Buyers looking for a large recreational lake close to the Twin Cities like Chisago Lake which is part of the Chisago Chain of Lakes. There is great appeal to one lake being connected to another. Most buyers have done their homework before visiting an open house, as they already know the size, the depth and the water clarity from the DNR’s Lake Finder website. Many of them are looking for a second home or retirement home and Chisago Lake offers some smaller homes under $300,000.

  Chisago Lake is part of the Chisago Chain of Lakes and Chisago Township and Chisago City were named after Chisago Lake, which is from the Ojibwe language, meaning large and beautiful. That is a wonderful description of the lake.

  Chisago Lake is only 30-40 minutes from downtown St Paul. It is known as a great fishing lake, with 944 acres comprised of a large basin, small islands, shallow bays, and has a maximum depth of 34 ft. It is home to Paradise Park on the north side, with a sandy beach, beautiful picnic area and children’s playground. The historic site of the Dahl House is located on the west side. Chisago Lake is connected to South Lindstrom Lake by a natural channel. It has one boat landing in the channel area between the two lakes.

  There are about 190 homes on Chisago Lake ranging from cabins, to townhomes, to apartments, to luxury homes. There are homes with sandy shorelines, gentle slopes, and homes on a bluff with great views.

  In 2015 there were only 4 water front homes that sold on Chisago Lake.  The least expensive house sold for $302,500 with 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, and 100 ft. of lakeshore. The most expensive house sold for $367,000 with 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, and 132 ft. of lakeshore. There is also a townhome development on the lake; the Shores of Eagle Ridge, featuring one level living with a marina. There were four townhomes that sold in 2015 with prices ranging from $195,000-$262,000.

  There are currently 4 active listings on Chisago Lake, with prices ranging from $259,800-$309,900. Listings can be viewed at

  When buying or selling a home in the Chisago Lakes Area, it is important to work with a local area expert that knows the features and benefits of each of the lakes.

 Ask the Real Estate Agent is a weekly column by Cheryl Kempenich of Coldwell Banker Burnet, who lives and offices in the Chisago Lakes Area. Submit your questions to All information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed. For legal assistance consult an attorney.