The Jewel of Isanti County
The Jewel of Isanti County
Spectacle Lake is only 239 acres located between Princeton and Cambridge in Isanti County. It is 1 of 7 lakes in the county, with Green Lake right next to it. It is a spring fed lake with a sandy bottom, and it has over 20' of water clarity. People enjoy many water activities on this beautiful, clean, recreational lake.
Eurasian Water Milfoil, Curly-leaf Pondweed, Zebra Mussels
black bullhead, black crappie, bluegill, brown bullhead, green sunfish, hybrid sunfish, largemouth bass, northern pike, pumpkinseed, sunfish, walleye, yellow bullhead, yellow perch, bowfin (dogfish), white sucker, banded killifish, blackchin shiner, black nose shiner, blunt nose minnow, emerald shiner, golden shiner, Iowa darter, Johnny darter, mimic shiner, pugnose shiner, spotfin shiner, spottail shiner,
There is a portable restroom, but there is no trash container. Please take your trash with you. There are boat inspectors Thurs-Sun.
There are several signs posted at the landing to keep you safe and to protect the lake.
County owned machine has liquid & weed vacuum, brush, air sprayer, & plug tool.
There are two picnic tables under the shelter, nice grass to sit on, & roped off swimming area in the water.
No pets are allowed at the beach. Wyanett Township has a beach attendant there when the beach is open.
The gate will be closed & locked when the beach is not open. No illegal parking or you will be towed.
Loons are a protected species, so please keep a safe distance from them. We treasure these beautiful loons! We also have several eagles nesting nearby, so you will often see them out fishing and flying in the area, as well.
Ice Off: 3/16/2016, 3/25/2017, 5/2/2018, 4/18/2019,4/21/2020, 3/24/2021
Ice On: 12/9/2016,12/7/2017, 11/28/2018, 11/12/2019, 12/1/2020
Our residents decorate their boats & pontoon boats to celebrate the 4th of July. The categories are: Children's theme, Patriotic theme, and top 3 overall. Come out & watch the parade at 2:00pm & enjoy!
If you have lost an item, please post it on Facebook and residents will keep an eye out for it. You may also send us an email on the form at the bottom of this site, and we will try to get lost items back to you.
We have a Neighborhood Watch program around the lake & residents keep an eye out for various issues that arise. The county sheriffs also patrol often, both on the lake & off the lake.
Please read the signs at the landing and beach, as well as know the safety rules & DNR rules for MN.
Saturday, June 5, 2021 at the Wyanett Town Hall
Members decorate their boats for the parade, and those who enter will receive a number to display once they are lined up at Manke's.
Prizes will be awarded at the end & pictures will be posted on Facebook & the website.
1st place & trophy, 2nd place, 3rd place overall,
best children's theme,
best patriotic theme & trophy, &
best shoreline enthusiasm.
5482 336th Lane
Please join us!
5178 337th Ave. NW
minnow races, lasso golf, & beanbag toss
Bring a dish to share & chairs.
The photo is from Eva Wickstrom Danielson's Photo Album. She is in the plaid blouse in the photo.
Wow! Green Lake Brook? School land?
See who owned the land way back in 1914!
Not sure what the marks are inside the lake, just that they are not lake lots!
Can you find your place yet?
Stan Peterson & Jim Walburg purchased this cabin in 1955. It is located on Cobalt Drive.
Pictured are Jim & Ruth Walburg with "Tootsie" Peterson.
Lake view of the cabin.
Photo taken from the road by the south corner.
Boat was where Stan Peterson's yard was later in 1960 on Cobalt Drive.
Jim Walburg on "The Dredge." Muck was pumped through pipes floating on 2
55 gallon drums. Muck was used to fill in Cobalt Drive area.
Taken from the newspaper Aug 1955 Cambridge Star: On the neck of the point of Spectacle Lake there is a swamp covering almost 2 acres. Recently, Jim Walburg of St. Paul & Stan Peterson of Mpls. purchased the land...with hopes of having suitable lakeshore a year from now... by pumping muck from the lake to fill the swamp with their homemade dredge.
in 1937, George & Freda Manke bought THE shady Rest Resort, and in 1969 Bob & Carol Manke took over running the resort. Bob & Carol closed their beach, store, and picnic area, after 66 years as Manke's Resort, and several years before that as The Shady Rest Resort. The 7 cabins are gone, and Isanti County no longer has any resorts on Spectacle Lake. Many wonderful memories were made at Manke's that will be forever in the minds of so many who were lucky enough to spend time there.
Erv & June Barr bought the Pine Beach Resort in 1947, there were 5 cottages, a picnic area, & a pavilion which was built in 1930. Barr's expanded the pavilion, where it was a roller rink during the day, and a dance hall at night with live bands and a bar. Many stories are told of the fun spent at this resort for all ages. It is also said that some people even met their future spouse roller-skating or dancing here.
Buckhorn Resort closed in 2019
One of the earliest cabins on the lake.
Dancing & roller skating fun.
Fun on the dock and pontoon.
1959: Looking toward the boat landing from the Kinney cabin.
1959: Norman Kinney's cabin on the hill. Stan Peterson's cabin is below to the left on this photo.
Picture taken from Point Road/Cobalt Drive looking towards Stan Peterson's lot.
Looking at the dock and lake from Stan" shoreline in 1960.
1954: Dave's cabin sat 2 lots to the left of the boat landing.
Members may check out our PRIVATE page to see more information from our Association. Click the 3 bars at the top of the home page for the pull down menu & you will see the private page tab. Send us your email address to subscribe.
The public landing and the public beach are both located on Cobalt Circle on "the point." Please drive slow and keep to the right, as it is a one way. There is No Parking along the road anywhere, only within the parking lots, or you may be ticketed.
33422 Cobalt Circle Northwest, Wyanett, Minnesota 55008, United States
Cobalt Circle, Cambridge, Minnesota 55008, United States