Portage Township

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Welcome to Portage Township Minnesota, better known as Buyck (pronounced bike).
We are located in St. Louis County approximately 125 miles north of Duluth Minnesota. Situated in the Kabetogama State Forest, Portage Township boasts some of our country's best fishing as well as beautiful scenery. With lakes, trails and the Vermilion river, there is sure to be something to catch your interest here in Buyck, MN.

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Local Events

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Our township meetings are held on the 3rd Monday of every month. Meetings are at 7:00 p.m. in the Buyck Volunteer Fire Department Building.

Our Fire Department's business meetings are held on the 2nd Monday of the month while the FD meetings and trainings are at 6:30 PM and EMR meetings are at 6:30 also in the Buyck Volunteer Fire Department building.

We are now having EMR meetings on the first Monday of each month !
Come join us for some fresh
First Aid / CPR training...
Free to the public !


Sadly, St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Buyck is Closed.

Services at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Orr, MN are held on Sundays at 8:30 a.m.

Services at Crane Lake Non-Denominational Church are held on Sundays coffee ends at 9:00 a.m., worship service at 9:30 a.m..

Pork & Corn Feed

The Fire Department's annual Pork & Corn Feed will be held on Saturday August 5th, 2023

!  Gun Raffle  !

The Buyck Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting their annual Gun Raffle on November 18, 2023 at Myrtle Lake resort.


What to do in
Buyck ?

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Some of this country's best hunting is right here in our back yard. From Whitetails to Black Bear, Grouse, and Duck, we've got what you're hunting for (pun intended) right here in Buyck, Minnesota.

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Walleye, Northern Pike, Crappie and Bass. We've got a lot of fish in these parts and they're just jumping to land in your pan ! There are plenty of Bluegill and Sunnys too.
Photo courtesy of Gold Mine Camp.

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What better place to come for some great wildlife shots. For those of you who like to hunt with your lens, Buyck Minnesota might just have what you're looking to shoot.
Photo courtesy of Kathy Weiand.

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Houses, cabins and hunting properties are available through local realtors. Why not make Buyck Minnesota your family's next get-away haven.

What else can you do in Buyck you ask ?

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Summer Sports

Atv's provide a popular way to get together with others. Here in Buyck, we've got the trails to make your memories on.
Voyageur Country ATV recently held their annual "Spring Ride" on Saturday April the 16th. Were you among the many riders welcoming spring to the Northland ?

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Winter Sports

Snowmobiling is a popular way folks get together here in Buyck, MN. With powder covered trails and frozen rivers and lakes, there are plenty of places to ride.
There are multiple clubs in the area if group riding is your thing.

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Ice Fishing

Fishing is a year round sport here in northern Minnesota. You don't have to have an Ice House to enjoy fishing, but it helps if you like to stay warm and cozy. So, grab your sled or ATV, pack up and head out to the water. Pop a hole and start pulling in those fish.

A Little History

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Life was difficult in the early years. For a fee of $18, a settler received 160 acres on the western frontier thanks to the Homestead Act of January 1, 1863. By 1900, settlers were arriving to Tower from the Duluth-Superior area, traveling over Lake Vermilion by barge or steam-boat in summer and horse teams in winter, to homestead in the Buyck area. They brought with them their family, animals, and all their earthly belongings to start a new life.
Excerpt and photo from: Portage Township: Better Known as Buyck, The First 100 Years.

So this is how it started. In the late 1800's several settlers’ cabins were in the area. Jackson's Hotel was on the south side of the beautiful Vermilion River. In the early 1900's, Charles Buyck moved his family from Superior, Wisconsin to that spot and built. Life was difficult in the early years.
They joined the loggers, timber cruisers, government surveyors, and prospectors looking for gold. They farmed and proved up their homestead claim which required a five year commitment to receive their title from the government.

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