WELCOME TO THE ONE AND ONLY BALATON
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 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.
Other parks and recreation sites include 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
City Hall: 507-734-4711, 134 Third Street
Office Hours: Mon - Thurs. 7- 4 Fri. 7 - Noon
Mayor - Wayne Steffes
City Council Members:
Greg Erickson Scott Wood
Curt Paradis Carmen Villa
City Clerk: Roberta Joehnck
Deputy Clerk: Sherri Roemeling
Chamber of Commerce-A Town & Country Club:
Julie Erickson, President: 507-734-2351
Rental Information Contact KirPatrick's
City Library: 507-734-2034
Frontier Communications (Phone/Internet)"
MVTV High Speed Internet:320-564-4807
Electricty: Xcel Energy: 800-895-4999
Cable: MidContinent Communications: 800-888-1300
Garbage: Waste Management: 507-929-3772
Natural Gas: Minnesota Energy: 800-889-9508
Make payments with credit card or debit cards: