*Including all of the Town of Lodi
Update: Friday, March 20, 2015
information found at that location. Please tap on a county.Fire Danger: VERY HIGH
Parts of county are not regulated by DNR More InfoThis county contains both DNR Protection Areas AND
areas where the DNR does not regulate outdoor burning. It is your
responsibility to know where you are burning. If you are not sure where your
burn location falls, you must contact the DNR, fire department, town
chairperson, or local municipal official for clarification prior to any
Burning is allowed today
from 6 pm to midnight ONLY for a covered
barrel, debris pile less than 6x6x6 feet in size, and grass or wooded area less than 10 acres WITH A BURNING PERMIT.*
Any burning in excess of this
requires a special permit through the local DNR Ranger Station. If your burn
will produce significant smoke, please notify your local sheriff's office (608)
742-4166 to prevent unnecessary emergency responses.
*A WI DNR
Annual Burning Permit can be obtained on-line (no fee) on
http://dnr.wi.gov or in-person at the Lodi Town Hall, W10919 County Road V during
normal office hours of 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Mondays through Fridays.
April D. Goeske, Clerk-Treasurer*
* & Emergency Fire Warden
Town of Lodi
W10919 County Road V
Lodi, WI 53555
Phone: (608) 592-4868
History of the Town of
The Town of Lodi is
located in the southwestern part of Columbia County, south of Lake Wisconsin.
It is north of Dane County, east of the Town of West Point, west of the Town of
Arlington, and it surrounds the City of Lodi.
The scenic area had long
been a home for Native Americans before the first Euroamerican settlers,
Marston and George Bartholomew, staked their claim in March 1845. Fertile soil
and the Wisconsin River soon drew others. By 1846 a county government was
established which created Pleasant Valley Precinct. Its boundary lines were
initially retained when the Town of Lodi was created in January 1849. Within a
year it was divided into the current Towns of Lodi and West Point.
The first settler in Okee
was Samuel Ring who built the first sawmill there in 1847. The community was
originally called Ringsville, but later changed to adopt the Native Americans'
name for the creek which flowed through it, now known as Spring Creek. Seth
Bailey platted it in 1858 and become co-owner of the local sawmill on the
creek's dam with partner Miller Blachley. The lumber business prospered with
the river's transport of logs from the northern pineries which were snaked up
the creek to their mill.
In 1875 the railroad was
built to traverse the town, and it gave rise to new commercial ventures such as
the area's first flour and grist mill. The area changed again dramatically
after the turn of the century will the construction of a dam on the river at
Prairie du Sac. It flooded sections of the town, including the millpond in
Okee, and created Lake Wisconsin. Soon, the lakefront communities of Okee and
Harmony Grove appeared which, over time, evolved from seasonal cottages to
In the latter part of the century the town experienced much growth and
development. It faced the daily challenge of managing it while preserving its
valued rural character and protecting its many natural resources, including
wetlands, woodlands, creeks, streams, lake and river. The lands characteristics
which drew Native Americans to the area for generations continues to appeal to
The Town of Lodi
is located in Columbia County,
Wisconsin, United States. The population as of January 1,
2014 is 3,292. The unincorporated communities of Harmony Grove
and Okee are
located in the town. The Town has the 3rd highest population in Columbia County,
and the 2nd highest total assessed value in Columbia County.
According to the United States Census
Bureau, the town has a total area of 28.9 square miles
(74.8 kmē), of which, 27.1 square miles (70.1 kmē) of it is land
and 1.8 square miles (4.7 kmē) of it (6.27%) is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,882 people, 1,078
households, and 845 families residing in the town. The population density
was 103.2 people per square mile. There were 1,285 housing units at an average
density of 47.5 per square mile. The racial makeup of the town was 98.71% White, 0.14% Black or African American,
0.50% Native American,
0.14% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander,
and 0.47% from two or more races. 0.47% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 1,078 households out of which 33.8%
had children under the age of 18 living with them, 70.7% were married couples living together, 4.5% had a
female householder with no husband present, and 21.6% were non-families. 16.9%
of all households were made up of individuals and 6.4% had someone living alone
who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the
average family size was 2.92.
In the town the population was spread out with
24.6% under the age of 18, 5.8% from 18 to 24, 30.9% from 25 to 44, 27.8% from
45 to 64, and 10.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38
years. For every 100 females there were 106.3 males. For every 100 females age
18 and over, there were 104.7 males.
The median income for a household in the town
was $56,250, and the median income for a family was $60,288. Males had a median
income of $39,129 versus $28,203 for females. The per capita income for the town was $23,900.
About 1.2% of families and 2.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.3% of those under age
18 and 5.1% of those age 65 or over.
Photographs courtesy of Gary N-Ski who can be contacted at www.garynski.com
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