The City of Sleepy Eye was named after the body of water bordering its northwest side. The lake was named after a peaceful, friendly Dakota Chief named Ish-Tak-Ha-Ba (Sleepy Eyes). Sleepy Eye is located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 14 and State Highway 4 in south central Minnesota. The Canadian Pacific and Soo Line Rail also runs through the community.
Sleepy Eye prides itself on history and traditions, and also a desire for progress and community growth. The many local businesses provide a wide range of agricultural, manufacturing, business, industry, and services. Being located in the heartland of Minnesota has aided in making Sleepy Eye a great place for agribusinesses to thrive and succeed. The community also has available lots for new business and industry to build, grow, and develop.
Many amenities are available like a lake, lake trail, campground, water park, event center, hotel, golf course, numerous parks, historical markers and monuments, a local brewery, and more.