Summit Lake Township, Nobles County, Minnesota

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Summit Lake Township is a township in Nobles County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 368 at the 2000 census.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 36.2 square miles (93.6 km²), all of it land. The main geographic feature of Summit Lake Township is the Buffalo Ridge, a drainage divide between the Mississippi River and Missouri River systems. Other geographic features include the Kanaranzi Creek which flows westard to the Missouri River via the Big Sioux River, and the Jack Creek which flows eastward to the Mississippi River via the Des Moines River. Summit Lake once existed in section 11 of the township, but was drained in subsequent years. If the lake existed today, it would be the highest elevation body of water within the state of Minnesota.[3]

Main highways include:

(Discontinued - Renamed Nobles County Road 25)

  • County 25.png Nobles County Road 25
  • County 13.png Nobles County Road 13
  • County 14.png Nobles County Road 14


Organization of Summit Township was approved by the Nobles County Board on May 20, 1873. The first township meeting was held on June 5, 1873. The original name of the township was Wilson Township. However, the county board was informed by the state auditor's office that another Wilson Township existed elsewhere in the state. The township was briefly renamed Akin Township on June 15, 1874, but once again, the county was informed that another Akin Township existed within the state. On July 27, 1874, the township was given its present name of Summit Lake Township in honor of a lake in section 11 of the township. Presently, two Wilson Township's currently exist within Minnesota, one in Cass County and the other in Winona County. There is no Akin Township anywhere within the state. Summit Lake, the namesake of the township, no longer exists having been drained and lost in the passing years.[4]

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