Welcome to Hackensack, Minnesota

Welcome to Hackensack, MN

Located on the eastern shores of Birch Lake, Hackensack, MN and the surrounding, area is the heart of your family vacation. Within a 10-mile radius, there are 127 lakes, a state forest and the Chippewa National Forest. Wildlife such as deer, black bear, bald eagles, fishers, porcupines, timber wolves, coyotes, bobcats, loons and more can often be seen.

Hackensack, MN is located in Cass County- about 50 miles north of Brainerd and 50 miles southeast of Bemidji. The population of Hackensack, MN is under 300, but this is not a sleepy community - rather a bustling, active community. Hackensack, MN still blows the fire siren every day at noon, so you can check your watch or be reminded that it is lunchtime.

While the town explodes with visitors during June, July and August, visitors come year round -to see the fall colors in September and October and take in the National Chainsaw Carving Competition   - to come ice fishing and snowmobiling in the winter or just cozy up to a warm fire - and to watch the ice go out in the spring, the leaves bud out and the many spring flowers. The landmark of Hackensack is Lucette - Paul Bunvan's sweetheart and wife of 169 years. Lucette stands watch over the city pier and the city park, as well as the Hackensack Visitor's Center and the old log cabin on the shores of Birch Lake, which now houses a library operated by volunteers. From her vantage point, Lucette can see a variety of activities and keep watch over the many visitors.

There's no doubt that Hackensack, MN has much to offer families on vacation - a place to build memories and to return to life’s basics. Enjoy the wonders of nature. Bring the whole family - go fishing, boating, play board games, swim or just lay in the sun.


Welcome to Hackensack, MN


History of Hackensack, MN

Settlement in the Hackensack area began in Lothrop, a few miles north of the current community. James Curo built a log building, which housed his living quarters, a grocery, a general store. and a post office. The Ojibwa Indians mostly inhabited the area, but settlers began building around Curo's enterprise as early as 1884. When the railroad pushed north in 1896, Lothrop was abandoned.   No trace of the town exists today. Hackensack was officially put on the map in 1902, and Bye Bartlett and Curo, who came to the area from Hackensack, NJ, decided its name. Industry at the time centered on logging and a sawmill. The Minnesota and International Railroad came through town on the site of the current Paul Banyan Trail. Most of the retail shops were built of wood, many of which were destroyed by fires. Several of these structures were replaced with brick structures. In 1915 the Royal Ice Cream Parlor was a busy place-serving tourists in the area and was also known as a place to buy fireworks. There were several hotels, general stores, and even a hospital on Pleasant Lake. There was a bank, but the depression led to its demise. Today there are many businesses.

   The Legand of Lucette

Lucette stands 17 feet high, and the legend of Paul Bunyan s Sweetheart and wife is not much different than the legend of Paul, himself. Lucette grew much faster than other children and her parents were in need of a bigger room for such a large girl on the family farm in Iowa. Then Lucette's aunt and uncle issued a plea for help in their north woods logging camp and Lucette went to Minnesota to help out.   Upon her arrival, the aunt and uncle realized that they would need to build a larger cabin to house such a big person, so they called upon the legendary Paul Bunyan to help level some trees for the building. Paul arrived, and with one swoop of his axe, leveled enough trees to make her a home. Having never seen the girt, Paul ran into her one day in the woods, when she was poking among the forest undergrowth with her walking stick, seeking mushrooms. Aside from the fact that she was a size more fitting to Paul's own size, and even appeared to be somewhat deformed on her right hip, he fell in love. Following a suitable courting period, they were married back in Iowa on June 9, 1838. They returned to Minnesota, where she lived in the logging camp. Paul, however, was known to roam far and wide seeking more trees to fell.

The reality of Lucette is that local businessman Doad Schroeder felt Hackensack needed something to draw visitors. He came up with Lucette, and constructed her out of wood, cement and sand. He gave her genuine moose eyes. A national contest was launched in 1951 to select a name for this creation, and the name Lucette Diana Kensack was entered by a woman from Iowa. On June 27, 1952, the first Paul Bunyan Sweetheart Festival was held in Hackensack. In 1991, a high wind toppled Lucette's head, but residents of Hackensack were prompted to repair the damage. When they took her down, they discovered she was pregnant. She returned with a new face, and Paul, Jr. appeared with her and was installed at his mother's side. In 2005, Paul, Jr. was moved and can now be found in front of the Hackensack City Hall.

