Lac Du Flambeau Town, Wisconsin



2017 Vilas County Recycling Amnesty Program

There are currently 17 Recycling Amnesty Vouchers available to the public for 2017. Vouchers can be picked up at the Town Hall office and are valid for a maximum of $15 towards your cost of disposal.


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.


Procedures for preparing your household garbage and recyclables is as follows:

GLASS, PLASTIC, TIN, PAPER, MAGAZINES, AND CARDBOARD are now mixed together in the recycling compactor. Please take them out of any plastic bags if you have them bagged. Shredded paper can remain bagged. Please rinse out all containers.


Items like dishes, regular light bulbs, plates & cups, etc.

PLASTICS:  Items like plastic bags, toys and Styrofoam, etc.       

TIN:  Items like empty or dry paint cans, fuel cans, aerosol cans, etc.

HARDCOVER BOOKS:  ledger covers, spiral notebooks, etc.       

ALUMINUM SODA AND BEER CANS are acceptable as is.        

FOIL: Can be put in the recycling compactor.                            

CORRUGATED BOXES, BROWN PAPER BAGS, KLEENEX & CEREAL BOXES, SODA & BEER BOXES, TOILET & PAPER TOWEL TUBES, BIRD SEED & PET FOOD BAGS that do not have plastic inserts can go into the recycling compactor.

ALL REGULAR HOUSEHOLD GARBAGE MAY BE IN ANY COLOR BAG.  It shouldn't contain any recyclable items.

THERE IS A CHARGE OF $2.00 for a kitchen size bag (UP TO 16 GAL.) & $4.00 for a larger bag (UP TO 32 GAL.)

Refrigerators, freezers, hot water heaters, lawn mowers, bed springs, washers, dryers & most scrap metals are some of the items that will be accepted.

THE FURNITURE CONTAINER: Couches, chairs, mattresses, & carpeting are some of the items we will accept FOR A FEE. Clothing will be up to the discretion of the attendant with the same fee as for garbage.

THE SHINGLE CONTAINER: We now accept shingles and roofing tar paper FOR A FEE.

WE NOW ACCEPT: Florescent bulbs, all batteries, ballast, brush up to 4" in diameter, leaves, grass clippings & pine needles at no charge.


Motor oil, tires, (NOTE: TIRES CAN BE TAKEN TO ADVANCED DISPOSAL ON HWY 70W OR COUNTY J. THERE ARE FEES BASED ON RIMS OR NO RIMS) herbicides, paint, hazardous waste, and any electronics. You may dispose of electronics by obtaining an electronics voucher at the town hall when available and taking the items to Advanced Disposal in Woodruff.




 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 Appointed Town Clerk and an elected Town Treasurer;(effective Spring 2018 the Town Board will consist of a Town Chairman, 4 Town Supervisors, an Appointed Clerk and an elected 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. The current 2016 Town population is 3,468.

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
(715)588-3358  ~  FAX: (715)588-7923
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Printed Friday, December 15, 2017