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Notice of Special Town Board Meeting

There will be a Special Town Board Meeting at the Lac du Flambeau Town Hall, 109 Old Abe Road, LDF on Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at 1:00pm.

Notice of Meeting to Adjourn
 Board of Review to a Later Date

The Town of Lac du Flambeau Board of Review will
convene on the 18th Day of May, 2016 at 1:00pm at the Town Hall for the purpose of calling the Board of Review into Session.
Du to the fact the assessment roll is not complete at this time, it is anticipated that the Board of Review will be adjourned until the 21st day of September, 2016 at 9:00 a.m.  A notice will be published and posted prior to that time to confirm the meeting.


Help prevent medication misuse and abuse. There is a drop off box for unused/expired prescription medications, over the counter medications, vitamins, and medications from deceased family members located at the Tribal Police Station, 623 Peace Pipe Road in Lac du Flambeau. The hours of operation are 7:00 am. to 4:30 pm. Monday through Friday. Cross off the patient information, but leave the name of the medication on the package/bottle. Deposit the original container or put the medication in a sealed plastic bag for disposal.


The Lac du Flambeau Transfer Station is now accepting - free of charge - old/broken appliances. This includes refrigerators, microwaves, washers, dryers, freezers, water heaters, stoves, dishwashers, humidifiers, dehumidifiers and air conditioners. If you have any questions please feel free to call the Transfer Station at 715-588-3696. The Transfer Station's hours of operation are Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday - excluding some Holidays - 9:00 am. to 4:00 pm.

2016 Recycling Vouchers

2016 Recycle Vouchers are now available. Each voucher is good for a maximum of $15 and is for residential use only. Vouchers will be honored until the fund limit is reached or December 31, 2016, whichever comes first. One Voucher per household. You can pick up a voucher from the Vilas County Zoning & Planning Department in Eagle River.

The Transfer Station is now accepting asphalt shingle debris for a  nominal charge for Lac du Flambeau residents. No contractors are  allowed to use this service.



 Town History

The Town of Lac du Flambeau is located in the southwest corner of Vilas County.  The name "Lac du Flambeau" means lake of the torches, which came from the French who came to the area and saw the Ojibwe Indians spearing fish by torchlight at night.

Before January 1, 1875, Vilas County was part of Marathon County; from 1875 to 1885 part of Lincoln County; from 1885 to 1893 part of Oneida County, then the area was set off as Vilas County April 12, 1893.  Vilas County was named after William F. Vilas of Madison.  Vilas attained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel during the Civil War, was Postmaster General of the United Sates from 1885-1888, was Secretary of the Interior 1888-1891 and a U.S. Senator 1891-1897.

The town was established on June 5, 1900, and at that time was a busy logging area.  Logging came to Lac du Flambeau in 1885.  During the next 20 years, three sawmills were in operation seven days a week and eight to ten railroad cars carried timber out each day.  When the logging businesses left the area, Lac du Flambeau residents turned to resorts and tourism for economic gain.  With more than 100 lakes within the township boundaries, lakeside resorts became very popular with visitors from Chicago and Milwaukee, as well as other Midwest cities.

Notable visitors included the Mars Candy Company and the Hershey Chocolate Company families; town roads Marlands Lane and Hershey Lane were built to provide access to the properties owned by these families.

Lac du Flambeau has two forms of local government.  The Town government is organized under the provisions of the Wisconsin State Statutes, with an elected Town Board consisting of a Town Chairman and 2 Town Supervisors, an elected Town Clerk and an elected Town Treasurer; the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians operates under federal recognition as a sovereign Indian nation.  The Tribal government oversees issues relating to tribal members and tribal land.  The Town and Tribal governments work together on issues affecting the entire community.

The area known as Lac du Flambeau is what is commonly referred to as a "checkerboard reservation" i.e. there is taxable fee land regulated by the Town, interspersed with Tribal land which is regulated by the Tribe.  The Town and Reservation each cover about 140 square miles in area, but the boundaries do not match exactly.

Town government services are provided for the benefit of all residents and property owners.  They include fire protection, ambulance service, road maintenance and construction, the operation of a transfer station for the disposal of household waste and recyclables.   Zoning regulation and enforcement, property assessment and tax collection responsibilities are conducted only on fee land, conducting local, state and federal elections, animal control and liquor licensing (both done jointly with the Tribe), as well as other miscellaneous town government responsibilities.

Lac du Flambeau is a beautiful place to live, work or visit.  The sparkling waters of more than 100 lakes (including the famous 10-lake Fence Lake Chain), and magnificent forests of maple, oak, white birch, aspen, fir and pine trees all combine to provide a glimpse of Nature's finest handiwork.  Each season brings new outdoor recreation opportunities; some of the area's finest fishing, boating, hiking, biking, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, hunting, photography, wildlife and bird watching are all available here.  After a glorious day spent outdoors, be sure to visit the Tribe's Lake of the Torches Resort Casino.

109 OLD ABE ROAD  ~  P.O. BOX 68
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