Lucette continues to play a role, not only in Hackensack, but also in references found in the University or Minnesota annals and in some school textbooks.  We even keep her warm in the cold north winters with a 20-foot scarf around her neck, just in time for Back to Hack in January.

After years of standing alone and then years of having Paul. Jr by her side. Lucette needed to be reminded that Paul Bunyan was out there someplace. When Paul, Jr. moved to City Hall, Lucette wanted a reminder of Paul, Sr., so when the 1st National Chainsaw Carving Invitational was over, Hackensack responded. A wooden carving of Paul now stands watch over the trail bearing his name - Paul Bunyan. He's a smaller version of  Paul himself, but just as imposing. And the best part is that Lucette can clearly keep her eye on this version - much like you might keep a photograph of your loved one.

Enjoy our Resorts
Our resorts are the heart of your family vacation - where you can escape to enjoy the sunrise or the sunset over the lake, sit around the campfire, swim, fish and just plain relax. You can enjoy many amenities at your resort - watch the wildlife, go for a boat ride, or find new family activities.   However, plan on getting away from the television and phones - this is about family time - down time - an escape from the worries of the world.
Many of our resorts started in the 1940s and 1950’s with individual cabins on the lake. Every cabin is unique as is every resort, and cabins are close enough to make fiends with your neighbors, but large enough away to enjoy your privacy. They're the type of resorts where to bring the kids and share the life that "used to be" - long before television, computers, and electronic games took interest away from togetherness.
You'll meet other families and make new friends - sometimes lifelong friends from all over the country. Many people reserve the same week even' year just so they can meet their friends "from the Lake", get re-acquainted and catch up on what's happened over the year.
Enjoy our Area Trails
Hike, Bike, Skate, Ski, and Snowmobile.   Hackensack, MN is blessed with several beautiful trails and free parking from which to reach the trails.   The hard-surfaced Paul Bunyan Trail runs from Brainerd through Hackensack and north to the Heartland Trail  The hard-surfaced Heartland Trail continues to Park Rapids, or to Walker and on to Cass Lake where it connects with the Mi-Gi-Zi trail.   Hikers and in­line skaters also enjoy the 100 plus miles of dedicated trail.   Wild flowers, wildlife, magnificent forest and lake views greet the visitor.   Pedal, hike or skate through spectacular  woods in the Chippewa National Forest between Hackensack, MN and the Heartland Trail.
Few towns in Minnesota are closer to a premier national hiking trail than Hackensack, MN. The North Country Trail and National Scenic Trail crosses Hwy. 371 just 6 miles north of Hackensack near the Chippewa National Forest picnic grounds, a few steps away from the Paul Bunyan Trail.   Hackensack, MN is a great place to launch a back packing trip across the entire width of the Chippewa National Forest or beyond.   The North Country Trail stretches from North Dakota to New York.
In the wintertime, the Paul Bunyan Trail is open to snowmobiles without studded tracks.   In addition to the Paul Bunyan Trail. Hackensack is part of an exhaustive system of mapped and marked snowmobile trails that stretch through the forests to neighboring towns near and far.   Snow shoeing and cross country skiing rake place on the North Country Trail. There are many groomed cross-country skiing trails near Hackensack, MN.

Below is a list of some of the most popular lakes in the Hackensack Minnesota Area. When looking for lake property for sale Hackensack has some great lakes to choose from for lake homes for sale, lake cabins for sale, lake cottages for sale and even lake lots for sale. Please let us know if you would like more information about any of these lakes or a current list of Hackensack lake property for sale on any of these premier lakes.


The majority of the Hackensack Real Estate is wooded with many meandering logging trails through out the land making this area of North Central Minnesota a popular destination for those seeking a place for recreation, hunting, bird watching, snowmobiling, etc. There is plenty of Hackensack hunting land for sale and recreation land for sale in the area in addition to all of the Longville lake property for sale.


