Take a break and explore Chisago Lakes. Offering country-side charm, Shafer is part of the chain of five small towns that make up Chisago Lakes. Nestled along Highway 8, these small towns work together as one community, yet are uniquely their own.
Rolling grasses unfurl from the highway and open out toward the horizon and the St. Croix Valley as you enter the town of Shafer. Sweeping landscapes of green meadows, picturesque pastures, and barns are the essence of this region.
This long-time farming community continues to stay true to its roots with businesses that create memories and honor traditions. A key segment of the Swedish Immigrant Trail runs through the area and allows you to re-trace the steps of early settlers or meander the country side at your leisure. Enjoy apples, pumpkins and bakery treats at Pleasant Valley Orchard while enjoying broad views of the St. Croix Valley. Be sure to visit during the fall harvest time, and join in the Shafer Days celebration. You won’t want to miss the lawn mower tractor pull event or the chance to get lost in the Shafer Corn Maze.
Take time to discover wide open spaces that offer breathing room to wander, reflect and enjoy nature. Meander through the 43-acre Franconia outdoor art sculpture park, create memories at the Christmas Tree Farm, or take in a youth baseball game at the small-scale Field of Dreams baseball diamond.
Arts, nature and harvest . . . It’s all Yours to Explore in Chisago Lakes.