Forest Lake Real Estate

Forest Lake has a high population of northern pike, largemouth bass, walleye, and many pan fish (bluegill, 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. Forest Lake was home to such gangsters as Ma Barker and Bugs Moran in the early 1930s. Barker lived in a cabin behind Lake Street, while Moran lived on North Shore Drive. Just outside Forest Lake is the Wildlife Science Center, an internationally-known research and education facility that studies numerous wildlife species, specializing in wolves, the Wildlife Science Center has the largest captive population of privately maintained wolves in the United States.
Forest Lake is home to the 23,000 acres (93 km2) Carlos Avery Wildlife Management Area. When it opened in 1938 it was said to have the most diverse wildlife population of any urban area of the United States.
Forest Lake is home to St. Croix Forge, the largest horseshoe manufacturer in North America.
Running Aces Harness Park is five miles (8 km) from downtown Forest Lake.
Lamprey Pass Wildlife Management Area, the birthplace of wildlife conservation in Minnesota, is located along Interstate 35, two miles (3 km) from downtown Forest Lake. This site is the oldest known Native American settlement in the state of Minnesota, containing Hopewell tradition culture burial grounds that are believed to date back more than 2,000 years.
Acqua Restaurant, on the shores of Forest Lake, was named by users of OpenTable as being one of the top 100 scenic view restaurants in the U.S. between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013.

Forest Lake - Town vs. County Stats

Avg Walkscore in Forest Lake: 51 / County Avg 17

151%

Avg Year Built in Forest Lake: 1973 / County Avg 1997

49%

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