Resources & Important Information

Area schools

Century College
White Bear Lake Area Public Schools #624
White Bear Montessori – Gem Lake, Minnesota

Ramsey County

Buckthorn Removal
Ramsey County Yard Waste
Ramsey County Online
Ramsey County Recycling & Waste Links

Gem Lake Businesses

Current Gem Lake Developments

Villas of Gem Lake

Government Resources

Metropolitan Council
Ramsey County Emergency Communications
Ramsey Washington Metro Watershed District
Shoreland restoration
Vadnais Lake Area Water Management Organization
White Bear Lake area Chamber of Commerce


Curbside recycling contractor – Waste Management
Gopher State One Call
Gem Lake Road Restrictions

City of Gem Lake Directory

2021 City of Gem Lake meeting schedule

2021 City of Gem Recycling Calendar

Guidelines for Gem Lake Meetings adopted 7 18 2017

2021 City of Gem Lake Fee Schedule

Important Information

Snowplowing/Snow removal rules:

Winter Parking rules:  No parking on any city street from November 1 – April 1st.  Minnesota Statute 160.2715 Section (a) subdivision (1) advises that pushing/blowing snow from driveways and sidewalks onto public roads may be punishable as a misdemeanor.  Snow deposited or left on roadways creates a real hazard to passing motorists which can cause serious accidents.  Because the practice is illegal to begin with, the person depositing the snow, as the prime cause of the accident, may also find him/herself faced with civil liability lawsuits.  The City of Gem Lake urges you, as good neighbors and motorists, not to add to the hazards of winter time driving.

Selling your house?

If you have a septic system, you need to have a septic inspection before you sell/transfer property.  You may choose to have any licensed inspector perform the work.  Results need to be sent to the City prior to the property transfer.

Dog licensing/tags:

Dog License Application

Rental Property:

Rental Dwelling License Application

Right of Way Work:

Going to work in the City of Gem Lake’s  right-of-way?  A permit is required.  Right of Way Permit

Moving Into Our City, Some Questions You Might Have:

The City of Gem Lake requires each resident to have garbage service.  You may chose whomever you like provided they are a licensed hauler, to haul your garbage.

The City of Gem Lake recycling service is every other Wednesday.  Trucks arrive early, sometimes before 7:00 a.m., best to put the recycling bin out the night before.

Some residents have city sewer, some have a septic system.  If you have city sewer, currently city sewer is billed quarterly, $50.00 a quarter for residents.  The Villas of Gem Lake fees are explained in the 2021 fee schedule, page 17 and 18.

No city water is available in the residential area of Gem Lake with the exception of the Villas of Gem Lake (see the fee schedule for water and sewer rates).  City water for the Villas of Gem Lake is from the City of Vadnais Heights.  In addition, city water (from White Bear Lake) is available in the business district.

All city streets speed limit is 25 MPH with the exception of Goose Lake Road and Otter Lake Road which are Ramsey County roads.

The City of Gem Lake contracts with:

  • City of White Bear Lake Police Department for police services
  • City of White Bear Lake Fire Department for fire
  • White Bear Township Public Works for Public Works emergencies that threaten the health and safety of our residents or our infrastructure such as
    • Water main breaks
    • Sewer line back ups
    • Other emergencies

For emergencies, call 911.  For non-emergencies, call 651 429-8511. For after hours and weekends Public Works emergencies 651-755-9828.

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  • To reach the City of Gem Lake – please call 651 747-2790 or 651 747-2792

    City offices/days open: 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Monday-Thursday, closed Fridays.