Town of Barnes
Town of Barnes, WI

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DNR Fire Management
Get informed about Wildland Fire. Proper burning; get a permit; current fire danger; Firewise tips; and more.


IMPORTANT UPDATE! The Denver Road project start date has been changed to Monday, June 8th.  The road will be closed until the anticipated completion date of July 2nd.  PLEASE USE ALTERNATE ROUTES DURING THAT TIME.

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT-The 4th of July Parade has been cancelled!  At this time, the fireworks have NOT been cancelled, but a final decision will be made at the June Town Board Meeting.

NOW HIRING-Certified Divers for Clean Boats Clean Waters - see description under "Town Operations", "Employment Opportunities"

April Clean-up is on-going!  Please be safe while helping spruce up our town-practice social distancing, wear gloves and masks.

CORONAVIRUS - COVID-19 pandemic Information

County Response to WI Supreme Court decision invalidating Safer at Home (May 13)
Town Office and Town Hall closed effective 3/20/20 due to COVID-19.  The Senior Meals program has been suspended.
Town of Barnes Update (April 9)
Need assistance? Want to help? Barnes Community Assistance (April 2)
Sawyer County Screening Hotline (March 26)
County has first "community spread" case (March 26)
Town Public Health Emergency resolution (March 24)
Seasonal/Second Homeowners (March 22)
Ambulance Use (March 23)
Frequently Asked Questions
Town Notice
County Health Department Notice
10 or More Mass Gatherings Order


The 2020 Census is here!  The Official 2020 Census day was April 1, 2020!

Update: Census workers will be in our area: Census workers will begin going door to door to drop off Census packets to those who have not yet responded to the Census. Please do not be alarmed they will be wearing badges and will just leave the information at your door.  People are strongly encouraged to respond promptly to the 2020 Census using the ID number included in the questionnaire packet. Responding with a census ID or the paper questionnaire helps ensure the best count of their community. People can respond online, by phone or by using the paper form in the packet.

Mailings began in mid-March. This year’s census has an online option for computers, tablets and phones. Enter your street address to completed the nine questions. Did you know that each person completing the census represents approximately $13,000 in state and federal funding for Wisconsin? Census data is not sold nor shared in any way.

THE NEW EMERGENCY SERVICES BUILDING IS COMPLETE!  An Open House will be held when it is safe to do so.  See pictures here.

Census Workers are needed!  You can apply online at or call 1-855-JOB-2020.  The pay is $19/hr (up to 20 hours per week) and will start in April and continue thru the summer.

August 11 is the Partisan Primary and November 3 is the General Election. You can register to vote, request absentee ballots and see sample ballots online at

Interested in serving on Town Committees?  Click on the Committees tab to Volunteer.

Silver Beach Elk returns to Barnes
Don't remember about this 500 year old elk? Learn more here.
Read about the recent return and Senator Bewley's visit here.
Visit the BAHA website here.

Barnes Emergency Services sent out letters to property owners in an effort to raise funds for our new Emergency Services Building and to purchase an extractor washing machine to remove cancer toxins from their gear.  To date, over $67,000 has been donated!  The fund raising goal is $125,000.   The Town has a brokerage account so we accept stock donations!  Contact the clerk for more information.

Tracy Pooler is the Bayfield County Ass't Zoning Administrator -contact him at 715-373-6138 for Planning and Zoning questions.  His office hours are suspended until further notice. 




The notices, agendas, minutes and postings on the Town website are for informational purposes only. They may not be the most current version and therefore are NOT considered the official or legal copy.
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3360 County Highway N, Barnes, WI 54873

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