Moose Lake is located 25 miles southwest of Cloquet and 43 miles southwest of Duluth. Interstate 35, Minnesota State Highways 27 and 73, and County 61 are four of the main routes in Moose Lake.


American Indians once roamed the area back in the early years. The old Indian Trail crossed the Moose Horn River near the present city on a rocky fording place. The Old Military Road ran east of the present city and was first used in 1856. It ran from St. Paul to Superior, and stagecoaches and freight wagons, pulled by horses, traveled the rutted road through the woods and swamps of the area.

A stagecoach stop, named by the early inhabitants who saw big animals they mistook for elk, called it Elkton. The stop was near Little Moose Lake, located east of the city. The development of the current location of the city came along with the railroad. The Northern Pacific Railroad started in 1864 when Jay Cooke received congressional authority to build a railroad from Lake Superior to Puget Sound, on the West Coast. The depot was soon built, and the town grew around the railroad, which remained the important artery to the north and south until the trains stopped running and the tracks were removed in the 1980s.

Logging and lumbering were big industries in the area for more than 50 years. A sawmill was located on the shore of Moosehead Lake, and, for years after its demise, logs would occasionally float up from the depths of the water. The village was incorporated on February 15, 1889.

Moose Lake is known as the Home of the World's Largest Lake Superior Agate, located at First National Bank, and agates have attracted visitors to the area to search the gravel pits and roads for 45 years. The Fourth of July and Agate Days in mid-July are the city's two biggest attractions, bringing thousands of people to the area each year.


The city continues to thrive, and plans for new commercial and housing development will continue to bring growth to this city that has risen from the ashes.

School District

Moose Lake Elementary School is located at 413 Birch Ave, Moose Lake, MN 55767 and caters to Kindergarten through 6th grade students. Small class sizes, ranging between 18-23 students, enable educators to give students the attention they deserve.

Moose Lake High School is also located at 413 Birch Ave, Moose Lake, MN 55767 and caters to 7th through 12th grade students. With an enrollment average of 400 students, this facility boasts three networked computer labs, a fully-equipped business lab and a well-rounded curriculum.

Things to Do

Moose Lake State Park

Established in 1971, the park is 1,194 acres in area including 5.5 miles of hiking trails, 105-acre Echo Lake, a wildlife pond, paved trail to Moose Lake and Willard Munger State Trail, and the Agate and Geological Interpretive Center.

Rolling hills surrounded by fields, woods, ponds and fishing lakes make this park popular for hikers, anglers, canoeists, swimmers and campers. Quiet Echo Lake is ideal for catching bass, northerns and panfish. The Willard Munger Trail stretches for 60 miles from Hinckley to west Duluth.

Be sure to stop in the Agate and Geological Interpretive Center when you visit Moose Lake State Park. The 4,500 square foot building, located at the entrance to the park, opened in 2003 and includes a multi-purpose classroom, nature store gift shop, park offices, a resource workroom, restrooms, and an exhibition hall that showcases Minnesota's gemstone, the Lake Superior Agate. Interpretive displays focus on rocks, minerals and geology of Minnesota.

Local Restaurants

Art's Café

This local staple still serves up bottomless cups of coffee for just $.40 cents – what more could you ask for! How about a menu of diner favorites served with a smile. You got it.

Joe Jitters Coffee House

For quality coffee drinks in the area, look no further than Jo Jitters where you’ll also find smoothies, breakfast and lunch food, a friendly staff and a peaceful atmosphere.

Gamper's, Food, Liquor & Bowling

A family-friendly establishment, Gamper’s offers a menu of American classics, a full service bar/lounge, and an 8-lane bowling alley for you to enjoy.

Moose Lake Brewing Company

Housed alongside Moosehead Lake, this local brewery is easily accessible by car, bike, ATV or walking. The handcrafted beers served in the taproom and on the outdoor patio are on rotation but are known to include Blondes, IPAs, EPAs, Stouts, and Wits!

Places of Worship

There are several places of worship in Moose Lake that include but are not limited to Moose Lake United Methodist Church, Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, Holy Angels Catholic Church, Hope Lutheran Church, Evangelical Covenant Church, Moose Lake Seventh Day Adventist Church, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, New Life Tabernacle Church, Saint Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church, and Kettle River Apostolic Lutheran Church.

Local Businesses

Local businesses include but are not limited to Bremen Woods Resort LLC, Moose Lake Motel, Moose Lake State Park, St. Croix River Resort, Nickerson Campground, Beaver Roofing, BOLDT Construction, First National Bank of Moose Lake, Little B's Learning Center, Fond Du Lac Tribal & Community College, Moose Lake Community Schools, Willow River School District, Mercy Hospital, TJ's Country Corner, Winky Dinky Donuts, Benoit's Bait, Minit Mart of Moose Lake, MarketPlace Foods, Downtown Dental Care, Frieberg Cleaning Service, Thrifty White Pharmacy, Sandstone Area Golf Course, YMCA Camp Miller and Moose Lake Auto Value Auto Parts. Visit the Moose Lake Chamber of Commerce website for a complete list.