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County Information
Established December 20, 1902

Clearwater County is home to Lake Itasca, the source of the Mississippi River.
Portions of the Red Lake and White Earth Indian reservations extend into the county.

County Seat

From the county government's website:
The 83rd of Minnesota’s 87 counties was established by the proclamation of Governor Samuel Van Sant on December 20, 1902. It is 60 miles in its length and 18 miles in width, lying north and south. Its name was taken from the Ojibwe word “gawakomitgweia,” which means “clear water”. The county’s topography is unique, with the northern part being drained through the Clearwater River and eventually the waters going to Hudson Bay, while the southern part has its drainage into the Mississippi River and then to the Gulf of Mexico. Undoubtedly the most famous fact about Clearwater County is that it is the home of the source of the mighty Mississippi River whose headwaters are in Lake Itasca which lies inside equally famous Itasca State Park. Itasca Park still contains over 3,000 acres of old growth pine, which in earlier years was abundant throughout the county.



Bear Creek Township
Clover Township
Copley Township
Dudley Township
Eddy Township
Falk Township
Greenwood Township
Hangaard Township
Holst Township
Itasca Township

La Prairie Township
Leon Township
Minerva Township
Moose Creek Township
Nora Township
Pine Lake Township
Popple Township
Rice Township
Shevlin Township
Sinclair Township
Winsor Township


South Clearwater
North Clearwater
Rice Lake CDP

 Online Data



Church Histories / Records

Death Records

Family Bibles

Miscellaneous Data

School Records

Wills/Probate Records

Website Updates:
Oct. 2013: Obit: Solberg
Bio: Reff

Oct. 2012: Obits: Larson, Richert, Swartz
Marriages: Carver - Wilson; Ehllers - Larson; Glaserud - Klepp; Hanson - Downing; Risberg - McFarland; Robinson - Foker; Telander - Davis; Vogel - Sorenson; Wilson - Johnson
Community News for Bagley - July 1907, June 1908 and Oct. 1915

Feb. 2012: Obits: Porter, Shattuck, Webster; Crime News: Demo, Engen

Dec 2011: List of Cemeteries; WW2 Army and Air Force Casualties; Korean War Casualties; History and significance of Township, village and river names


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