Population (2010)


Visitor Information

Direct your questions to the Anoka Area Chamber of Commerce (763.421.7130).


Many of the earliest settlers in what became Dayton had French Canadian roots, but the town was named for Lyman Dayton, a New Englander from St. Paul who was not French Canadian. He owned a lot of land in the area and platted the town site. Dayton was a busy small town in the late 1880s, with a strategic position at the confluence of the Crow and Mississippi Rivers. A flour mill and saw mill were among the early industries. Dayton is split between Wright and Hennepin Counties, in case that fact comes up in your next trivia contest.

Exploring the Area

The northern end of the Mississippi National River & Recreation Area begins at Dayton and Ramsey and continues for 72 miles through the Twin Cities to Hastings.

Entertainment and Events

Farmers Market

Dayton hosts a farmers market on Fridays (2pm-6pm) from July through September at Raintree Plaza (11311 Dayton River Rd.).

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Where to Go Next

Heading upriver? Check out Otsego.

Heading downriver? Check out Champlin.

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