White Bear Lake is a city located in Ramsey County, Minnesota, United States. The city is named after White Bear Lake, which is the largest lake in the area. The lake was named by Native Americans because of the large number of white bears that used to inhabit the area.
The history of White Bear Lake dates back to the early 1800s when French fur traders began to explore the region. In the 1830s, the United States government negotiated a treaty with the Dakota Indian tribes to open up the area for settlement. The first permanent settler in the area was Antoine Fillebrown, who arrived in 1843 and built a log cabin near the lake.
In the 1850s, the region began to attract more settlers, and a town was established near the lake. The town was initially called Manitou Station, but it was later renamed White Bear Lake. The town grew quickly, and by the end of the 19th century, it had become a popular tourist destination.
In the early 20th century, White Bear Lake became a popular destination for wealthy residents of the Twin Cities who built summer homes along the lake. Many of these homes still exist today and are considered historic landmarks.
During the 1920s, White Bear Lake became famous for its ice harvesting industry. The lake was one of the largest sources of natural ice in the United States, and companies harvested ice from the lake and shipped it around the country.
Today, White Bear Lake is a thriving community with a rich history and a strong sense of community. The city is home to a number of historic sites and landmarks, including the White Bear Yacht Club and the White Bear Lake City Hall.
Top Tourist Attractions
- White Bear Lake - The lake itself is a top attraction and offers a variety of activities such as boating, fishing, and swimming.
- Tamarack Nature Center - A nature center located in nearby Maplewood, featuring hiking trails, wildlife exhibits, and educational programs.
- Pine Tree Apple Orchard - A popular spot for apple picking, hayrides, and other fall activities.
- White Bear Township Theater - A community theater that hosts a variety of productions throughout the year.
- Wargo Nature Center - A nature center located in nearby Lino Lakes, featuring hiking trails, wildlife exhibits, and educational programs.
- Bald Eagle-Otter Lakes Regional Park - A park located on the shores of Bald Eagle and Otter Lakes, featuring hiking trails, picnic areas, and a beach.
- White Bear Lake Area Historical Society - A museum dedicated to preserving the history of the White Bear Lake area.
- The Cottage Place - A restaurant located in a historic building that dates back to the 1800s.
- Matoska Park - A park located in nearby Shoreview, featuring playgrounds, picnic areas, and a swimming beach.
- Historic Downtown White Bear Lake - A charming downtown area with unique shops, restaurants, and historic buildings.
The climate in White Bear Lake is classified as a humid continental climate. The summers are warm and humid, with temperatures averaging in the mid-70s to low 80s Fahrenheit (around 24-28 Celsius) during the day, and cooling off to the mid-50s to low 60s Fahrenheit (around 12-16 Celsius) at night.
Fall brings cooler temperatures and vibrant foliage, with average daytime temperatures ranging from the mid-50s to low 70s Fahrenheit (around 12-22 Celsius), and nighttime temperatures dropping into the 30s to low 50s Fahrenheit (around 1-10 Celsius).
Winters in White Bear Lake are cold and snowy, with average daytime temperatures in the mid-20s to low 30s Fahrenheit (around -4 to -1 Celsius), and nighttime temperatures dropping into the teens and single digits Fahrenheit (around -10 to -15 Celsius). Snow is common from November through April, with an average annual snowfall of around 50 inches (127 cm).
Spring brings milder temperatures, with average daytime temperatures ranging from the mid-40s to mid-60s Fahrenheit (around 7-18 Celsius), and nighttime temperatures in the 30s to low 50s Fahrenheit (around 1-10 Celsius).
The city is situated on the eastern shore of White Bear Lake, which is the largest lake in the area and covers over 2,400 acres (9.7 square kilometers).
The surrounding area is characterized by rolling hills, forests, and lakes, and is part of the glacial till plains region of Minnesota. There are several other smaller lakes in the area, including Bald Eagle Lake, Otter Lake, and Goose Lake.
The city is located about 20 miles (32 kilometers) northeast of downtown St. Paul, and is bordered by several other suburbs, including Vadnais Heights, Mahtomedi, and Dellwood.
The area is home to a variety of wildlife, including deer, foxes, and a variety of bird species. There are also several parks and nature preserves in the area, including the Tamarack Nature Center, Pine Point Regional Park, and the Bald Eagle-Otter Lakes Regional Park.