City of Balaton
                photo credit:  TJ Bernard
There's only one Balaton...You can search the entire United States and you won't find another Balaton.  Settled in 1879 when the Dakota Central Railroad was laid, the town incorporated in 1892.  No one is sure how Balaton got it's name.  Some say it was named after  the large and picturesque Lake Balaton in Hungary.  Others claim it was named after a Mr. Balaton, a stockholder and employee of the railroad.  An early resident has written that it was to be named for Mr. Bell and called Belltown, but a traveling salesman suggested it be Balaton, saying there was only one other place with that name...a lake in Europe...the most beautiful lake in the world.   Or was it really named by vote, when residents suggested they take a "ballot - on" the name...However it comes about.,..there is still only one Balaton.  

The City of Balaton would like you to visit our town.  We invite you to check out the many opportunities that are in our communiny.  We are proud of what our community offers.  Lake Yankton is located along Highway 14 on the north edge of town.  Summer months offer swimming, boating, fishing and areas for family gatherings.  The winter also offers good fishing if you know where they are biting.  Lakeside Park is the center point for the kickoff to our annual Fun Fest celebration, which takes place the first weekend of July.  On the east side of town is the Balaton Bay Golf Course a 9 hole par 3 landscaped course and a 4 site camping area with complete full hooked, located just across from the golf course.

Other parks and recreation sites include Legion/Lions Park downtown, which provides a picnic area and nice playground equipment for the younger set.  On the west side of town is a lighted softball field and a nine-hole disc golf course.  On the east side of town is Balaton Bay a executive par-three nine hole golf course.  

Our business district will meet most of your daily needs including a bank, restaurant/pub, liquor store, vehicle and equipment repair services, gas station, insurance offices, dental clinic.  On Highway 14 there is a gas station/convenience store/restaurant.  The City's Community Center also houses the city offices and a public library.  

We welcome your visit and also invite you to consider Balaton as a place to raise a family and spend retirement years.  We have much to offer and remember there is only one Balaton

Our Services
Balaton City Hall: 134 Third Street  (507) 734-4711
  Office Hours: Monday -Thursday 7am - 4 pm, 
  Friday 7am - 12pm

City Officials:
  Mayor - Lonnie Lambertus
     City Council Members:  
  Greg Erickson - Scott Wood
  Curt Paradis - Dylan Fricke

City Clerk-Treasurer: Kimberly Wall
Deputy City Clerk: Alexus Birt

Balaton Chamber of Commerce
  Brita Fricke, President:  (507) 828-2466

Community Center:
  Rental Information Contact City Hall (507) 734-4711
​  Daily Rental:  $75.00
  Wedding Rental (Fri-Sun):  $300 with $100 deposit

City Library: 507-734-2034

Eastbay Campground: 
  Reservation Information Contact City Hall

​Economic Development Association (EDA):
  Tara Onken

  Frontier Communications (Phone/Internet)"
  Residential: 800-921-8101 
  Commercial: 800-921-8102
  MVTV High Speed Internet:320-564-4807 & 
  Woodstock Communications: 800-752-9397

Electricity: Xcel Energy: 800-895-4999
​Garbage: Southwest Sanitation 507-532-4500
Natural Gas: Minnesota Energy: 800-889-9508

Make payments with credit card or debit cards:
DID YOU KNOW?   Anyone can use ALLPAID.COM to pay the following:

Monthly Utility Bill, Community Center Rental, Eastbay Camping Fees, Fines, Zoning Permit Fees, Special Use Permit Fees, Golf Cart Permit, Fire Department Bill and Ambulance Bill.    (credit card fees will be applied)

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