Welcome to the Town of Round Lake, Wisconsin

About Our Town

The Town of Round Lake was created in 1913 from detached portions of the then existing Towns of Hayward and Lenroot. The first town meeting was held on July 7, 1913.

Much of the town’s development is centered on the lakes and rivers. The Town of Round Lake is home to individuals who support local tourism, the recreation industry, its northwoods character and natural beauty. The town covers approximately 76,800 acres of land area of which approximately 80 percent is forest. The town has an abundance of surface waters in lakes, ponds, rivers and streams. In all, the town has 140 miles of shoreline, covering approximately 5,780 acres, and 70 miles of rivers and streams. The town boasts a large number of rich wetland areas.


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Notice to Town of Round Lake Residents


Don’t put debris, material or other objects in the road right-of-way.

The town has the right to bill for any damages that are caused by your equipment (skid steers, plows, etc.) on the roadway or in the right-a-way. Per State Statues 86.01, 86.07 and 346.97, it is illegal for persons to leave deposits of any material on highways. This includes snow from a private driveway. Garbage cans must be placed and removed the same day that collection occurs.



NOTICE OF SPRING ELECTION (Town of Round Lake) (April 4, 2023)

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that at an election to be held in the Town of Round Lake, on Tuesday, April 4, 2023, the following offices are to be elected to succeed the present incumbents listed.  The term for all offices is for two years beginning on Tuesday, April 18, 2023.

Office                                                             Incumbent

Town Chairperson                                           Rolfe Hanson

Town Board Supervisor*                                  Kay Wilson

Town Board Supervisor*                                 Ginny Chabek

Town Clerk                                                       Kathy McCoy

Town Treasurer                                                Vickie Palya


NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN, that the first day to circulate nomination papers is December 1, 2022, and the final day for filing nomination papers is 5:00 p.m., on Tuesday, January 3, 2023, in the office of the town clerk.

NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN, that if a primary is necessary, the primary will be held on Tuesday, February 21, 2023.

NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN, that the final day for an incumbent officeholder to file notification of non-candidacy to inform filing officer of intent not to run for re-election (failure to notify will extend nomination papers deadline 72 hours for that office) is December 23, 2022, at 5:00 p.m.

Acceptable Photo ID will be required to vote at this election.  If you do not have a photo ID you may obtain a free ID for voting from the Division of Motor Vehicles.

Done in the Town of Round Lake

On November 16, 2022

Kathy McCoy, Clerk

Town of Round Lake



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The Town of Round Lake is located in the northwest part of the state in Sawyer County, Wisconsin. The town shares municipal borders with six towns and one county:

  • Town of Chippewa (Ashland County)
  • Town of Hayward
  • Town of Hunter
  • Town of Lenroot
  • Town of Spider Lake
  • Town of Winter
  • Ashland County


The first settlers (about 1784) to the area were French fur traders who wintered near Lac Courte Oreilles. At that time the Ottawa Indians (close relatives to the Ojibwas) inhabited the area. The major waterways of the Namekagon and Chippewa rivers allowed for easy travel around the entire region. Travelers down the Namekagon could reach the St. Croix and Mississippi rivers without portages. The Chippewa was used to go north to the Bad River and eventually to Lake Superior with a difficult portage at Glidden.

Fur trading was prominent in the area until 1839 when the first sawmill was constructed near Chippewa Falls. There were 50 logging camps in Sawyer County during the peak years of 1880-1890. The last log drive was made down the Chippewa River in 1917. Sawyer County was created on March 9, 1853. Agriculture began twelve years later. Immigrants practiced slash-and-burn agriculture as they came to the area via railroads. By 1940 there were 1300 farms covering over 129,000 acres. In 2007 there were 231 farms in Sawyer County covering about 47,000 acres.

The first fishing resort was established on Spider Lake in 1892 and catered primarily to lumbermen. As railroads lines became more established and better roads were constructed, the tourist industry began. Fish and game quickly became economic factors as the tourist industry grew. Other forms of recreation such as hunting, skiing, boating and riding soon became popular. This increased opportunities for year-round residents to make a living.

Quick Links


10625N County Rd A
Hayward WI 54843
Phone/Fax: 715-462-9271
Email: town@townofroundlakewi.org

Office Hours are on Thursdays 12:00 pm (noon) – 6:00 p.m. and other times by appointment.

Town Board Meetings are held the Second Thursday of each month , Land Use Plan Commission Meetings are held the last Wednesday of each month. Meetings start at 6:30 pm and are held at the Town Hall located at 10625 N County Road.


The average growing season for farmers in Sawyer County varies slightly by location but average between 108 and 111 days. The warmest month in Sawyer County is July, with an average daily high of 78.2 degrees Fahrenheit. The coldest month is January, with an average daily low of –5.1 degrees Fahrenheit. Precipitation records reported at the weather stations report annual precipitation of 32.24 to 32.36 inches. Annual snowfall totals reported an average 58.1 inches to 61.6 inches. The cold winters and falls, combined with the often-moist air, makes excellent snow conditions for winter recreational activities such as snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.