Baby Lake

Baby Lake, Hackensack, Minnesota is a 705-acre lake has 11.73 miles of shoreline and a maximum depth of 69 feet. Walleye are abundant in Baby Lake. Muskellunge (Musky), Large Mouth Bass and panfish are also available to give anglers a challenge. Baby Lake is popular more so for its great fishing than its excellent sand shoreline and sand lakefront property. Most of the Hackensack lake property for sale on Baby Lake is sold to those looking for a great fishing lake instead of a recreational lake. Those searching for Hackensack lake homes and Hackensack lake property on a excellent fishing lake will not want to overlook  lake property for sale on Baby Lake


Big Deep Lake

Big Deep Lake, Hackensack, Minnesota is a 484 acre lake with a maximum depth of 107 feet. There is no public access on Big Deep Lake. There is exceptional water clarity on Big Deep Lake as it is a spring fed lake. Most of the lake homes and lake cabins on Big Deep Lake look across at the western shore and is part of the Deep Portage Preserve (a large recreational land acreage open to the public) and kept in its natural state. Big Deep Lake offers some excellent sand shoreline beaches for those looking for great swimming as well as many natural shoreline lake cabins and lake homes for sale.


Birch Lake

Birch Lake, Hackensack, Minnesota is a 1284-acre lake that has 14 miles of shoreline and a maximum depth of 45 feet. This lake is primarily managed for northern pike and walleye and secondarily for bluegill, largemouth bass, black crappie, and yellow perch. The lake property owners of Birch Lake homes and Birch lake cabins in Hackensack enjoy an added bonus. After spending a day enjoying their lake property, they can boat into town, park at the city docks and enjoy a great meal at one of the restaurants in town. Birch Lake has many areas of excellent sand shoreline and many older cabins sitting right on the water front. Birch lake is a fun lake to put your boat in at the city docks and take a slow cruise around the lake while looking at Hackensack lake property for sale and Hackensack lake homes.

Birch Lake Homes For Sale

Birch Lake Property For Sale


Five Point Lake

Five Point Lake, Hackensack, Minnesota is a 219-acre lake. Northern pike, largemouth bass and walleye, black crappie, call this lake home. This is a great lake for taking the grandkids fishing as you are almost always guaranteed some action. Although sand shoreline is hard to find on this lake except a few special areas offering excellent sand beaches, the setting and quality of fishing definitely makes this a popular lake for those looking for Hackensack lake property for sale and Hackensack lake homes for sale.


IXL Lake

IXL Lake, Hackensack, Minnesota is a small 102 acre spring fed lake with a depth of about 40 feet. IXL Lake is a smaller lake with great water clarity and fishing. Recreational land is abundant in the area. Several lake cottages are found on IXL Lake. IXL Lake is only about 7 miles from the public access of Woman Lake offering lake home owners the privacy and serenity of a smaller lake and recreation of Woman Lake and Woman Lake Chain.


Kid Lake

Kid Lake, Hackensack, Minnesota is a 166 acre lake with depths over 50 feet. There are very few lake homes for sale or lake cabins for sale to be found on this lake as most of the lakeshore is in its natural state offering lake home owners great privacy. Kid Lake connects by a navigable channel to Lost Lake. You will find walleye, bass, panfish, northern pike, and musky swimming the waters of Kid Lake.


Lost Lake

Lost Lake, Hackensack, Minnesota is a very quite peaceful lake with 2 large islands in the middle. With only a handful of lake homes and lake cabins on the lake you may find yourself on Lost Lake alone most of the time. Lost Lake connects via channel to Kid Lake.


Man Lake

Man Lake, Hackensack, Minnesota recently had a name change from Mann Lake. Man Lake is a 445-acre lake with a maximum depth of 93 feet. There is no public access on Mann Lake. Mann Lake provides good fishing for a variety species, particularly smallmouth bass, muskellunge and walleye. Mann Lake is accessible from Baby Lake with a small boat. Those looking for a good quality lake with out a lot of other lake homes or lake cabins on it in the Hackensack area will often look for a lake property for sale on Man Lake.


