Ideal

Ideal Township is a charming, small community nestled in Crow Wing County, Minnesota. Situated amidst the stunning lakes and forests of the Northwoods region, Ideal Township offers residents and visitors a serene and idyllic setting for a quintessential Minnesota experience. Known for its recreational opportunities, the township boasts numerous pristine lakes for fishing, boating, and swimming, as well as extensive trails for hiking and snowmobiling. With a small-town atmosphere, Ideal Township embodies the essence of rural Minnesota living, where residents enjoy a close-knit community, natural beauty, and a peaceful lifestyle while still having convenient access to nearby amenities in larger towns and cities.

Real Estate Statistics

Average Price $445K
Lowest Price $1
Highest Price $52M
Total Listings 25,083
Avg. Days On Market 163
Avg. Price/SQFT $615

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Area Information

Located in Crow Wing County, Ideal Township offers a prime location for those seeking both natural beauty and accessibility. Located within the Brainerd Lakes Area, it enjoys proximity to popular destinations like Brainerd and Nisswa, known for their recreational attractions, shopping, and dining. The area is renowned for its abundance of nearby lakes, including the Whitefish ChainPelican Lake and Lake Ossawinnamakee —  making it a haven for water enthusiasts, anglers, and outdoor adventurers. Residents and visitors can also explore the nearby Paul Bunyan State Forest, a vast wilderness that provides endless opportunities for hiking, camping, and wildlife observation. Ideal Township offers the perfect blend of rural tranquility and convenient access to amenities, making it an ideal destination for those looking to embrace the beauty of northern Minnesota. Communities neighboring Ideal Township include the cities of Crosslake, Manhattan Beach, and Emily/Fifty Lakes to the east and northeast, and the cities of Breezy Point, Jenkins and Pequot Lakes to the south and southwest.

Community Attractions in Ideal, Minnesota

Ideal Township, Minnesota, boasts a range of community attractions that cater to both residents and visitors. One of the standout features of the township is its pristine lakes, such as Upper and Lower Whitefish Lakes (part of the larger Whitefish Chain of Lakes), which offer excellent fishing, boating, and swimming opportunities. The area's extensive network of trails, including the Paul Bunyan State Trail, provides fantastic options for hiking, biking, and snowmobiling, ensuring year-round outdoor enjoyment. The annual Ideal Fire Department Beef Feed is a beloved annual community event, drawing locals and visitors together. 

Bars and Restaurants 

Norway Ridge Supper Club - Serving the Ideal Township area for over 75 years. Reservations are recommended or grab a seat at the bar! 

Old Milwaukee Club - Known for their whimpie burgers and hometown atmosphere! 

Local Events

Ideal Beef Feed - An annual fundraiser for the Ideal Township Fire Department and First Responders that draws hundreds of people each year. 

Trails and Parks 

Paul Bunyan Trail - A former railroad, the paved Paul Bunyan trail runs directly through the nearby town of Pequot Lakes. The trail extends over 120 miles from beyond Bemidji in the north to just past Brainerd in the south, popular for walking/running, biking, and cross country skiing in the winter time. 

Rollie Johnson Natural & Recreational AreaThe Rollie Johnson Natural and Recreational Area is a series of 2 small and 1 large island known locally as "Big Island". These islands located within Upper Whitefish Lake are open to the public and are managed by the MN-DNR. Accessible only by boat! 

Veteran's Hiking TrailEnjoy this 2.6-mile out-and-back trail near Pequot Lakes, Minnesota. Generally considered an easy route, it takes an average of 49 min to complete. This trail is great for birding, hiking, and walking, and it's unlikely you'll encounter many other people while exploring. Dogs are welcome but must be on a leash.

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