Beaver Bay, Minnesota

Lake County


Beaver Bay is a small town ( with a status of "City" ) in Lake County in the northeast of the U.S. State of Minnesota. In 2010, Beaver Bay had 181 inhabitants.


Beaver Bay is located at 47 ° 15'29 " north latitude and 91 ° 18'04 " west longitude. The site covers 3.26 km ², spread over 1.89 km ² land and 1.37 km ² water surface.

Beaver Bay is located southwest of the mouth of the Beaver River on the Minnesota State Route 61, which runs in Minnesota on so-called North Shore, the north-western shore of Lake Superior. East Beaver River, which is at the other end of the Beaver Bay, not part of the urban area, but the Beaver River Township. The name in the language of the Ojibwe for the bay is Ga - gijikensikag, the place of the small cedars.


Bear River was the first settlement on the northwest shore of the lake and was founded on June 24, 1856 by members of the German immigrant family Wieland. The approximately 25 family members were deducted from the paddle steamer Illinois. As a result, they built two sawmills and 1869 and a flour mill.

The panic of 1857 caused that a number of settlements was left on the northwest shore of the lake. Beaver Bay was at that time the only permanently inhabited place between Duluth and Grand Portage.

1866 Bear Bay became the County Seat of the newly formed Lake County until it was moved in 1886 to Two Harbors. Built in 1876 the school burned down soon and was rebuilt in 1878. A 1928 finished building now serves as the seat of the municipal administration.

In the 1890s, increasingly came to settlers of Scandinavian origin. These were dedicated to commercial fishing, which flourished until the late 1960s on the North Shore. Agriculture was not as profitable as expected and so the settlement survived until the end of the 19th century, especially from the timber.

In 1924, State Route 61 was completed, bringing the tourist development began. This has become an important economic factor for Beaver Bay, particularly through sport fishing for salmon and trout in the Beaver River.

Demographic data

According to the census in 2010 lived in Beaver Bay 181 people in 84 households. The population density was 95.8 inhabitants per square kilometer. In the 84 households lived statistically 2б15 people each.

The racial the population was composed of 91.7 percent White, 1.1 percent (two people) African Americans and 1.7 percent of Native Americans; 5.5 percent were descended from two or more races.

23.8 percent of the population were under 18 years old, 57.4 percent were between 18 and 64 and 18.8 percent were 65 years or older. Only 34.3 percent of the population was female.

The median annual income for a household was $ 25,625. The per capita income was $ 18,695. 43.6 percent of the population lived below the poverty line.