About the City of Isle


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 707 people, 323 households, and 198 families residing in the city. The population density was 336.0 people per square mile (130.0/km²). There were 414 housing units at an average density of 196.8 per square mile (76.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 87.13% White, 11.74% Native American, 0.14% Asian, and 0.99% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.42% of the population.

There were 323 households out of which 23.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.4% were married couples living together, 10.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.4% were non-families. 35.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 21.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.19 and the average family size was 2.81.

In the city the population was spread out with 22.2% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 21.4% from 25 to 44, 24.2% from 45 to 64, and 24.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 91.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $32,375, and the median income for a family was $37,250. Males had a median income of $27,083 versus $21,731 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,609. About 3.2% of families and 5.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.8% of those under age 18 and 9.4% of those age 65 or over.


  1. ^ a b “2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File”. American FactFinder. U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 Census. Retrieved 23 April 2011.
  2. ^ a b “American FactFinder”. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ “US Board on Geographic Names”. United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.


Isle Harbor Township and Isle, a city and port of Mille Lacs, are named for their excellent harbor, partly enclosed and sheltered in storms by Malone Island, also called Great or Big Island. The townsite was established in 1906 and incorporated as a village on November 1, 1913; it first opened up for homesteading in 1891, and the first business was a general store and hotel built in 1894 by Charley Malone, who became the first postmaster in 1896 and first mayor in 1913. Malone acquired the title to the large island off the southeast shore of Mille Lacs, which he named Ethel for his eldest daughter; when the post office was established he requested the name Ethel’s Island, but the department felt the name was too long and they shortened it to Isle.

Isle Public School 1920


In addition to the Isle School District, major employers in the area include:  Teal’s Market, Lakeland, Inc., Spectrum Metal Plating, Cemstone and Doppler Gear.

Industrial Sites

Isle Development, Inc. owns 84 aces one mile south of Isle along Highway 47.  Doppler Gear and Suburban Propane are two tenants located in the park.  For further information contact Roger Tramm at 320-676-3154.


Isle has a privately-operated airport, leased and maintained by the Isle Flying Club.  The 2,500-foot sod runway is located just north if Isle in East Side Township off Highway 47, across from Portside Bait & Liquor.  For further information contact Dave Retka or Pat Moenkhaus. 320-674-0065.


There are two cemeteries in the City of Isle.  The City Cemetery is located at 1150 Superior Street and the Faith Lutheran Cemetery is located adjacent to it at 1180 Superior Street.

Parks and Recreation

The Isle City Park is located at 575 5th Avenue North adjacent to the lake.  The park has a band shell, toilet facilities, picnic grills and playground equipment.  The Jaycees playground is located at the IREC on CR17, off Main Street.  Father Hennepin State Park is at the west end of Main Street.


The Mille Lacs Health System Isle Family Clinic is located in town. Having a local clinic improves our city’s quality of life.


Isle School District 473 has an elementary and high school. The Isle Recreational Education Center (IREC) also hosts the preschool and Alternative Learning Center.


As part of the East Central Regional Library System, the Mille Lacs Lake Community Library offers not only books but movies, computers, internet usage, printing and scanning.