Pleasant Lake

Pleasant Lake, Hackensack, Minnesota is 1038-acre lake that has 6.26 miles of shoreline and a maximum depth of 72 feet. Both walleye and northern pike are abundant in Pleasant Lake and well as panfish. Some of the best sand shoreline in the area can be found on Pleasant Lake Hackensack MN. The excellent sand shoreline as well as the great fishing and close location to Hackensack makes Pleasant Lake a top choice lake for many people looking for a Hackensack lake home for sale, Hackensack lake property for sale, or Hackensack lake cottage for sale.


Portage Lake

Portage Lake, Hackensack, Minnesota is 279-acre lake that has 3.11 miles of shoreline and a maximum depth of 95 feet. This spring fed lake has excellent water clarity and some fantastic fishing. There are not a lot of lake homes for sale and lake cottages for sale to be found on Portage Lake Hackensack MN as much of the waterfront is public land offering great privacy and serenity.


Stony Lake

Stony Lake, Hackensack, Minnesota is a 595-acre lake that has 6.0 miles of shoreline and a maximum depth of 50 feet. Stony Lake is a great recreational lake and is one of the clearest lakes in the state of Minnesota. Walleye, northern pike, bass and panfish like to call Stony Lake home. Stony Lake is located very close to the Chippewa National Forest for year round enjoyment and there is a lot of great Hackensack hunting land acreage for sale to be found close to Stony Lake. Those looking for a Hackensack lake property, Hackensack lake home for sale, or Hackensack lake cottage for sale, will want to consider this quality lake.


Ten Mile Lake

Ten Mile Lake, Hackensack, Minnesota is a 4669-acre lake that has 21.8 miles of shoreline and a maximum depth of 208 feet. Northern pike are most abundant in this lake followed closely by the walleye. Other species found here include black crappie, largemouth bass, sunfish, and smallmouth bass. Much of the 21 plus miles of shoreline on Ten Mile Lake is some of the best sand shoreline to be found in northern Minnesota. Those looking for a Hackensack lake property for sale, Hackensack lake home for sale or Hackensack lake cottage for sale on a larger lake will want to consider Ten Mile Lake. Ten Mile Lake is one of the largest lakes by Hackensack, MN.

Ten Mile Lake Homes For Sale

Ten Mile Lake Property For Sale


Trillium Lake

Trillium Lake, Hackensack, Minnesota also known as Lizzard Lake, is a 136-acre lake with no public access and a maximum depth of 48 feet. Several 5# plus bass are caught on this lake each year. With no public access, the lake homes and lake cabins on Trillium Lake can enjoy a lack of a lot of recreation.


Webb Lake & Little Webb Lake

Webb Lake, Hackensack, Minnesota is a 754-acre lake that has 4.6 miles of shoreline and a maximum depth of 84 feet. Some of the best sand shoreline in Hackensack area can be found on Webb Lake. Much of the excellent sand shoreline has gradual drop offs making it ideal for swimming for children and grandchildren. Many Lake cottages and lake homes enjoy the clear waters of Webb Lake. Those looking for Hackensack waterfront property for sale with excellent sand shorelin should consider Webb Lake.


Widow Lake

Widow Lake, Hackensack, Minnesota is a 180-acre lake. The lake has 2.98 miles of shoreline and a maximum depth of 46 feet. Widow Lake offers good opportunities for anglers seeking a variety of species that including largemouth bass, black crappie, northern pike, bluegill, yellow perch and walleye. There are several lake cabins and lake cottages on Widow Lake as well as year round lake homes.


