Becker County, Minnesota

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Welcome to the Becker County, Minnesota project page!

Becker County is located in west central Minnesota and was approved by the legislature on March 18, 1858. The county is situated in the heart of what is known as Park Region and is considered one of the state's most beautiful and versatile recreation areas.

The county contains more than 400 lakes and encompasses 11 communities, including the county seat, Detroit Lakes. It is the only Minnesota county containing all the Minnesota state symbols: loons, pink and white lady slippers, wild rice, Norway Pines, blueberries and eagles.

Becker County was named for Brigadier General George Loomis Becker of St. Paul. in 1857, when Minnesota was a new state, Becker was one of three men elected as members of Congress. Minnesota could only send two, so Becker stayed in Minnesota, and authorities promised him they would name the next county after him. Thus, when the county was formed, it was named Becker after the General.[1]

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Maps and Boundaries



  • Audubon
  • Callaway
  • Detroit Lakes
  • Frazee
  • Lake Park
  • Ogema
  • Wolf Lake


  • Atlanta Township
  • Audubon Township
  • Burlington Township
  • Callaway Township
  • Carsonville Township
  • Cormorant Township
  • Cuba Township
  • Detroit Township
  • Eagle View Township
  • Erie Township
  • Evergreen Township
  • Forest Township
  • Green Valley Township
  • Hamden Township
  • Height of Land Township
  • Holmesville Township
  • Lake Eunice Township
  • Lake Park Township
  • Lake View Township
  • Maple Grove Township
  • Osage Township
  • Pine Point Township
  • Riceville Township
  • Richwood Township
  • Round Lake Township
  • Runeberg Township
  • Savannah Township
  • Shell Lake Township
  • Silver Leaf Township
  • Spring Creek Township
  • Spruce Grove Township
  • Sugar Bush Township
  • Toad Lake Township
  • Two Inlets Township
  • Walworth Township
  • White Earth Township
  • Wolf Lake Township

Unincorporated Towns

  • Midway
  • Oak Lake
  • Ponsford
  • Richwood
  • Rochert
  • Snellman

National Protected Areas

  • Hamden Slough National Wildlife Refuge
  • Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge

Records and Resources


  1. "Becker County History." Becker County Demographics. Accessed August 23, 2018.

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