Welcome Friends!
Watab Town Hall is located at 660 - 75th St NW, Sauk Rapids, MN
(Please note that this is not the mailing address. See "Contact Us.")

Watab Township is located on Benton County's west central border, and is one  of the County's most urbanized Townships. Although there are no cities or rural centers located in the Township, due to its proximity to Sartell, Sauk Rapids, and St. Cloud, as well as such residential amenities as the Mississippi River and Little Rock Lake, Watab is experiencing increased pressure for further development. 

Watab is also the least agricultural Township in Benton County. With 8,596 acres, only 63.1 percent of its land area is designated as Agricultural. Residential development is the second largest land use category in Watab.  Consisting of 3,094 acres or 22.7 percent of the total Township land area, most of these residential areas are located around Little Rock Lake and the Mississippi River. In addition, there are a number of scattered small lot farmsteads as well as larger lot rural residential estates located throughout the Township. According to the most current data, the population of Watab is approximately 3,200 people, which is greater than the cities of Foley and Rice combined.

Due to the location of U.S. Highway 10 in Watab, commercial and industrial development comprises a larger share of its land area than other townships. Comprising 464.4 acres or 3.4 percent of Watab's land area, commercial and industrial development is focused on providing goods and services to the surrounding area as well as to the traveling public. As the Watab area grows, commercial development will continue to be located along this regional highway.

Official notices can be found in the Sauk Rapids Herald, the official newspaper for the township, as well as on Benton Cable Channel 3.

Every attempt has been made to ensure that the information contained on this web site is valid at the time of publication. Watab Township reserves the right to make additions, changes, or corrections at any time and without notice. Additionally, Watab Township disclaims any and all liability for damages incurred directly or indirectly as a result of errors, omissions, or discrepancies.  
This web site includes links to other Internet sites that are not controlled by or endorsed by this township. Watab Township takes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of these linked sites. 

Watab Clean Up Day 2014     

September 13th was a record-breaking day for participation. Thanks everyone for helping keep Watab looking good!!!
Rent your Town Hall. Cost is only $50 for township residents. See the Town Hall Rental Page of this website for further details or call the Township Clerk, Pat Spence, at 255-8916.
Watab Warning Siren
An outdoor warning siren was installed on Isaac Road on November 4th. During testing, the siren was heard indoors six miles away. Thanks to Benton Telecommunications Foundation, a local foundation, for a grant of $15,000; East Central Energy for a grant of $5,000 from their Operation RoundUp Program; and Xcel Energy for a $500 grant. 

The siren is activated by the Benton County Sheriff's Department. Testing occurs at 1:00 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month.

Watab Township is a member of the Central Minnesota Water Education Alliance (CMWEA). Visit the website below to take the Clean Water Pledge and find tips for homeowners.


If you are a resident of Fire District 1 (served by Rice Fire Department), please mail in your survey response by Wednesday, November 26th. The board will make a decision after your input at the December 2nd board meeting.

The Quiet Zones for Lakewood Shore Rd and County Rd 79 railroad crossings were established on August 4, 2014 with a two-week "learning curve" for the engineers to stop blowing the whistles. Whistles will still be sounded if engineers see any unsafe condition ahead or if starting from a stopped position. The township is now collecting financial donations from residents who made pledges and is accepting donations from residents and businesses who benefitted by these projects. Thanks to The Cove Development Company for the first donation of $3,000 to this fund.
Town Board Regular Monthly Meeting:  Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 7pm
    Click here for agenda

Voter turnout for General Election Day was 1163 registered voters.
Special thanks to our Election Judges for their service.