Woman Lake Chain

Woman Lake Chain is located between Longville and Hackensack, Minnesota and encompasses 5496 acres of some of the best water in northern Minnesota. Woman Lake Chain is comprised of 4 different lakes, all connected by the Boy River. Each Lake offers something different for people who have lake homes and lake cottages on the Woman Lake Chain. People with lake homes on the Woman Lake chain can navigate to all of the lakes by boat. One popular thing to do after spending a day out on the water is to boat to 1 of 2 restaurants on the Woman Lake Chain for a meal. You can boat to Patrick’s Fine Dining on Girl Lake in Longville or McGuire’s Inn on Little Woman Lake, Hackensack, both offer free dock service. The Woman Lake Chain, Longville is a world class fishery for those looking to pursue a variety of fish. Walleye, northern pike, largemouth and smallmouth bass, and panfish like to call the Woman Lake Chain home. The surrounding area around the woman Lake chain offers a lot of vast wilderness including the Chippewa National Forest. Those looking for hunting land or acreage or recreational acreage near the Woman Lake Chain will find plenty of areas to look.  The lakes on the Woman Lake Chain have several bays and points making this chain of lakes a popular lake for those who have lake homes and lake cabins on Woman Lake Chain to go out for a long quit boat ride. Below is some information on Child Lake, Little Woman Lake (Squaw Lake), Woman Lake, Broadwater Bay, and Girl Lake which make up the Woman Lake Chain.


            Child Lake

            Child Lake, Hackensack, Minnesota is a 316-acre lake that has 3.7 miles of shoreline and a maximum depth of 29 feet. There is not as much sand shoreline to be found on Child Lake as there is on Woman Lake, however there are some areas that do offer excellent sand shoreline. Child Lake is on the West end of the Woman Lake Chain and is a popular lake to go catch a basket full of big bluegills. Child Lake and Little Woman Lake are the least populated lakes on the Woman Lake Chain, those looking for a Woman lake cabin for sale, Woman Lake home for sale, or Woman lake property for sale with a little more privacy may wish to consider Child Lake.

            Little Woman Lake

            Little Woman Lake, Hackensack, Minnesota is also known as Squaw Lake and is the smallest lake on the Woman Lake Chain totaling 30 acres in size. There are just a handful of lake homes and lake cottages to be found on Little Woman Lake of the Woman Lake Chain.

            Woman Lake

            Woman Lake, Hackensack and Longville, Minnesota. Woman Lake is the largest lake on the Woman Lake Chain. Comprising 4782 acre lake with a maximum depth of 54 feet. Rumor has it that Woman Lake was named one of the ten most beautiful lakes in the world by National Geographic. Weather this is fact or fiction, ask anyone who has a lake home or lake cottage on Woman Lake and they will tell you that Woman Lake by Longville, MN is a beautiful lake and worth anyone’s time to launch a boat and explore.  Lake homes and lake cabins on Woman Lake range from a classic lake cabin to exquisite lake homes. Excellent sand shoreline is easy to find on the main part of Woman Lake. There are several waterfront properties on Woman Lake located just a few feet from some of the best sand shoreline to be found in northern Minnesota. Many of these lake cabins and lake cottages have been around since the early 1900’s and offer a rustic cabin feel that is second to none. When looking for Hackensack lake homes for sale, Hackensack Lake cottages for sale, Hackensack lake property for sale, you may want to consider the world renowned Woman Lake Chain.

            Broadwater Bay

            Broadwater Bay is actually a bay of Woman Lake however many consider this a lake of its own. The Minnesota DNR actually classifies it as its own lake. Broadwater bay is 714 acres in size and has a maximum depth of 45 feet. Many of the lake home and lake cabin owners on Broadwater Bay of Woman Lake appreciate the size and beauty of Broadwater Bay and the easy access to Woman Lake which is just around the corner.

            Girl Lake

            Girl Lake, Longville, Minnesota is 406-acres in size. Girl Lake has 9.36 miles of shoreline, and a maximum depth of 81 feet. Girl Lake is the farthest lake to the East of the lakes that make up the Woman Lake Chain. Girl Lake comes right into downtown Longville, which is where the city docks are located.  Those that have lake cabins and lake homes on Woman Lake Chain will come into town by boat and shop the local stores, grab an ice cream cone or a bag of groceries. There are not many places in the world that offer this luxury. Most of the waterfront property on Girl Lake does not have the excellent sand shoreline that Woman Lake offers, however there are some places on the lake that do offer excellent sand shoreline. If you look around while boating on Girl Lake you will still notice some lake cottages and lake cabins from the early days when Longville was first established. Many of these waterfront properties are located just a few feet from the waters edge.

Woman Lake Homes For Sale

Woman Lake Property For Sale


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