With just under 900 residents, Battle Lake is a small but vibrant community located along the western shores of West Battle Lake in central Minnesota. The city has an exceptionally low crime rate, a low cost of living, and is described by its residents as a quiet town, but one that offers a variety of recreational activities, unique shops, and fine arts.

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Battle Lake Schools

Battle Lake Public School District is home to the Battle Lake Battlers and the Otter Tail Central Bulldogs. Battle Lake Elementary provides academics to students from Pre-K through 6th grade, and Battle Lake Secondary school offers academics and co-curricular activities for those students in grades 7 through 12.

Some of the secondary school’s athletic programs include students from the Henning and Underwood schools. Approximately 93 percent of students graduate from high school. A low-cost, after-school daily enrichment program is available to students in kindergarten through 6th grade from 3:15 to 6 p.m.

The school district also offers community education classes with subjects including cooking, self-defense for women, dog obedience, CPR certification, and first aid training

Recreation and Parks in Battle Lake

A beautiful wilderness area, Glendalough State Park, is located just 3 miles from the city of Battle Lake. A few years ago, the Glendalough Trail was opened, providing an 11-mile asphalt-paved, looped trail for exploration of the Battle Lake area. The trail allows easy access for bikes, inline skating, wheelchairs, and walking.

Northwest of Battle Lake is a historical site called Phelps Mill Park, a scenic area that once housed a flour mill in the 1890s. Each summer, there is a popular arts and crafts fair held there in July. The Prospect House and Civil War Museum is located on Highway 78 and houses the memorabilia of “Cap” Colehour, a civil war veteran and entrepreneur.

Battle Lake Weather

The average snowfall in Battle Lake is 49 inches annually, with winter temperatures averaging between a daily high of 38 degrees and a low of -2 degrees. The hottest summer months are July and August, but the temperatures seldom exceed the mid-80s.

There are an estimated 197 sunny days during the year in Battle Lake, with an average humidity level of 72 percent. Wind is not generally a factor impacting outdoor recreational activities. April is the windiest month, with top speeds seldom exceeding 12 mph. The area receives about 7.5 inches of rain each year.

Battle Lake Real Estate

Median home values in Battle Lake fall just below $222,000. Many homes in Battle Lake are single-family dwellings with three to four bedrooms built after 1970, but there are a significant number of homes built before 1939.

Cumulative home appreciation over the last ten years is just over 15%, which is in the top 30% across the U.S. Two of the popular neighborhoods are City Center and Urbank. Most homes in the area are owned by those who live in them.

Also available in the Battle Lake area are commercial properties; recreational parcels and hunting properties; lakefront properties; vacation cabins, developed building lots; and farmland.

Your real estate agent is the best source of information about the local community and real estate topics. Call Tom Verhelst at 218-205-2604 | Karen Zell at 218-731-6836 to learn more about local areas, discuss selling a house, or tour available homes for sale.