Forest Township at a glance:
Forest Township is in the heart of the Minnesota lakes country near Itasca State Park and Park Rapids, MN.
Two largest lakes: Bad Medicine & Big Basswood
Other Lakes: Bass, Equay, Gardner, Kneebone, Little Basswood, Mallard, Missouri, Sockeye & Wahbegon
Total Area: 36 sq. miles; 32.4 sq. miles of land & 3.6 sq. miles of water
Population: 79 residents
history of Forest Township
The geographic area now known as Forest Township was originally part of Round Lake Township, which was established on June 20,1921. In 1978, Round Lake Township residents voted to create the township zoning ordinance. This initiated 28 future Forest Township residents to sign a petition dated January 4, 1979, to split from Round Lake Township. The petition to form a new township was prompted by the desire to protect the Bad Medicine Lake area from overdevelopment. "Forest" was adopted as the name for the new township. The first official meetings for Forest Township were held at Bad Medicine Resort from 1979 to 1989.
The Forest Township Hall located at 35406 East Bad Medicine Lake Road was built in 1989. The first meeting was held there on July 10, 1989.