Last Update: 04/27/2015 •
is a quiet, little rural township in the center of the northern
tier of Kanabec County Townships. The nearest cities are
Isle to the west and Mora (Kanabec County's seat) to the south.
The 2000 census, which is the most recent information available, gives the population of Ford Township at 177 with a projected growth by 2004 to 193. What was once an agricultural community now consists mostly of family residences, a few hobby farms and recreational land with cabins and/or second-homes.
The dominant natural feature of the Township is the Snake River winding its way through rapids, turns and twists and gentle waters in one of the most challenging waterways in the state for kayaks and canoes.
The woodlands through which the river flows are home to many species of wildlife including deer, black bear, coyote, timber wolf, and gray and red fox. Recent years have seen an increase in wild turkeys, pheasants and grouse. Sharp eyes will be rewarded with sightings of eagles and hawks as well as a wide range of songbirds - both residents and migratory. In early summer evenings particularly close to the water, keen ears should be able to pick up the sound of the elusive Whip-poor-wills calling their name over and over as they catch their supper of moths and flying insects on the wing. Another feature of the woodland is the magnificent wild flowers that are as varied as the settings in which they are found.
The Snake River State Forest allows public access to the natural beauty that we know as the Town of Ford. The residents of the township are dedicated to the long term preservation of all of these natural resources, both private and public, and encourage thoughtful and common sense decisions regarding the use of their home land.