Lent Township is very fortunate to include 5,136 of the 8,862 acres of the scenic Carlos Avery State Wildlife Management Area located within Chisago County. The Sunrise Unit of Carlos Avery WMA is a vast stretch of tamarack bog that borders the Sunrise River and provides an excellent opportunity to see aquatic birds. The upland areas are primarily old fields, grasslands, oak woodlands and food plots. Various opportunities to experience nature include fishing, canoeing, bird watching, hiking, and hunting. Public hunting is the primary recreational use of the WMA with deer, waterfowl, squirrel and turkey the most sought after species. The area is closed from 10:00 pm to 4:00 am each night.
Lent Township has two park areas. The Reiger and Gladys Olson Memorial Recreation Area, located behind the fire station in Stacy, boasts a softball field with bleachers for the adults and colorful playground equipment for the younger generation. The Swanberg Park, located adjacent to the Lent Town Hall, features a ball field for family and team play. The park also includes a new playground and picnic areas.
The local residents encourage visitors to enjoy the scenic views while winding their way along the easily accessible Sunrise Prairie Trail, which extends beyond the north/south boundaries of Lent Township. The Lake Superior and Mississippi Railroad, a predecessor of the Northern Pacific Railway, was completed from St. Paul to Duluth in 1870. In 1970, it became the Burlington Northern Railroad. The Sunrise Prairie Trail was built on the bed of the abandoned rail line. The 10' wide, paved trail is open for walking and running, biking and rollerblading. Snowmobiling and horseback riding is allowed on the parallel non-paved portion of the trail. Sightings of deer, grouse, wild turkey and waterfowl is common. A Park-n-Ride lot is conveniently located adjacent to the trail as it crosses County Road 17 approximately .5 miles east of I-35.
The North Branch Sno-Drifters club maintains many miles of groomed snowmobile trails in the township.
The Lent Town Park Board is open to new ideas and suggestions from the public regarding existing and future parks and recreation opportunities. Comments for parks can be sent to the Lent Town Clerk.
To help our low-income customers be more energy efficient and save money on their energy bills, Xcel Energy offers three low-income energy efficiency programs in Minnesota: Home Energy Savings Program, Low Income Home Energy Squad and Multi-Family Energy Savings. These programs identify energy saving opportunities for gas or electric consumption to income-qualified customers and provides them with products and services to help lower their monthly energy bills.
- Through Home Energy Savings, customers may be eligible for replacement of qualifying inefficient appliances. It may also provide replacement of heating equipment and home weatherization for qualifying properties.
- The Home Energy Squad offers a professional inspection of a customer’s home and also offers the installation of energy-saving measures like LED lights, a programmable thermostat, low-flow showerheads and other energy efficient products.
- The Multi-Family Energy Savings Program offers electric home energy efficiency measures and educational information to people who live in apartments.
- Most of the energy savings from these three programs come from energy efficient lighting, insulation, and appliances.
We also have a 60% bonus incentive on top of rebates earned for projects at qualified low income properties available in our Multi-Family Building Efficiency program.
Natural Gas Companies
- Xcel Energy: 612-330-5500
- Ace Solid Waste: 763-427-3110
- SRC: (651) 462-1099
- Waste Management: 888-960-0008
- Terry's Disposal: 651-674-4053
Phone, Cable and Internet
- M Health Fairview
5200 Fairview Blvd
Wyoming, MN 55092
- M Health Fairview Clinic North Branch
5366 386th Street
North Branch, MN 55056
- Cambridge Medical Center
701 South Dellwood Street
Cambridge, MN 55008
- Single Family Housing Programs
- MN Housing Partnerships
- Xcel Energy Programs and Rebates
- Chisago County Veterans Services
- Senior Living Help
- Lakes and Pines
- Family Pathways
- Low Income Energy Assistance Program
- MN Board on Aging
- Citizens Supporting Our Armed Forces - CSOAF
- Chisago Lakes Beyond the Yellow Ribbon
Chisago County Sheriff
15230 Per Road
Center City, MN 55012
Emergency Communications Center
North Branch ISD 138
General Switchboard: 651-674-1000
- Sunrise Prairie Elementary School - 651-674-1100
- Middle School - 651-674-1300
- High School - 651-674-1500
Chisago Lakes ISD 2144
General Switchboard: 651-213-2000
- Primary School - 651-213-2200
- Taylors Falls Elementary - 651-213-2100
- Lakeside Elementary - 651-213-2300
Middle & High School
- Middle School - 651-213-2400
- High School - 651-213-2500
- Community Education - 651-213-2600
- District Office - 651-213-2000
- Pathways - 651-213-2071
- Hunt's Transportation - 651-213-2020
Forest Lake ISD 831
General Switchboard: 651-982-8100
- Columbus Elementary - 651-982-8900
- Forest Lake Elementary - 651-982-3200
- Forest View Elementary - 651-982-8200
- Lino Lakes Elementary - 651-982-8850
- Linwood Elementary - 651-982-1900
- Central Montessori Elementary - 651-982-3150
- Scandia Elementary - 651-982-3300
- Wyoming Elementary - 651-982-8000
- Century Junior High - 651-982-3000
- Southwest Junior High - 651-982-8700
- Forest Lake Area High School - 651-982-8400
Area Learning Center - 651-982-3170
Other Area Schools
While snowfall this winter has been less than average, fluctuating temperatures have created icing conditions in all sorts of places. Taken straight from our website, here is some timely advice on keeping gas meters clear so they can function properly:
Keep Meters Clear of Snow and Ice
Icy build-up can dangerously interfere with the flow of natural gas to and from your meter and accumulated snow can prevent the meter from operating properly by stopping the flow of natural gas. A snow-covered meter could also lead to a loss of service and freezing of inside pipes as a result of lost heat.
- Gently remove snow or ice from the natural gas meter and any associated piping
- Carefully shovel around a meter and move snow away from it
- Avoid using a snow blower near a meter
- Always keep a clear path to your gas meter to allow quick access in an emergency
If you have guests or renters in your home this winter, please help them stay safe too by printing this Winter Safety Guide (PDF) and putting it in a visible spot.
CSOAF is always collecting items! The Town Hall is a drop off location on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9am - 5pm
Pickleball is back on Tuesday at 6pm and Sunday at 1pm!