On the Shores of Beautiful Lake Yankton
Named after the largest lake in the Central European country of Hungary, picturesque Balaton, Minnesota was platted in July 1879 and incorporated on December 12, 1892. Balaton rests on Lake Yankton in Lyon County and has a population of about 620. The Balaton Fun Fest annually draws visitors from around the area during the first weekend of July with events that include a boat parade, as well as a street parade and dance, fireworks and much more. Balaton is a great destination point for summertime outdoor activities and its parks sport a sand volleyball court, four clay horseshoe courts, picnic shelters, and softball and baseball fields. The scenic Fred Swanson Memorial Trail starts at Knudsen-Bosley Park on the shores of Lake Yankton.
Balaton’s residents are proud of their volunteer fire department and ambulance service that serves three neighboring communities and 10 townships. The city also built and owns the 9-hole “East Bay” Golf Course that is enjoyed by many in the area. Balaton’s citizens actively support their community and encourage participation in their civic organizations such as 4-H, the Lion’s Club, Women of Today, the Park Commission, the Historical Society and the American Legion. Visit beautiful Balaton soon!