN 56637
  (218) 832-3022

Post Office:     Served mostly by the Talmoon Minnesota Post Office:
US Post Office
49926 State Highway 6
Talmoon, MN
(218) 832-3516
Toll Free:
(800) ASK-USPS

Regular Business Hours:
Week Days       6:30 am - 8:00 pm

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Utility Type Utility Name Utility Phone
Electricity North Itasca Electric (218) 743-3131
Natural Gas n/a n/a
Wastewater n/a n/a
Water n/a n/a
Telephone Arvig Communications (888) 992-7844
Cable TV n/a n/a

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Lake Name Size
Lake info Lake Map Rec Map Topo Map
Big Too Much 284
Jessie 1,753
Little Jessie 637
Little Spring 133
Little Too Much 67
Peterson 130
Spring 126

Health Care:

Hospital and clinics available in Deer River and Bigfork

Students attend school in Deer River

Jessie Lake School.
Jessie Lake School - 1907

Jesse Lake Lutheran Church
44281 County Road 4
Talmoon, MN 56637
Phone: (218) 832-3883

Jessie Lake Baptist Church
Talmoon, MN 56637
(218) 832-xxxx
Pastor: Rev John R. Olson






Aspen Springs Resort

47405 County Road 135
Talmoon, MN 56637

(218) 832-3064
(800) 444-0098

A vacation should be worry free, a time to remember, unwind, recharge, have an adventure and make wonderful memories. We at Aspen Springs would like to welcome you and your friends to our Resort;  right on the edge of the northern wilderness;  where family fun, abundant wildlife, amazing fishing and fall hunting combine to make the best vacation spot ever. Jessie Lake has excellent populations of walleyes, northern pike, crappies and perch.  We are in Chippewa National Forest on Jessie lake, where you can see bald eagles, loons, deer, pelicans, and woodpeckers, hummingbirds and song birds. In the autumn you are treated with outstanding fall colors and crisp days. Some things ... like vacations don't come often enough ... so come, be our guests ... ENJOY LIFE ON THE QUIET SIDE.

Jessie View Resort and RV Campground
45756 County Road 35
Deer River, MN 56636
(218) 832-3678

Resort View from Jessie Lake

We invite you stay with us and experience the natural beauty of Northern Minnesota's Chippewa National Forest. Whether you're looking for a quiet cabin on an excellent walleye lake or relaxing, modern camping facilities, Jessie Lake's only resort and campground offers superb accommodations for your vacation. Fish species in Jessie Lake include walleye, perch, northern pike, crappie and bass. Other activities include canoeing, bird watching, hiking, hunting, boating and relaxing!   Our cabins are open year 'round for fall bear, grouse and deer hunting, and winter activities including snowmobiling and ice fishing.

Three Cedars Resort 48989 County Road 134
Talmoon, MN 56637
(218) 832-3016
(888) 832-3016

Three Cedars Resort is a family resort vacation destination located on the east shore of Jessie Lake, one of the top walleye lakes in Itasca County.  The resort is located 37 miles northwest of Grand Rapids, Minn., and approximately 4 hours from Minneapolis/St. Paul.  The resort's eight cabins are nestled in 16 acres of pristine northwoods at the heart of the Chippewa National Forest. 

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Jessie Lake Watershed Association
The Jessie Lake Watershed is located in northwestern Itasca County, and encompasses ten lakes and four tributary streams, and is located entirely in the Chippewa National Forest. The Jessie Lake Watershed Association includes representatives from all four of the major lakes in the watershed, Jessie, Peterson, Spring and Little Spring lakes. They are part of the Sand Lake Chain, and their waters feed Bowstring Lake via the Bowstring River and eventually travel north to the Rainy River Watershed through the Bigfork River, ultimately reaching Hudson's Bay. Jessie Lake, the largest in the Watershed, is the eighteenth largest of the 950 lakes in Itasca County. Because of the aesthetic beauty of the lake and its surrounding area, as well as its status as a premier walleye fishery, Jessie Lake is the recreational destination of hundreds of visitors and area residents throughout the year. It is ranked 15th (of 150) on the Itasca County Plan's priority list - a list of lakes that "provide the highest recreation potential in regards to fishing, boating, etc. and also have a greater potential for development." It also made "Minnesota's Top 100 Walleye Lakes List" published by the Hunting and Fishing Library.

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