Big Lake Info and History

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In the late 1800s and early 1900s, the Big Lake Area was comprised of three thriving and bustling mill towns, Montborne, Ehrlich, and Big Lake.  The town of Big Lake was owned by the Day Lumber Company.  The town site was located at the north end of the lake and had a train depot, company store, post office, hotel, boarding house, and many other miscellaneous buildings.

The Day Lumber Company even had it’s own “tin money” that was used to pay workers and to make purchases at the company store.



By 1925, fires had destroyed the Big Lake mill towns.  Some of the houses and hospitals have survived, others are just a memory.  If you look closely, you can see the remains of the mill at the north end of the lake.
For more information regarding Big Lake’s history, see


While mainly a rural area, Big Lake boasts a 9-hole golf course on the lake’s east side, a 50s-themed bar & grill, a 100 year old elementary school, a beautiful dairy, and of course, our community store. Big Lake Grocery is located at the historic north end of the lake near the Volunteer Fire Department and Big Lake School.  The Big Lake community population was listed at 1,835 in the 2010 census.

For more information regarding the Big Lake Fire Department and their brand-new Fire Station, see